As 2022 comes to a close, we’re spoilt for choice with a range of new albums across an array of genres, including pop, hip-hop and indie-rock. From the poptastic coup d’état of Charli XCX’s CRASH to the conceptual tour de force of The Weeknd’s Dawn FM and the welcome alt-rock reboot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, here are the best albums of 2022 – a list of essential releases you simply cannot overlook…
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40: Cordae: ‘From A Bird’s Eye View’
Formerly known as YBN Cordae, American rapper Cordae Dunston has no interest in emulating his trap-infatuated peers on his second album, From A Bird’s Eye View; instead, he revives a 90s and 2000s alt-rap sound indebted to Nas and J Cole. From the braggadocio of his Lil Wayne collaboration, Sinister, to joining forces with soulstress H.E.R. and drill rapper Lil Durk on the rolling acoustic-rap of Chronicles, there is a sense that Cordae is still finding his own sound, but what he has is a refreshingly potent brew of beats that stand out in today’s trap-enamoured landscape. “I literally have a story on every single song,” Cordae told NME. “Every single song has a story attached to it.” As one of the best albums of 2022 so far, From A Bird’s Eye View has all the ingredients that Cordae needs to send him soaring skyward.
Must hear: Sinister