Music reviewer and ‘uncool dad’ GREG ALLAN gives his must-listen albums for 2022

In exciting times for me, this is the third time I’ve of had one my Facebook ‘best of’ music lists published beyond the social media platform. 

Unfortunately, my run is a little late this year but I never want to disappoint my fans here at the Daily Mail. In addition to a flood of reader comments after last year’s list, one of the bands reached out to me which was, for this uncool dad, really… cool.

For this year’s installment, I’ve decided to imbue this piece with a 2023 feel and give you all a look ahead in the world of music. 

Viral Facebook music reviewer and self-confessed'uncool dad' Greg Allan has released his long-awaited top ten list for 2022. Pictured: Karen O and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Viral Facebook music reviewer and self-confessed ‘uncool dad’ Greg Allan has released his long-awaited top ten list for 2022. Pictured: Karen O and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I’ve consulted the probably not very reliable Wikipedia list of upcoming releases and there’s an absolute stack of bands that have featured on these lists with stuff due in 2023. Belle and Sebastian already have a new one out – I’ve listened and while it doesn’t seem ground breaking it’s still early days. 

Pictured:'Uncool dad' and music fan Greg

Pictured: ‘Uncool dad’ and music fan Greg

Some more of my faves including Dark/Goth Metal act Katatonia have one coming this week, while a band I’ve been listening to a bit recently – The Murder Capital – also have a release due very soon. 

Robert Forster from one of my favourite ever bands the Go-Betweens has a new album in February and Aussie legends ‘The Church’ have one not long after. 

There’s also new Gorillaz, Shame, Enslaved, Ne Obliviscaris, Depeche Mode, The National and even the brilliant PJ Harvey. 

Plenty to look forward to for a music nerd and there’s always the excitement of finding something completely new. You never know what’s around the corner and that’s what keeps me going!

So yes, I’ve missed the end-of-year boat by a margin, but I hope you still find some value in my 2022 list. It’s extensive but also limited by my tastes. Either way, why not check out some of the releases during the music void that often falls around this time of year or just give something new a spin over the Australia Day weekend? I will be.

And now, it’s now time for my Top Ten of 2022…

A long term favourite of Greg's, Suede, were back in 2022 with another great release (pictured)

A long term favourite of Greg’s, Suede, were back in 2022 with another great release (pictured)

*No. 10* – Porridge Radio – Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky

Porridge Radio featured in my countdown a couple of years ago with their previous album ‘Every Bad’. Not a lot has changed in their world it seems as this latest one is almost a continuation of ‘Every Bad’. Contrary to the title, this is not a bad thing at all as I was a big fan of those songs. Listening to Porridge Radio is hardly an uplifting experience, there seems to be an awful lot of regret, disappointment and self-loathing in their lyrics. But again, that’s their style so why change? The songs remain very strong, feeling very desperate in nature and reminiscent of early PJ Harvey – real Greg Allan 101 sort of stuff. Another top release from this band and in a frankly lean year this scrapes in at No.10.

Porridge Radio – The Rip (Official Video)

*No. 9* – Suede – Autofiction

Another long term favourite of mine, Suede, were back in 2022 with another great release. Suede may not be for everyone, but they’re a band I’ve always loved and while they’re probably not likely to pick up any new fans from this, people like me lap this stuff up. ‘Autofiction’ is another strong album from these old blokes from London and you can just hear in their music that they’re really enjoying still making albums. I think there is less introspection on this album, no real slowish songs that you usually get on a Suede album. Those songs are good too but I love the relentless glamtastic stomp on this album, the guitar sounds pretty stunning and awesome and Brett Anderson’s howling Bowie-esque vocals really haven’t sounded any better.

