It seems 2022 has barely started, and yet we’ve already been 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, here are some of the best albums of 2022 so far – a list of essential releases you simply cannot overlook…
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10: Charli XCX: ‘CRASH’
An undoubtedly innovative force in pop music for the past 15 years, Charli XCX doesn’t put a foot wrong on her fourth album, CRASH. Not only one of the best albums of 2022, but also her most radio-friendly offering to date, it sees Charli grapple with UK garage (Beg For You) and even disco-funk (Yuck). Bursting with confidence and assertive lyrics that show she means business, CRASH is arguably the most immediate and streamlined project Charli XCX has ever gifted us. Her first UK No.1 album, it’s clear the record will be remembered as a career high point – judging by all the dance lessons she is said to have taken for its lavish music videos, her hard work seems to have paid off. For a long time now, Charli XCX has proven herself one of the UK’s most experimental pop treasures, and with CRASH we truly get to see her shine.
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