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Best of 2022: album of the year

As 2022 comes to a close I would like to reflect on a wonderful year of new music. From Weezer's SZNZ to Beyonce's RENAISSANCE, artists across genres released incredible new music. From my top song, album, and artist of the year I will explore what went fabulously - and what flopped.

Album: girls like me don't cry

Artist: thuy

Sub-Genres: #y2k #BedroomPop

Label: Thuy

Non-Airable Tracks: u should feel special


My pick for album of the year is undoubtedly, thuy's girls like me don't cry. One of the pop picks of the week from my icon, Sofia Trubiano, introduced me to thuy. thuy is a Vietnamese-American pop diva based out of Los Angeles. Citing inspiration from y2k pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, thuy's music takes you to a world of bubbles and glitter. When I listen to this album in the shower I feel like a Bratz doll come to life. As thuy garners attention from magazines like Paper and Billboard, I would like to honor her here on the KAMP site.

The instrumentals in songs like "obsessed" are the reason this album is so good. If you liked sweetener by Ariana Grande, I have a feeling you'll love this album. A true, classic pop album that suddenly haunts you with breathtaking instrumentals. Each song feels unique yet follows a similar trend of y2k sounds and influences. The instrumentals and melodies of each song set them apart. In addition, thuy's voice lends itself perfectly to pop ballads and gentler songs. "playing tricks" is another favorite of mine. thuy's voice works perfectly with the R&B melody. This song reminds me of Mary J. Blige, oddly. This song feels like a hot mug of tea at a cafe in December.

This was a later discovery for me. The album was released in early October and I didn't end up hearing it until a few weeks later at a KAMP meeting. Yet, this album has stuck with me for the past few months as songs have rotated in-and-out of my playlists. I truly believe thuy deserves the top spot with "album of the year." This album was incredibly memorable and I believe rescued pop from being boring and predictable. Congratulations, thuy!

Honorable Mentions - album of the year:

  1. SOS, SZA

  2. Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny

  3. Midnights, Taylor Swift

Sounds Like:

  1. Britney Spears

  2. Ariana Grande

  3. NIKI

Recommended Tracks:

  1. obsessed

  2. playing tricks

  3. girls like me don't cry

Reviewer's Name: Sophia Troetel

Date of Review: 12/24/2022

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