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The Best & Worst Albums of 2023

As my cousin would say, my “favorite white boys came out with new music this year.” This comes from a family who pretends they’re not uncomfortable with interracial marriage, though they always immediately ask “Are they black or white?”

Any who…

Now that the weird intro is out of the way, these are all the albums I listened to this year, whether they were released in 2023 or before, ranked into three categories:

Sweet Sounds: Nothing but blessings to my ears. Coherent works I want to lose myself in over and over again (and did).

Discography Addition: Wasn’t the best. Wasn’t the worst. Just another thing added to an artist’s discography that’ll show up when I forget and start googling.

Right…: The ride wasn’t enjoyable. Wasn’t memorable. I’m just grateful it added to my Spotify Wrapped analytics.

Sweet Sounds

Nothing but blessings to my ears. Coherent works I want to lose myself in over and over again (and did).

  • Conditions of a Punk by half.alive
  • HDTV by Tai Verdes
  • While We’re Here by Marlon Craft
  • Love You Anyway by Devon Gilfillian
  • STAGES by NJOMZA
  • Violet High by 80purppp
  • My 21st Century Blues by RAYE
  • Hope by NF
  • Jackman. by Jack Harlow
  • The Maybe Man by AJR

Discography Addition

Wasn’t the best. Wasn’t the worst. Just another thing added to an artist’s discography that’ll show up when I forget and start googling.

  • SOS by SZA
  • Now, Not Yet by half.alive
  • Working on My Karma by dvsn
  • BEN by Macklemore
  • In His Mania by Spenser Sutherland
  • good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe) by Kendrick Lamar
  • I Thought It’d Be Different by Rory
  • SAMSON: THE ALBUM by CHIKA
  • Born Sinner (Deluxe Version) by J. Cole
  • falling or flying by Jorja Smith
  • Born Erased by Nate Traveller
  • moMINTS by Tobe Nwigwe
  • DANCEHALL by The Blaze
  • So Far to Go by Cabu
  • Ends & Begins by Labrinth
  • DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION. by Kendrick Lamar
  • By the Water by Sondae
  • AUSTIN by Post Malone
  • 4 Your Eyez Only by J. Cole
  • KOD by J. Cole

Right…

The ride wasn’t enjoyable. Wasn’t memorable. I’m just grateful it added to my Spotify Wrapped analytics.

  • The People’s Champ by Quinn XCII
  • A Muse In Her Feelings by dvsn
  • Goodbye To All of That, 2023 by Wldlfe
  • The Hardest Part by Noah Cyrus
  • Let Yourself Free by Fitz & the Tantrums
  • Overly Dedicated by Kendrick Lamar
  • Higher Than Heaven (Deluxe) by Ellie Goulding
  • The Album by The Jonas Brothers
  • Good People by Kid Quill (never again)
  • Fountain Baby by Amaarae (why did Spotify recommend this???)
  • Del Water Gap by Del Water Gap
  • Sunburn by Dominic Fike
  • Cole World: The Sideline Story by J. Cole
  • Snow Angel by Renee Rapp
  • World Music Radio by Jon Batiste
  • GUTS by Olivia Rodrigo
  • You & I by Rita Ora
  • Meet Me At Our Spot by Christian French
  • SEPT 5TH by dvsn
  • Wisconsin by Carlie Hanson
  • JUNGLE by The Blaze
  • In Pieces by Chloe
  • Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  • untitled unmastered. by Kendrick Lamar
  • THIS THING CALLED LOVE by PRETTYMUCH
  • A Brief Nirvana by Khamari
  • 11:11 by CRO
  • Honest Living by The Homies (think I heard this before)
  • HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE, VOL. 2 by Marlon Craft
  • chemistry by Kelly Clarkson (perfect divorce album)
  • KARPEY by Cautious Clay
  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole
  • Abhi vs. The Universe 2 by Abhi the Nomad
  • Revenge of the Dreamers 3 by Dreamville

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