British long-running music website LOUDER THAN WAR is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favorite one on the Internet. They support/challenge alt-rock, post-punk, guitar-pop and all related genres by as well, small indie artists as the big ones (old and new). My kinda stuff.
As we near the end of the year, best-of lists are coming in.
LTW just published their, yes, Top 100 of best 2022 LPs.
Here are the best 5. Full list right HERE.
9th LP of the British glam heroes (1989–2003, 2010–present)
led by charismatic maestro Brett Anderson
Key single: 15 Again
Louder Than War: “An album to treasure for life. It really does contain all the bombast, swells and drama of the orchestral classical music so beloved by Brett’s father, but also an intimacy wrapped up in the intensity.”
TUTV: As much as I am a fan, this is too many Suede
by numbers. Except for one of the best singles of
the year with 15 Again the LP doesn’t work for me.
2. ‘Skinty Fia’ by FONTAINES D.C.
The third, consecutive supreme LP
by the young Irish wolves.
Key single: I Love You
Louder Than War: “It’s the masterpiece they
have been working towards from the start.”
TUTV: Also in my Top 10.
3. ‘All Of Us Flames’ by EZRA FURMAN
Singer-songwriter from Chicago
with a vulnerable heart and soul.
His/her 6th full length.
Key single: Forever In Sunset
Louder Than War: “All Of Us Flames focuses on the resistance, the struggle, and the community of the threatened. Furman says the album is, “a queer album for the stage
of life when you start to understand that you are not a lone wolf, but depend on finding
your family, your people, how you work as part of a larger whole.”
TUTV: And this pearl is also in my Top 10.
4. ‘Personal Hell’ by DEJA VEGA
DIY post-punks from Cheshire, UK with their 2nd longplayer.
Key single: Harmonia
Louder Than War: “This absolute scorcher of an album set alight the start of 2022
with a sonic bang of pure power that screams along at breakneck speed throughout,
one which burns but never crashes.
TUTV: To be honest I never heard of this band until now. Thank you
Louder Than War. These guys are amazing. No brakes, no breaks. Bingo!
5. ‘Omnium Gatherum’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
The hardest working band in the world.
23 albums in 12 years. Hallelujah.
Key single: The Tripping Tap (18-minute riff-manic psych jam)
Louder Than War: “Omnium Gatherum, a miscellaneous collection; eclecticism order of the day as they pull on every one of their strengths to create what just may be their least defined yet most defining record to date.”
TUTV: Mind-bending-boggling-banging prog-psych-rock extravaganza.