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I'm pleased to declare that voting is now open for RAWK Album of the Year 2022.

In last year’s opening post, I reflected on 2021 having very much felt like the second half of a Covid-19-dominated double-header – touching, in particular, on the way that the horrors of 2020 had thrown many into the same boat, whilst our experiences of 2021 may have been vastly different. Given the way that Covid-19 has drifted away (at least in the UK) from its almost constant leading-story status, 2022 definitely does feel to me like a break from the two years that preceded it – I’m not sure it’s quite met my hopes for a year that would bring hope, positivity, relief, and unity however.

Besides a UN Security Council statement against nuclear war, Sadio Mane’s Senegal breaking the hearts of Mo Salah’s Egypt twice, Novak Djokovic being deported from Australia, Vladimir Putin leading the Russian invasion of Ukraine, global deaths to Covid-19 surpassing six million, the Large Hadron Collider being stoked up again, the Reds coming agonisingly close to a quadruple, England’s women bringing it home, the former Prime Minster of Japan being assassinated, lingering discussions of a nuclear World War III, heatwaves in Europe, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson being forced to resign, Birmingham apparently hosting the Commonwealth Games, Zhou Guanyu somehow surviving his accident in the British Grand Prix pretty-much unscathed, devastating floods in Pakistan, Man City deploying a ‘big boss’ as striker, Liz Truss becoming Prime Minister, the death of the second longest reigning monarch of all time, Kwasi Kwarteng announcing his budget, Holly & Phil skipping a fucking queue, David Beckham having his photo taken lots in a queue, UK financial markets crashing, a strongly right-wing government taking power in Italy, Kwasi Kwarteng being sacked, the return of the risible Hun to Cabinet, NASA recreating Deep Impact, Liz Truss being forced to resign, Rishi Sunak becoming Prime Minister, Steve Gerrard being sacked by Aston Villa, Crosby Nick surpassing one hundred thousand RAWK posts, Liverpool being selected as honorary host of the Eurovision Song Contest, Elon Musk, Bolsonaro being voted out of power in Brazil, Cristiano Ronaldo getting what he wants via a big tantrum, Matt fucking Hancock, the global population surpassing eight billion, a shame-laden FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar, the most significant protests in China since the late ‘80s, and Eddie Howe probably looking the other way and so missing all of this, not a lot has happened in 2022. And so we’re left with little more than new additions to our music collections to discuss as the festive season and the start of 2023 approach us.

I’ve found it an odd year musically. RAWK’s own ‘2022 in Music’ thread has seemed somewhat quiet, and, personally, I feel like I’ve struggled to commit the time I usually would to a couple of dedicated listens to new albums before allowing them into standard rotation (background, travel, etc). I’m hoping a few more weeks without the Reds playing gives me an opportunity to check-in on some of the albums that I feel like I’ve neglected or missed entirely this year, and I suspect that any list I put together would change significantly by the start of 2023. Besides all my own stuff, I’m looking forward to keeping an eye on the lists that others submit during the course of the next five or six weeks. So let’s be having you.

Voting will remain open for just short of a six week window, closing at 23:59:59 GMT on Friday 6th January.

The Rules

* Albums must have a 2022 UK release date.  Please check your release dates if you are unsure.
* You can list as many albums as you like but only the top 10 will score points and they must be in order.
* People that list less than 10 albums will still score points. However 5 albums or less will result in a restricted points tally for that list, but a number one album will always score maximum points.
* For the most part no live or compilation albums.  These are banned if they are a collection of previously released stuff but are admissible otherwise.  Re-issues are frowned upon.
* Lists can be amended/changed right up to the closing date. If you replace an album on your list with another please let me know what album has been removed. Or if you shimmy the order of your list about, let me know what albums have moved positions. I keep a record of dates on my spreadsheet anyway too, so I’ll check through before announcing the results
* EPs and other digital-format releases have been subject to debate in the last couple of years, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please state your case along with your post if any of your votes fall into such grey areas.


The Formula One style scoring system will remain in place for RAWKites selections.  People's top 10 albums will score as follows: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.


Discussion to be encouraged. Feel free to post (or send me) any magazine, newspaper, record store, or website Top 10's, Top 50's, etc, on here as they may help jog our memories – I’ll add a placeholder post below this one to gather these together. If you're a lurker and don't normally contribute to the ‘ music’ threads, please feel free to vote anyway - and you're more than welcome to join the conversation:

RAWK Album of the Year Roll of Honour

2021:   Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
2020:   Taylor Swift - Folklore
2019:   Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
2018:   Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
2017:   War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
2016:   David Bowie - Blackstar
2015:   Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2014:   The War On Drugs - Lost In A Dream
2013:   Arcade Fire - Reflektor
2012:   Chromatics - Kill for Love
2011:   PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
2010:   Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
2009:   Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
2008:   Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
2007:   The National - Boxer
2006:   Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

2021's Standings

* Jubilee - Japanese Breakfast (142)
* Seeking New Gods - Gruff Rhys (95)
* Hey What - Low (86)
* Seventeen - Sam Fender (79)
* Promises - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, & the London Symphony Orchestra (57)
* Inside - Bo Burnham (56)
* Blue Weekend - Wolf Alice (53.5)
* Sometimes I Might Be Introvert - Little Simz (49)
* I Know I'm Funny Haha - Faye Webster (48)
* Screen Violence - CHVRCHES (47)
* Typhoons - Royal Blood (47)


--- Quote from: jackh on November 30, 2022, 12:22:11 pm ---

BBC Radio 6 Music’s Album Of The Year 2022 is… Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Today (Tuesday 29 November) on her BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast Show, Lauren Laverne revealed the Top 10 BBC Radio 6 Music Albums Of The Year, with Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar taking the Number 1 spot.