Suede – 15 Again (Later with Jools Holland)

Based purely based on the music, Greg really enjoyed Arcade Fire's'WE' despite allegations of sexual misconduct by frontman Win Butler (pictured 3L)

Based purely based on the music, Greg really enjoyed Arcade Fire’s ‘WE’ despite allegations of sexual misconduct by frontman Win Butler (pictured 3L)

*No. 8* – Arcade Fire – WE

Of course, this latest Arcade Fire was released at the same time as allegations of sexual misconduct by frontman Win Butler came to light. But purely based on the music, I have to say I really enjoyed ‘WE’. Arcade Fire have been around for ages and have had some pretty major popularity. Even before the allegations I think it was fair to say that they had passed their peak of acclaim but for me I’ve really liked their move away from traditional Indie rock into more electronic based music. They often have perfectly structured songs which build and drop in intensity in all the right places and the mix of male and female vocals is always so well done. There’s plenty of songs like that on ‘WE’ with my faves being the two more dancey songs in ‘Age Of Anxiety II’ and ‘Unconditional II’ with a cool cameo from Peter Gabriel. Who knows what the future holds for Arcade Fire, but this is a good one.

Arcade Fire – Age Of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole) on 6 Music

*No. 7* – Interpol – The Other Side Of Make Believe

A mainstay band on these lists over the years is Interpol and in 2022 they were back for a new album in ‘The Other Side Of Make Believe’. Like Suede, you sort of always know what you’re going to get with Interpol and some may find that very predictable, but big fans like me love it. I’m not sure if I like this as much as their previous release ‘El Pintor’ but this is still a very strong Interpol album. There’s maybe not the standout songs on this but consistent overall and fantastic if you like them. The dark, catchy soundscapes are still there and sounding just as good as they always have. Interpol certainly don’t sound like a band on the decline to me despite being around for decades. I don’t watch many music videos these days but Interpol have always made cool ones. The latest from this album has Paul Banks playing an old law enforcer and he surrounds himself with pretty and hip young things who move well in the clips. I’m not arty enough to know what it all means but it all looks quite fresh and stylish to me – not that I get out too much.

Interpol – ‘Toni’ (Official Music Video)

A mainstay band on these lists over the years is Interpol (pictured) and in 2022 they were back for a new album in'The Other Side Of Make Believe'

A mainstay band on these lists over the years is Interpol (pictured) and in 2022 they were back for a new album in ‘The Other Side Of Make Believe’

*No. 6* – Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There

Black Country, New Road burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, receiving much critical acclaim and getting top slots in all the big festivals. The much anticipated 2nd album arrived last year before a massive bombshell hit a week later – singer Isaac Wood left the band citing struggles with mental health. This seems unfathomable to an outsider – a singer whose band is at the peak of their powers gets up and leaves, but it just goes to show you never what people have going on in their lives. The band is going to soldier on without him but I can’t see it being a success despite their obvious instrumental talent. Wood had that really engaging trait that a frontman needs, this sort of Jarvis Cocker-like charisma and cool that had you hanging on his every word and it will be impossible to replace. The album itself is very good and an excellent follow-up to the brilliant ‘For The First Time’. While I think their debut is superior, the current release also works well but probably focuses more on the band as a whole as the songs are slower and more expansive. There are some standouts on here which are real classics even if the album as a whole isn’t excellent throughout – still very good though. I fear that might be curtains for Black Country, New Road – but I’ve been surprised before.

Black Country, New Road – ‘Concorde’ (Official Video)

*No. 5* – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Endless Rooms

One of my current favourite new bands – Rolling Blackouts were back with a new release this year after the brilliant ‘Sideways To New Italy” which I rated very highly in 2020. I’m not sure if this is as strong as their previous two albums but they were both exceptional. Regardless, it’s a great continuation for the band who thrive in producing excellently written Aussie Indie rock/pop songs. Not much to say except that I enjoyed this a lot – enough to put it at No. 5. As mentioned when I reviewed them last they seem to have some really strong influences in their work who are also bands I love. They put their own spin on those styles though to produce brilliant guitar based music. The album has a particularly strong finish with the Church inspired ‘Vanishing Dots’ and the beautiful ‘Endless Rooms’ and ‘Bounce Off The Bottom’ which leave you hanging for the next album.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – The Way It Shatters (Official Video)

Stella Donnelly's (pictured) Flood is a winner of a release from an amazing Australian talent you should listen to if you haven't already

Stella Donnelly’s (pictured) Flood is a winner of a release from an amazing Australian talent you should listen to if you haven’t already

