December 18th, 2022

Well, here we are, friends. The final entry of yet another strange year. It’s time to wind down and reflect on everything we’ve been through. It’s been a bit of a ride, and it’s not over yet. I’ll be taking a few weeks off to contemplate this reality for a bit and to chart a course for navigating the next rotation. Here is the last roundup of albums that have captured my attention, and I hope you give them all the time they deserve. I will be back in January with the long-awaited Best of the Year feature, which, as usual, will be published in individual lists, one entry per day. I’ll see you all then!

p.s. As I was putting this together, I noticed a pattern of interesting single-word album names: Apricity, Equilibrium, Skinscape, Lume, Cascades, Voyager, Mirror, Lexika… Hey, Chat GPT, make me a rhyming poem with these words!

     Apricity, the warmth of the sun
     Brings balance, a state of equilibrium
     Skinscape, the canvas of our being
     Lume, the light within us still worth seeing
     Cascades, the water falling free
     Voyager, the journey we all must be
     Mirror, a reflection of who we are
     Lexika, the words that take us far

… yeah… there you go…