Five 2022 albums that made my summer


Jia Takayoshi

The summer of 2022 has been a godsend year for music with renowned artists finally dropping their long-awaited albums.

Suhani Kashyap, Public Relations Manager

2022 has been a godsend year for music, with renowned artists such as Kendrick Lamar and SZA finally dropping their long-awaited albums. From R&B to rap to pop, there’s been something for everyone this year. 


Ctrl (Deluxe): SZA

SZA’s debut album “Ctrl” celebrated its fifth anniversary with a deluxe release of the album in June. SZA fans have long awaited a new album, though it was somewhat disappointing that she delivered only seven new songs. The album explores themes of insecurity, toxic romance and coming of age. If you haven’t already listened to the original “Ctrl” album, it’s a must listen. From her gorgeous voice to melodious instrumentals, SZA produces nothing less than perfection.

Genre: Coming-of-age R&B

Best songs: “Love Galore (Alt Version)” and “Tread Carefully”


Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers: Kendrick Lamar

With his last release being in 2016, Lamar’s fans were beyond hyped for “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” in May. Lamar produced a gateway to his psyche, channeled through genius lyricism and twisted panache. He contemplates his childhood of dealing with transgender family members in “Auntie Diaries” and daddy issues in “Father Time”. With this album, Lamar reinforces his place as one of the most genius musicians and poetic lyricists of this generation. 

Genre: Subdued rap

Best songs: “Count Me Out” and “Rich Spirit”


WASTELAND: Brent Faiyaz

Faiyaz guides listeners through a gut-wrenching narrative of a toxic relationship between a pregnant woman and her boyfriend who drives her to suicide and then himself into a car crash. The intense anecdote is told through interludes and skits. The actual songs are nothing short of awe-inspiring, with Faiyaz’s iconic “male manipulator” lyricism and beautifully composed production. 

Genre: Egotistic R&B


emails i can’t send: Sabrina Carpenter

This album was more than a clapback to the infamous internet feud over “SOUR” by Olivia Rodrigo last year. Carpenter captures bitter breakup spite and spins it to reflect all kinds of post-breakup emotions, from the sassy attitude in “Vicious” to the melancholy tone in “decode”. She does an incredible job in conveying these feelings through both lyricism and musicality.

Genre: Breakup pop

Best songs: “Nonsense” and “Vicious”


I Love Life, Thank You: Mac Miller

“I Love Life, Thank You” finally arrived on streaming platforms in July 2022, after being originally released in October 2011. The project carries an uplifting energy, complete with enthusiastic frat boy lyrics. While the rather immature lyricism in this project is incomparable to Miller’s more recent work, the production and instrumentation exemplify his musical talent from early on in his career.