*No. 4′ – Stella Donnelly – Flood

Another discovery from that great 2020 list for me was Stella Donnelly and I was very much looking forward to hearing her second album in ‘Flood’. This didn’t disappoint at all – no second album syndrome for Stella… Like her debut, there’s an absolute stack of top songs on here and is enjoyable from start to finish. She seems a little less punky in her attitude and lyrics but this doesn’t take away from it and she still tells an excellent story with her words. And each song on the album is just as catchy and as brilliant as the last. There’s probably a few slower songs on here this time around, maybe moving away from that traditional indie guitar band sort of sound but it still works nicely and showcases Stella’s beautiful voice. Another winner of a release from an amazing Australian talent you should listen to if you haven’t already.

Stella Donnelly – Flood (Official Video)

*No. 3* – Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia

Brilliant Irish band Fontaines D.C. released their third album this year. All their music has been amazingly consistent and strong. I raved about their debut a few years ago, that is a real classic of an album. The second release was also solid but I’m a massive fan of this new one. The band seems to have moved on a bit from the classic punk/post-punk sound and have produced a deeper style of music this time around. It’s still Fontaines D.C. with the singer’s strong Irish lilt leading things but I think the songs seem to offer a bit more this time around which is a great progression at album no. 3 and shows very promising signs for the band.. In a rarity for me, I’m actually going to see them live early in 2023. I’ll be back at work then so it could be an ugly experience getting out to the city and back with the ominous knowledge of work the next day but I’m really looking forward to it regardless. These guys really give me hope for the future in lots of ways.

Fontaines D.C. – I Love You (Official Video)

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Cool It Down is topped off by superstar Karen O (pictured) on vocals who is in fine form after her year break from music

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Cool It Down is topped off by superstar Karen O (pictured) on vocals who is in fine form after her year break from music

*No. 2* – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down

The last time we heard from the exceptional Yeah Yeah Yeahs was way back in 2013 with ‘Mosquito’. I remember that album was a real disappointment for me. After only producing high quality releases from their inception, ‘Mosquito’ sadly just did not work. I’m not sure what happened in the years between that album and ‘Cool It Down’ but it appears it was worth the wait. This is an absolute cracker of an album which gets all the awesome things about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and shoves them into one short album. The songs just build so nicely and are just such high quality creations. This is all topped off by superstar Karen O on vocals who is in fine form after her nine year break. The sound of the album is a mix of rock and the electronica they adopted on ‘It’s Blitz!’ but whatever it is, it really works. The only thing stopping this from being no.1 is probably its length – it’s quite short. There’s a lot to be said for leaving the punters wanting more, but I definitely wanted more of this. The last track is also a bit disappointing after an album full of absolute bangers, but I suppose it serves its purpose in a way and when you’re as good as this you’re entitled to some artistic indulgence. Fantastic.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Wolf (Official Video)

Dry Cleaning have been around for a while but Greg only really discovered them for the first time with their last album. Pictured: singer Florence Shaw

Dry Cleaning have been around for a while but Greg only really discovered them for the first time with their last album. Pictured: singer Florence Shaw

*No. 1* – Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

Forget about any extreme metal act or nasty rap artist you know, this album cover is the most disgusting thing you’re ever likely to see. It’s particularly triggering for me as it brought back horrid memories of my Dad’s loose hairs coating the Cussons Imperial Leather in the shower of the house I grew up in. Disgusting stuff – and surely the reason body wash was invented. I have included a picture so you bring up whatever you last ate. Once you get past the nightmarish album cover this is an excellent piece of recorded music. Dry Cleaning have been around for a while but I only really discovered them for the first time with their last album, I found it too late otherwise I’m sure it would have featured somewhere in that year’s write-up. The band are a little bit of a departure for me as even though the music isn’t really too different from other artists I like, Dry Cleaning are unusual in that they have a ‘spoken word’ style of vocals. They’re beautifully delivered by vocalist Florence Shaw in her cool English accent. It takes a bit of getting used to but once it all starts to make sense, Dry Cleaning are a must. A highlight for me with this band though is the guitar work of guitarist Tom Dowse. His guitar provides the important base for their songs and he shifts from Johnny Marr to Thurston Moore with ease, sometimes mid-song. I think his playing and writing is so good it could work in any setting or with any vocalist but he’s in Dry Cleaning and that’s cool too. This album is a real grower and what was initially just intrigue and interest became an obsession for me this year.

