The 10 best local albums of 2022, according to our critics

Four of our critics weighed in on their favorite local albums from 2022. When you crowdsource a list like this, it can be hard to find a throughline. But each person’s choices tell their own story. From Noble, you hear the vast stylistic range of Massachusetts hip-hop and its vitality. Karen Muller offers the lovely symmetry of a new band’s stunning debut and an established band’s eloquent goodbye. Charley Ruddell shows us the endurance of the Boston underground. And Amelia Mason’s two picks are both women who find unique ways into common themes, often with a feminist bent.

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