Music might have returned in earnest in 2022, nevertheless it was additionally a banner yr for movies, motion pictures, and TV. From show-stopping set design and performances in movies by Björk and Rosalía to stirring documentaries on Phil Elverum, Sinéad O’Connor, and Poly Styrene, music-focused visible media helped to flesh out the tales and aesthetics of nice artists previous and current (Alas, Beyoncé’s much-teased Renaissance visuals stay elusive).
Under, discover entries from our monthly column of highlights, plus extra noteworthy additions that caught our consideration over the yr.
Take a look at all of Pitchfork’s 2022 wrap-up protection here.
Nothing Compares showcases Sinéad O’Connor’s incandescent artistry and authenticity
Early on in her profession, critics and commentators typically described Sinéad O’Connor as an artist who recklessly used shock techniques to attract consideration to herself. These detractors usually didn’t see her artistry as something however provocation, however in Kathryn Ferguson’s documentary Nothing Compares, that perspective is reframed with light hindsight to disclose an incendiary performer whose ethical compass by no means swayed. From her time rising up in an abusive Roman Catholic residence in Eire to the sweeping success of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” O’Connor’s trajectory is depicted via archival footage, refined reenactments, and voiceover from the artist herself, who appears to be like again on her profession with hard-won resilience. Nothing Compares illuminates a profession powered by independence, empathy, and unwaveringly robust political views, which impressed generations of listeners and subsequent artists to talk up. –Eric Torres