Dry Cleaning – Don’t Press Me (Official Video)

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‘It takes a bit of getting used to but once it all starts to make sense, Dry Cleaning are a must,’ writes Greg

Greg loved the album, despite calling its cover'the most disgusting thing you're ever likely to see' (pictured)

Greg loved the album, despite calling its cover ‘the most disgusting thing you’re ever likely to see’ (pictured)

And here’s my best of the rest… 

*Everything Everything – Raw Data Feel

An old friend recently recommended this band from Manchester and while I quite like it I haven’t listened to it as much as I would have liked. They have an interesting sound which isn’t genre specific, but I would say they have a very disco sort of feel with big beats, big melodies and big falsetto vocals. Obviously a lot more modern but I think they have bands like Bronski Beat and Erasure to thank for their sound. They remind me a bit of Wild Beasts who were a band I used to write a bit about before they stopped making albums. Enjoyable stuff.

Everything Everything – I Want A Love Like This (Official Video)

*King Stingray – King Stingray

I saw these guys on Rage one night and thought they looked pretty fun but didn’t really seek them out until PM Anthony ‘Albo’ Albanese said it was his album of the year! Like the Everything Everything album I only listened to this recently so its space in this list probably isn’t as high as it could have been but it’s a decent listen for sure. Described as Indigenous surf rock by some, I think that definition is fairly accurate. Apparently these guys are related to pioneers Yothu Yindi – they have a similar feel but I’d say they’re a bit more accessible to the average punter. This music sounds so Australian and summery with its native sounds mixed with catchy rock guitar – I reckon if you heard this overseas you’d really miss home. Probably a lot cooler than singing ‘Down Under’ with a bunch of drunken yobs in a pub in Hammersmith too.

King Stingray – Let’s Go (Official Music Video)

In Hits To The Head, Franz Ferdinand's'cool melodies, bouncy bass, glammy guitar and cheeky lyrics resonate through this awesome "best of"'

In Hits To The Head, Franz Ferdinand’s ‘cool melodies, bouncy bass, glammy guitar and cheeky lyrics resonate through this awesome “best of”‘

*Franz Ferdinand – Hits To The Head

This is a compilation so doesn’t really count as I only put brand new stuff in my lists, however, I thought I’d mention this as Franz Ferdinand has been such a great band for so long. Remember the first time you heard ‘Take Me Out’? I do. I thought it sounded so fresh and exciting and I was immediately a fan. I’ve followed their career since and even though some albums are better than others they’ve been pretty solid. Their cool melodies, bouncy bass, glammy guitar and cheeky lyrics resonate through this awesome ‘best of’ and it’s a great thing to come back and relive all these awesome songs plus a few good newer ones too. Viva Franz.

Franz Ferdinand – Curious (Official Video)

*Sylvaine – Nova

Once again, I’ve neglected metal this year much to the disgust of one close friend who I know will be reading this. This is one that I did get into but I don’t know too much about them. From what I can gather Sylvaine is pretty much a solo artist named Kathrine Elizabeth Shepard who is Norwegian. The reason I liked this is that it reminded me of one of my metal faves in French band Alcest. Both artists have that melodic atmospheric style that can be quiet and peaceful one minute but then explode into pretty extreme sounding metal the next. This is no Alcest but it isn’t a bad substitute in a year where I no doubt ignored a stack of good metal releases.

