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Monday, December 16 2002

“Words Won’t Bring Us Down”: Best Music Videos of 2002

Music videos are an ever-evolving means of self-representation and social commentary. They're here and gone so quickly, it's sometimes difficult to keep track, especially of the ones that MTV doesn't deign to rotate ad nauseam. Still, exceptional vids keep coming.

Best Music of 2002: David Medsker

2002, the Year That Aimee Mann Killed Me 1. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol)They said they were out of gas. There was

Best Music of 2002: Jason MacNeil

1. Kathleen Edwards - Failer (Potty Mouth/Universal) Although it’s not due out until mid-January stateside on Rounder, this album has been out for many

Best Music of 2002: Seth Limmer

There’s a fine line between awful and disappointing. It was disappointing when The Who kept on going despite Keith Moon’s death; it’s

Best Music of 2002: Ari Levenfeld

1. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)The story of this release is almost as good as the album itself. Wilco recorded this prize over a year

Best Music of 2002: Brendan Kredell

1. Koop - Waltz for Koop (Jazzanova/Compost)Top honors this year for me go to the Swedish duo Koop, who masterfully made a jazz record

Best Music of 2002: Robert Jamieson

Unaccustomed to arbitrarily placing a numerical order to a list of music I like (if you like both apples and oranges, why compare them to

Best Music of 2002: Steven Hyden

Following is my list of top 10 favorite albums for 2002. I say favorite instead of best because I didn’t listen to every album released this

Best Music of 2002: Andy Hermann

My goodness what a lot of great music came out in 2002. Even despite a few big disappointments (unlike a lot of people, new releases by

Best Music of 2002: Dave Heaton

Every year I’m flooded with music I love; here’s my best attempt to capture some of that in a list. 1. Tom Waits, Blood

Best Music of 2002: James Beaudreau

Putting together a “Best Of” list for 2002 proved a far more difficult task than it has in previous years. Sure, it always requires a bit

Best Music of 2002: Gary Glauber

2002: A Very Musical Year Assembling this year-end list was tougher than usual since there were so many varied and distinguished releases. First off, the criterion

Best Music of 2002: Andrew Gilstrap

1. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol)On 2000’s Parachutes, Coldplay got by on considerable youth, charm, and a knack for sweeping hooks

Best Music of 2002: Jon Garrett

Top 20 lists are a sham. For that matter, so are top 10 lists. How many albums from any given year can you honestly say you listen

Best Music of 2002: Cynthia Fuchs

“Makin’ hula-hoops of Saturn’s rings”: top hip-hop CDs in 2002 Many of the year’s most memorable events took place off wax. Snoop gave up

Best Music of 2002: Gypsy Flores

My Top Ten Favorites of 2002 Umani, I Muvrini (AGFB/EMI)I Muvrini’s latest release Umani (Humans) is a gorgeous collection of pop songs sung

Best Music of 2002: Adam Dlugacz

1. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)2002 was a year that I spent more time contemplating what it meant to be an American, than I had in

Best Music of 2002: Mark Desrosiers

1. The Reputation, The Reputation (Initial)On the whole, I’m a bit prejudiced against undergrad finance students, since they seem to wrap their personalities around

Best Music of 2002: S. Renee Dechert

It was another fine year for alternative country music. My top two choices are from artists whose releases, strictly speaking, aren’t overtly country, but

Best Music of 2002: Jason Damas

1. Candy Butchers, Play With Your Head (RPM/Sony) On Play With Your Head, Mike Viola returned with the best pop record of the year-a tight

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