Greatest Hits, 2002

 

Rod Smith, freelance writer

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Neko Case, Blacklisted (Bloodshot)
2. Avey Tare/Panda Bear/Geologist, Hollinndagain (self-released)
3. Chris Bowden, Slightly Askew (NinjaTune)
4. Jean Grae, Jean Grae (Third Earth)
5. Thomas DiMuzio, Mono:Poly (Asphodel)
6. Denali, Denali (Jade Tree)
7. Casino vs. Japan, Whole Numbers Play the Basics (Carpark)
8. Sideways, Oblivion and Points Beyond (Susstones)
9. Steve Von Till, If I Should Fall to the Field (Neurot Recordings)
10. George Harrison, Brainwashed (Dark Horse/EMI)

 

Anders Smith Lindall, freelance writer

FIVE UNSUNG DEBUT ALBUMS WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY:

1. Boas, Mansion (Overcoat)
2. Neil Cleary, Numbers Add Up (Doozy)
3. Iron and Wine, The Creek Drank the Cradle (Sub Pop)
4. Robert Skoro, Proof (Merciful)
5. Rosie Thomas, When We Were Small (Sub Pop)

FIVE '01 ALBUMS I WAS OBSESSED WITH IN '02:

1. The Frames, For the Birds (Overcoat)
2. Fruit Bats, Echolocation (Perishable)
3. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Tyranny of Distance (Lookout!)
4. The Shins, Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop)
5. The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Behind the Music (Universal)

 

Oliver Wang, freelance writer

TOP TEN POP POTPOURRI:

1. Almost anything produced by the Neptunes
2. Common, Electric Circus (MCA)
3. DJ Shadow, Private Press concert v. 2.0
4. Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism (Regan Books)
5. Jurassic 5, Power in Numbers (Interscope)
6. Mr. Lif, I Phantom (Definitive Jux)
7. Scarface, The Fix (Def Jam)
8. Paul Jusman, director, Standing in the Shadows of Motown
9. Steinski, Nothing to Fear (Soul Ting)
10. Wax Poetics, issues 1-3

 

Brad Zellar, senior editor, City Pages

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice)
2. Solomon Burke, Don't Give Up on Me (Fat Possum)
3. James Luther Dickinson, Dixie Fried (Sepia Tone) [Reissue]
4. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (Merge)
5. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
6. Orchestra Baobab, Pirate's Choice (Nonesuch)
7. Neil Halstead, Sleeping on Roads (4ad)
8. Kronos Quartet, Nuevo (Nonesuch)
9. Henri Salvador, Room With a View (Chambre Avec Vue) (Blue Note)
10. Sun Ra and His Arkestra, Music for Tomorrow's World (Atavistic)

 

Peter Scholtes, City Pages staff writer

1. Orchestra Baobab, Specialist in All Styles (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
2. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice/Atlantic)
3. Interpol, Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador)
4. DJ Shadow, The Private Press (MCA)
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, S/T (Shifty)
6. Spoon, Kill The Moonlight (Merge)
7. Bob Mould, Modulate (Granary Music)
8. Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
9. The Suburbs, In Combo (Beejtar/Universal)
10. various artists, 20 Years of Dischord (Dischord)

 

Britt Robson, City Pages staff writer

1. The Roots, Phrenology (MCA)
2. Scarface, The Fix (Def South)
3. Ruben Blades, Mundo (Sony)
4. Tift Merritt, Bramble Rose (Lost Highway)
5. The Tragically Hip, In Violet Light (Zoe)
6. Hugh Ragin, Feel The Sunshine (Justin Time)
7. Cee-Lo, Cee-Lo Green and his Perfect Imperfections (Arista)
8. Badly Drawn Boy, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: About a Boy (XL)
9. Various Artists, Red Hot + Riot (MCA)
10. Jason Moran, Modernistic (Blue Note)

 


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