SYLVAINE – ‘Mono No Aware’ (Official Track Premiere) 2022

Swedish hard rock/metal act Ghost (pictured) are an artist who've featured on these lists for a while now

Swedish hard rock/metal act Ghost (pictured) are an artist who’ve featured on these lists for a while now

*Ghost – Impera

Swedish hard rock/metal act Ghost are an artist who’ve featured on these lists for a while now. They’ve never been at the top of the list but I’ve always found something in their albums. They’re a weird band in that their music is quite easy-listening in the metal stakes but they preach the word of Satan with the same level of enthusiasm that you’d expect from a Hillsong preacher, except of course on the opposite team. Sounds ridiculous and it is a lot of the time but they do have some good rocking songs and are a bit of a hoot with their crazy, novelty worship of the Dark Lord! I think this was the album though that the Ghost bubble burst for me, I found it a bit boring. Every Ghost release so far has those 3 or 4 cracking rock tracks at least but I can’t find them here. Still, they’ve had enough good songs over the years to have earned their place in pop history.

Ghost – Call Me Little Sunshine (Official Music Video)

*Johnny Marr – Fever Dreams Pts 1-4

For those living under a rock for the last 40 years, Johnny Marr is of course the ex-guitarist of my favourite all-time band The Smiths. Johnny was back this year with a very much extended release – 16 tracks in all. Probably a little long, but it wasn’t at all difficult to get through. As a solo artist, he tends to go down the English Indie Rock style of things. His skills as a brilliant songwriter are definitely evident but the music style is a touch dated, as you listen you can’t help that you’ve heard it somewhere else before. I preferred his previous album ‘Call The Comet’ but this is still decent, however it’s fairly clear that Marr’s best work is when he’s not the frontman.

Johnny Marr – Night and Day (Official Video)

Of Kurt Vile (pictured), Greg writes'with his American drawl and his slide guitar it would usually be the sort of music that would make me run to the hills but surprisingly his tunes really work for me'

Of Kurt Vile (pictured), Greg writes ‘with his American drawl and his slide guitar it would usually be the sort of music that would make me run to the hills but surprisingly his tunes really work for me’

*Kurt Vile – (watch my moves)

I don’t know heaps about Kurt Vile but I’ve been a fan for a while now. He writes great songs and tells an interesting story with his lyrics and this album is no different. With his American drawl and his slide guitar it would usually be the sort of music that would make me run to the hills but surprisingly his tunes really work for me. There’s some quality tracks on here, enough to really enjoy it and have me anticipate the next release. I think maybe the album falls away a little towards the end which stops it becoming a fave for the year but I quite liked this and it got a lot of spins throughout 2022.

Kurt Vile – Like Exploding Stones (Official video)

*The Smile – A Light For Attracting Attention

Like every man or woman and their dog I was into Radiohead during those ‘Bends’, ‘OK Computer’ years but as things got a little weird I moved onto other things. They still remained hugely popular but I never quite got it, admittedly though, I never really tried – I’m sure the music was great but chances are I was at the peak of my Morrissey obsession and most things got ignored. Many years later though I jumped back on board for 2016’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ and I really loved that, ranking it very highly in that particular year. I’m not sure what has come in between as I don’t follow the band religiously but The Smile’s release came along this year. As mentioned, I’m not an expert on all things Thom Yorke but this seems more or less a Radiohead album – it certainly sounds that way. In typical style, there’s a lot going on here but after a few listens it all starts to make sense. A really intricate but good release that I liked a lot – listening now I’m wondering now if I should have found a place for it in the hallowed Top 10…

The Smile – Thin Thing (Official Video)

Greg calls Belle and Sebastian's (pictured) A Bit Of Previous'their best for quite a time I think'

Greg calls Belle and Sebastian’s (pictured) A Bit Of Previous ‘their best for quite a time I think’

*Belle And Sebastian – A Bit Of Previous

Belle And Sebastian were one of my favourite bands back in the awkward days of my early 20s. Whilst everyone was out and about being social I was at home hanging on Stuart Murdoch’s every word. All the time thinking that a middle class suburban Sydney boy had everything in common with these poets from Scotland. Good times… Those albums were great though I could easily come back to them at any time. After those classics, the quality has dropped off somewhat. I wouldn’t say there has been anything terrible but the disco themed ‘Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance’ was a bit odd. This album is called ‘A Bit Of Previous’ and I can’t help but think with the title and the sound that they’ve aimed to go back to the past a little. They still have this Indie style cabaret thing going on which I’ve never been completely sold on but overall this album and its sound suits me just fine. Their best for quite a time I think.

