PopMatters Picks:

The Best Music of 2002

By PopMatters Music Staff

16 December 2002

1. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice)I’ve been saying it all year and nothing has changed my opinion: Original Pirate Material is the best

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Nikki’s Top Ten Car Radio Singles of the Year I don’t listen to the radio at home, and haven’t for a number

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

Last year around this time, I was sweating out my end of the year best-of list. There had just been so many albums released on

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

Music for Rootless Cosmopolitans, 2002 Listener discretion? You decide. Ten sound-worthy 2002 releases in alphabetical order, plus a bonus, five choice compilations and reissues. Banda Ionica, Matri

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1. Knievel - Name Rings a Bell that Drowns Out Your Voice (In Music We Trust)The most sublime, beautiful, subtle (not to mention best) album

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Before I begin, I’d just like to put out a little qualifying statement. Every year, the same question gets asked in the entertainment writers

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Princess Superstar, Is (Rapster)It’s absolutely criminal that Princess Superstar hasn’t completely conquered the globe with her peerless mic majesty. No matter what

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1. Gary Wilson—You Think You Really Know Me (Motel)You Think You Really Know Me is like a piece of dirty gossip: it’s in

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

1. Liars, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Mute/Blast First)Yeah, so this record was technically released last

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

Gettin’ Grown, A New-Black Mix-Tape and the Loveland Sessions: 2002 Year-End Review Cee-Lo: Sermon from the Church of NewBlacknessImagine a hybrid of Rev. Al Green, Bobby

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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.

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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

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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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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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

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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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

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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1. Common, Electric Circus (MCA)Lonnie Lynn has spent his whole career as a rapper moving toward personal and artistic liberation, and on this long freaky

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

Best and Worst of 2002 1. The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros.)Pity those who have turned their back on the Flaming Lips

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1. Patricia Barber, Verse (Blue Note/Premonition)Chicago’s very own Patricia Barber managed a huge breakthrough with this release, the first to feature her own

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1. Olajope, Batidos (Six Degrees)Olajope are Ron Trent and Jay Roderiguez. Ron Trent is the legendary Chicago deep house producer who surprised a lot of

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

If this list showcased the best music that I listened to in 2002, it would probably contain only two or three of the releases below. This

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1. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice)It might not blow you away at first listen, with its rather weak beats and innocuous, conversational “rapping”, but

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16 Dec 2002 // 12:03 AM

It’s been another great year for music—in rock, jazz, and reissues. Here at PopMatters, we writers have a good deal of leeway as

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