6 Music - the UK’s biggest digital radio station, with a reach of 2.47 million listeners (Rajar Q3, 2022) - announces its Top 10 Albums of the Year each November. The albums are voted for by the station’s presenters and each year the list features a broad spectrum of artists, reflecting the range of music championed by the station.

6 Music’s Top 10 albums of 2022 are:

Kendrick Lamar - Mr Morale & The Big Steppers
Yard Act - The Overload
Kae Tempest - The Line Is A Curve
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Topical Dancer
Wet Leg - Wet Leg
Warmduscher - At The Hotspot
Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia
Danger Mouse & Black Thought - Cheat Codes
Arctic Monkeys - The Car
Gwenno - Tresor

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--- Quote from: jackh on November 30, 2022, 12:29:53 pm ---

resident @residentmusic

Resident’s Top 10 Albums Of The Year 2022

1 @justmustard
2 @charlottebolis
3 @wetlegband
4 @ditzband
5 @whereisMUNA
6 @YardActBand
7 @cmatbaby
8 @_SineadOBrien_
9 @a_deplume
10 @pva_are_ok

4:11 PM · Nov 22, 2022

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The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far 2021

1: Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
2: Diamanda Galás – Broken Gargoyles
3: caroline – caroline
4: Richard Dawson – The Ruby Cord
5: Decius – Decius Vol. I
6: Sea Power – Everything Was Forever
7: Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
8: The Ephemeron Loop – Psychonautic Escapism
9: Emeka Ogboh – 6°30'33.372"N 3°22'.66"E
10: Oren Ambarchi – Shebang
11: Širom – The Liquified Throne Of Simplicity
12: Moundabout – Flowers Rot, Bring Me Stones
13: The Soft Pink Truth – Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This?
15: Claire Rousay – Everything Perfect Is Already Here
16: Horse Lords – Comradely Objects
17: Suede – Autofiction
18: Real Lies – Lad Ash
19: Big Joanie – Back Home
20: Persher – Man With The Magic Soap
21: Eros – A Southern Code
22: One More Grain – Beans On Toast With Pythagoras
23: Bill Orcutt – Music For Four Guitars
24: Special Interest – Endure
25: Mary Halvorson – Amaryllis / Belladonna
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Nice one Jack.

I haven't been in the thread much this year. I blame being very busy throwing myself back into life post-Covid, or perhaps I simply can't be bothered. Bit of both.

I have enjoyed a lot of music this year. As much as ever, new new and more vintage excavations from the vaults. Also rediscovering some old favourites. It doesn't ever stop. Perhaps the need to tell other people about it has stopped for me though, ha. Also, I have bought a lot less than previous years. Didn't quite curb my vinyl spending totally, but reigned it in a lot. Bandcamp are still doing good things and is my favourite musical acquisition method of the 21st Century.

Some good gigs I went to. I enjoyed finally getting to see Garcia Peoples live, I imagine I put One Step Behind in my AOTY 2019 so that was nice. Green Man was good as ever, and i missed a load of good stuff there too, as always but memories of watching bands and having fun with the kids and friends won't leave me anytime soon. Some gorgeous moments.

Bill Ryder Jones at the Tung was an emotional affair, I hope the film he made of it surfaces one day as it was quite special. Finally getting to see the Stones, and at Anfield of all places was an absolute dream to me. Spencer Cullum and Bobby Lee in Manchester. The Hanging Stars in St Michaels Church, Frankie Valli at the Echo (!), the Lucid Dream, Mick Head at the Olympia, Hailu Mergia at Future Yard, Dur Dur Band at the Phil...was a pretty good year enjoying a variety of stuff.

Got to play some good gigs as well, and upon reflection after COVID, I just feel so grateful every time I step into a practice room, every time I set my drums or keyboards up on a stage and look at my fellow musicans around me. There were points where you'd wondered if you'd ever have that again, that sweaty feeling in an over-capacity small venue, where the lights are too hot and the PA too loud and you haven't drunk enough liquid and the bass player is too stoned and the support band's got a cob on and who's got the drinks tickets and why is the singer singing the second verse first and how many times have you broken a string and yes the vintage analogue keyboard has packed up and have you got a fourway and don't put that drink there it'll fall off the amp, and give us an E, and I can't believer I forgot my cowbell, and have you put John on the guestlist and how are we getting home?

The day after the gig gear pickup is still the worst. Think I kept my promise not to moan about soundchecks tho.

I've had more good feeling this year than ever in playing music. I even got to play a brief duet with my son the other day, who has recently picked up a guitar, and music never felt more magical.

It's all just vibrations in the end. Air molecules arranged in some complex mathematical pattern that we can't see.

Everyone just likes the vibrations that are good for them.

Sure I can dig out at least 10 LPs to drone on about. See you at the end of December  ;D

Black Bull Nova:
Well, that might not make album of the year but is probably response of the year (relating to music anyway)

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