Belle and Sebastian- ‘Unnecessary Drama’ (Official Music Video)

*Yard Act – The Overlord

Yard Act came along in 2022 with huge plaudits and seemed perfect for me. They looked certain to join the endless procession of Post Punk bands coming out of England that I have raved about on here in the last couple of years. I didn’t mind this album but it didn’t hit me as much as bands like Idles, Shame or Squid. They’re not completely dissimilar but they have a few more things going on in their music with I suppose almost a ska or hip-hop feel in their songs. Others may prefer this variety but I’m pretty predictable in my tastes and it didn’t grab me as much as I hoped it would. Their singer is quite a dominant figure, he preaches a good message I think but probably isn’t quite as likeable as some of the other guys from other comparable bands. It sounds like I hate this but I really don’t, it’s still a strong album. I guess I was just expecting to love it and when I didn’t I was a bit let down.

Yard Act – The Overload (Official music video) 

The singer and main guy from Porcupine Tree - Steven Wilson (pictured) has featured a lot on these lists over the years

The singer and main guy from Porcupine Tree – Steven Wilson (pictured) has featured a lot on these lists over the years

*Porcupine Tree – Closure/Continuation

The singer and main guy from Porcupine Tree – Steven Wilson has featured a lot on these lists over the years. He’s an excellent songwriter and combines a lot of different styles to create excellent and unique music. He started first in this band, which is where I first encountered him. They are a prog rock/metal band who can be a bit on the experimental side but also have some brilliant songs which just about anyone would enjoy. Last time I wrote about Steven Wilson I mentioned that I thought his solo career, although still quite good, was starting to lack a bit of edge and maybe a move back to his original band might not be a bad thing. Anyway, I think I may have been wrong. This release didn’t do too much for me. I may be becoming less patient in my old age but I found this a bit too proggy and long, without the excellent songs I had come to expect from Wilson. Let’s see what comes next? It could be a real gem.

Porcupine Tree – Herd Culling (Official Video)

*White Lies – As I Try Not To Fall Apart

Another regular in these lists, White Lies have produced a bunch of consistent releases now. Their debut ‘To Lose My Life…’ was a dark post-punk melodic masterpiece and album no. 3 ‘Big TV’ was also brilliant. In between, their music hasn’t been as outstanding but it’s been pretty solid also. They’ve moved a little bit away from the big stadium, big chorus style songs that you might expect from a band like The Killers and they now have more of an introspective keyboardy sound. It’s all still very melodic and likeable though and even though this album wasn’t a White Lies classic, it was still enjoyable and I won’t be dumping this band anytime soon.

White Lies – As I Try Not To Fall Apart (Official music video) 

Sleater-Kinney are an American rock band featuring Carrie Brownstein (pictured left) and Corin Tucker (right), who only recently became one of Greg's favourites

Sleater-Kinney are an American rock band featuring Carrie Brownstein (pictured left) and Corin Tucker (right), who only recently became one of Greg’s favourites 

*Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me In: A Dig Me Out Covers Album

Sleater-Kinney are an ancient band but I’ve only been on the bandwagon for a little while. I actually gave their 2019 album ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ my top ranking. I haven’t come back to it too much lately but I liked it a lot at the time. Anyway, I’m showing my lack of music knowledge here and I’m sure a nation of Indie punters are collectively rolling their eyes as they read this but I didn’t know that this was a cover of one of their earlier classics! So yeah, a bit of a learning experience to me but probably completely obvious to most. Oh well. This was pretty good. Sleater-Kinney have let the guest artists feature and put their own spin on the songs that are probably well known to everyone except me.

