As we enter the final stretch of 2022, 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 so far – a list of essential releases you simply cannot overlook…
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30: Muse: ‘Will Of The People’
Reportedly setting out to make a record that felt like “a greatest hits album – of new songs”, Muse delivered Will Of The People, a wide-ranging compendium of the band’s mix of showy rock bombast and 80s-inspired pop hooks. From the dystopian synth stomp of Won’t Stand Down to the Van Halen-esque guitar flair of Kill Or Be Killed, the album is a veritable grab-bag of all the musical styles the band has mastered to date. With such a diverse mix soundtracking frontman Matt Bellamy’s strident political tirades, Will Of The People stands among the best albums of 2022, setting the stage for Muse’s world tour in the best way they can.
Must hear: Won’t Stand Down