2002 was a very strong year for music even though record label execs would disagree. Anyway, here is my top ten list of this year.
- “The Last Broadcast” DOVES
- “By the Way” RED HOT CHLII PEPPERS
- “The Guest” PHANTOM PLANET
- “The Eminem Show” EMINEM
- “Veni, Vidi, Vicious” THE HIVES
- “White Blood Cells” THE WHITE STRIPES
- “Sea Change” BECK
- “Maladroit” WEEZER
- “Power in Numbers” JURASSIC FIVE
- “Cheer Up” REEL BIG FISH
Very tough list to make. There are probably twenty albums that deserve to be in any top ten list.
I’ll just do a top five since I didn’t get that many albums this year…
Mesh Who Watches Over Me?
Assemblage 23 Defiance
VNV Nation Futureperfect
Apoptygma Berzerk Harmonizer
Nine Inch Nails And All That Could Have Been (Two Disc version)
I’ll have to go with two, because I really haven’t bought a lot of music lately.
( ) by Sigur Ros
Power in Numbers Jurassic Five
By far, the best pop album release of the year is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco. IMHO, everything else pales in comparison. Here’s a list of 10 runners-up, in no particular order:[ul][li]Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips.[/li][li]() by Sigur Ros.[/li][li]Lost in Space by Aimee Mann.[/li][li]Blood Money by Tom Waits.[/li][li]Alice by Tom Waits (again).[/li][li]Belly of the Sun by Cassandra Wilson.[/li][li]Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age.[/li][li]Sea Change by Beck.[/li][li]Pennies from Heaven by the Susie Arioli Swing Band.[/li][li]Yanqui U.X.O. by Godspeed You Black Emperor![/li][/ul]
Sigur Ros- ()
VnV Nation- Futureperfect
Interpol-Turn on Bright Lights
NIN- And All that could of Been
NON- Children of the Black Sun
Mesh- Who Watches over me
Dryft- the mytotyc exyt
And you will Know us by the trail of the dead- Source Tags and Codes
Sparta- Wirtetap Scars
Pretty Girls Make Graves- Good Health
Both VERY good albums, but [nipick] they came out in 2000 and 2001, resp. (the release date on WS is 2002, but it came out in July, 2001) [/nitpick]
- The Instigator: Rhett Miller
- Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head
- Eminem: The Eminem Show
- Spoon: Kill the Moonlight
- Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy
- The Coral: The Coral
- Sea Change: Beck
- Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (yes, I know it’s a reissue,. but it’s one of my favorite records ever)
- Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots: The Flaming Lips
- Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Stevie Wonder The Definitive Collection
Eminem The Eminem Show.
Um. Those are the only ones that impressed me, so that’s all I bought. Frankly, I can’t stand 99% the crap out there now.
I’m only 22 and I think I’m already too old for popular culture. sigh
you LIE: take maladroit off.
i didnt buy many new albums this year, but there are the ones that should make it.
the strokes: is this it?
rhcp: by the way
coldplay: rush of blood to the head
wilco: yankee hotel foxtrot
beck: sea change
the hives: veni vidi vicious
queens of the stone age:songs for the deaf
jimi hendrix: live from the isle of wright
eminem: the eminem show [not a fan of rap, but give him credit…hes skilled]
jimi hendrix: the baggy’s rehersal session
Weezer “Lion and Witch EP”
Flaming Lips “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”
RHCP “By the Way”
That’s all I got right now
I only have one: Degradation Trip by Jerry Cantrell. It’s as close to a new AiC album as we’ll ever get, and it’s excellent.
I haven’t made a list yet this year, and I haven’t listened to as much as I usually do.
I’d have to be original and put Wilco in the top spot, I think. I’d also agree with Beck and the Flaming Lips (whose double-bill show is the concert I wish had made it within a few hundred miles of me).
I’d have to put three Phish-related items on my list–their new “Round Room”, Trey Anastasio’s eponymous album, and Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke’s “Clone”. (Vida Blue was OK but not Top 10 material, and I haven’t heard Pork Tornado. I won’t count any of the Live Phish releases.)
A few other albums I liked:
Apples in Stereo, “Velocity of Sound”
Asylum Street Spankers, “My Favorite Record”
Ryan Adams, “Demolition”
Josh Rouse, “Under Cold Blue Stars”
Elf Power, “Creatures”
I’ll think of more once I hit “submit”.
All I recall buying this year -
Tenacious D “Tenacious D”
Dave Mathews “Busted Stuff”
Elvis Costello “When I was Cruel”
I think most of mine have been mentioned already. In no particular order:
OK Go - OK Go
Beck - Sea Change
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Ben Kweller - Sha Sha
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter
Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
Willy Porter - Willy Porter
David Gray - New Day at Midnight
Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales
I know there are others that would take the place of these ones, but I haven’t scraped up the money to buy them yet.
The Vines - Highly Evolved. A very good debut album.
Sigur Ros - ().
- Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
[nitpick] This album was released in 2001, via the group’s website. [nitpick]
I don’t listen to much new music, certainly nothing considered “popular” by anyone, and since Tenacious D’s album was released last year, I only have two I really liked.
Aimee Mann Lost in Space
Guided by Voices Universal Truths and Cycles
I would nominate And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead as certainly having the coolest bandname of the year.
Ben Folds Live. It was excellently mixed (completely putting Billy Joel’s live double CD to shame), contained a great mix of songs, and came with a DVD (always a plus). It’s the only CD I’ve bought since Rockin’ The Suburbs came out last September.
My two favorite CDs of 2002 are:
Fashionably Late Ñ Linda Thompson
Don’t Give Up On Me Ñ Solomon Burke