Sleater-Kinney – Turn It On (Margo Price Cover) [Official Lyric Video]

*Midnight Oil – Resist

Legendary Aussie act Midnight Oil had a big year in 2022 with the release of this album and a tour that I’m pretty sure was worldwide. I lost count of the amount of middle-aged guys getting about in new Oils shirts. What a band though! I’ve followed them throughout most of their long career since being captivated by the sounds of ‘Diesel And Dust’ back in Year 5. Their music has been forever strong but they’ve also always been consistent in their message. They focus mainly on the environment these days but they’ve always promoted worthy issues to mainstream Australia. Think of all the average Aussie rock dogs who would have stopped and thought about something they never would have even considered? It’s an amazing thing. Obviously the Oils musically had their heyday in the 80’s to early 90’s but I’ve always thought they were pretty decent with their later stuff and of course always a supreme live act. I really liked this current one, I think it’s the best of their later albums from the last 20+ years or so. I suppose there’s been some big gaps of years in between releases in that period but this is worth checking out if you like The Oils. There’s some top songs on here and some nice moments that remind you a little of ‘Red Sails’ and ’10-1′.

Midnight Oil – Rising Seas (Official Video)

*Behemoth – Opus Contra Naturam

Polish extreme metal act Behemoth probably don’t fit too well with a lot of the artists I’ve written about on here but there was a time when a lot of metal used to feature on these write-ups. Behemoth are a favourite and a remnant from that time and I can’t ever imagine a time when I won’t check out their releases. Behemoth have a great frontman in Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski, who is a very much engaging and interesting character. He’s battled severe illness and taken on the Catholic church in Poland – he’s certainly not an average guy. Unfortunately, Nergal took a break from Behemoth for a while and had a pretty crap side project called ‘Me And That Man’. I would describe ‘Me And That Man’s’ music as sounding like a bad Nick Cave b-side where you can tell Nick wasn’t even trying. Thankfully, Nergal was back to what he was best at this year with another cool Behemoth album. No surprises here, just great, awesome metal done well. Just what the punters like me want. Not the best ever Behemoth album but certainly a welcome return.

BEHEMOTH – Ov My Herculean Exile (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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Legendary Aussie act Midnight Oil had a big year in 2022 with the release of their album Resist and a tour

Legendary Aussie act Midnight Oil had a big year in 2022 with the release of their album Resist and a tour

*Wet Leg – Wet Leg

This was definitely the Indie ‘it’ album of 2022 with songs from Wet Leg flooding my social feeds well before the album was even released. The music industry is so fickle these days but greedy music execs no doubt knew they were onto a winner here. Whilst alternative in style, Wet Leg have more mainstream crossover potential than you can poke a Spotify stream at. This album is so perfect in a way that people thought this was some sort of record company construct but I don’t think that’s the case, I just think Wet Leg really nailed it. Musically, this is pretty much irresistible but even though I did like it for a while it doesn’t have too much lasting value. A real Veruca Salt and 90’s indie girl guitar feel which is pretty cool. I initially thought they were American as they sound a bit that way but their lyrics are a dead giveaway that they’re English. Maybe not the deepest thing you’ll listen to this year but the songs are instantly likeable and catchy. If Wet Leg provides a gateway for the youth of today to discover a bunch of other top bands then it’s a win I say.

Wet Leg – Wet Dream (Official Video)

*Red Hot Chili Peppers – Return Of the Dream Canteen

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been around for decades and whilst I don’t think they’re as fantastic as what I did when I was 14, their music is always pretty decent. There seems to be a bit of a stripped back feel on this album which I guess is maybe what the title refers to? Either way, there seems to be a definitive move away from the stadium rock that they’re famous for and that’s not a bad thing really. John Frusciante is also back on this album and I’ve always thought their best work is with him. If you’re looking for something profound and moving you won’t find it with the Chilis. Anthony Kiedis, although super talented, is no poet when it comes to lyrics. In fact, I think he racks up his millionth song about L.A. and its surrounds on this album. What you will get with RHCP is good quality tunes and I think this is very listenable and their best for quite a time.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Eddie (Official Audio)

While Greg doesn't find Red Hot Chili Peppers (pictured)'as fantastic as what I did when I was 14, their music is always pretty decent'

While Greg doesn’t find Red Hot Chili Peppers (pictured) ‘as fantastic as what I did when I was 14, their music is always pretty decent’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11651989/Music-reviewer-uncool-dad-GREG-ALLAN-gives-listen-albums-2022.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Music reviewer and ‘uncool dad’ GREG ALLAN gives his must-listen albums for 2022

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