Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 New Music: Blues/Gospel/R&B


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Some breakdowns by genre:


  1. Bonnie Raitt: Just Like That . . . (Redwing) {38}: AD:*, Al:81, AM:*, AS:+, BB:48, ClR:48*, H:*, HV:31, ND_r:6, NYT:*, RC:*, Rx:39, TL:10, U:*, UCR:8, XCI:31; ny_p:+, rsdb:10, sdu:+, wsj:+, xci:*, xhs:+, xjdc:+, xwb:+ -- A:(74/8), RC:A-, TH:***
  2. Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home (Anti-) {23}: Al:78, AM:*, AS:*, G:*, Gl:*, H:*, Mj:22*, ND_r:12, Okp:4, PO:*, TL:92, U:*, YW:21; fa:3, xci:* -- A:(76/6), TH:**
  3. Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: Get on Board (Nonesuch) {19}: AM:*, ClR:*, Dus:*, Gl:*, Mj:38, ND:17, ND_r:29, PM:*, RC:*, RM:+, RS:+*, U:*; rsdb:4 -- A:(77/7), RC:*, TH:**
  4. Tedeschi Trucks Band: I Am the Moon: I Crescent (Fantasy) {15}: AM:*, ClR:11, Gl:+*, ND_r:21, TL:11, UCR:18; bow:1, rsdb:2 -- A:(80/1)
  5. Pastor Champion: I Just Want to Be a Good Man (Luaka Bop) {10}: AM:*, DB:*, PO:*; aqd:+, xci:*, xhs:7 -- A:(75/3), TH:A-
  6. Shemekia Copeland: Done Come Too Far (Alligator) {9}: AM:*, ND:9, WX:17; ysp:* -- A:(80/1), TH:**
  7. Tommy McLain: I Ran Down Every Dream (Yep Roc) {9}: AM:*, ClR:*, Mj:*, PO:*, U:70*; npr_ap:5 -- A:(83/4), TH:*
  8. North Mississippi Allstars: Set Sail (New West) {8}: AM:*, ClR:*, Gl:+*, PM:*, RC:*, U:* -- A:(77/7), TH:*
  9. Thee Sacred Souls: Thee Sacred Souls (Daptone) {7}: Cl:*, Gl:+*, Mj:*, RM:+, U:*; kc:10
  10. Dedicated Men of Zion: The Devil Don't Like It (03-04) {6}: AM:*, DB:*, PO:* -- A:(80/1), TH:***
  11. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters: Mercy Me (Stony Plain) {6}: AM:*, AS:*; ysp:* -- A:(80/2), TH:***
  12. Buddy Guy: The Blues Don't Lie (RCA/Silvertone) {6}: ND_r:28, TL:93; ysp:* -- TH:***
  13. Ben Harper: Bloodline Maintenance (Chrysalis) {6}: Al:83, AM:*, AS:*; ysp:* -- A:(70/4), TH:**
  14. Eli "Paperboy" Reed: Down Every Road (Yep Roc) {6}: AM:*, H:*, TL:52, YW:69; am:+, ysp:* -- A:(90/1), TH:B-
  15. The Duke Robillard Band: They Called It Rhythm & Blues (Stoney Plain) {6}: AM:*, AS:*, YW:77; ysp:* -- A:(80/2), TH:**
  16. Keb' Mo': Good to Be . . . (Rounder) {3}: AS:*, Gl:*, ND_r:40 -- A:(68/5)
  17. John Mayall: The Sun Is Shining Down (Forty Below) {3}: ClR:*, AM:*, RC:* -- A:(74/6)
  18. Crow Billiken: If I Don't Have Red I Use Blue (self-released -EP) {2}: PO:* -- TH:*
  19. Johnny Ray Daniels: Whatever You Need (Bible & Tire) {2}: AM:*, Mj:* -- A:(80/1)
  20. Elizabeth King: I Got a Love (Bible & Tire) {2}: Mj:75, U:* -- A:(75/2)
  21. M Feat Ben Stapp/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Marco Colonna/Steve Swell: Broken Songs (Fundacja Sluchaj) {2}: -- TH:**
  22. Tedeschi Trucks Band: I Am the Moon: II Ascension (Concord) {2}: AM:*, ND_r:21 -- A:(90/1)
  23. Jack Broadbent: Ride (Crow's Feet) {1}: H:*
  24. Tia Carroll: You Gotta Have It (Little Village Foundation -21) {1}: ysp:*
  25. Johnny Chang/Keir GoGwilt: Hope Lies Fallow (Another Timbre) {1}:
  26. Kurt Crandall: Starts On the Stops (Yester Year) {1}: DB:*
  27. Tinsley Ellils: Devil May Care (Alligator) {1}: YW:32
  28. Diunna Greenleaf: I Ain't Playin' (Little Village) {1}: DB:*
  29. The Harlem Gospel Travelers: Look Up! (Colemine) {1}: ysp:*
  30. Trudy Lynn: Golden Girl (Nota Blue) {1}: DB:*
  31. Larry McCray: Blues Without You (KTBA) {1}: ysp:*
  32. Mud Morganfield: Mud (Delmark) {1}: YW:43
  33. Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues: More Different Voices (Dawnserley) {1}: DB:*
  34. Staples Jr Singers: When Do We Get Paid () {1}: bc:+
  35. Joanne Shaw Taylor: Nobody's Fool (Keeping the Blues Alive) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)