The Best Rock Albums of 2002

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  1. Acid Mothers Temple: Electric Heavyland (Alien8)
  2. Low: Trust (Kranky)
  3. Black Dice: Beaches & Canyons (DFA)
  4. Cerberus Shoal: Mr Boy Dog (Temporary Residence)
  5. Amon Tobin: Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune)
  6. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)
  7. Comets On Fire: Field Recordings From the Sun (Ba Da Bing)
  8. Jessica Bailiff: Jessica Bailiff (Kranky)
  9. Agalloch: The Mantle (End)
  10. Today Is The Day: Sadness Will Prevail (Relapse)
  11. Entropic Advance: Red Yellow Noise (Symbolic Insight)
  12. Maquiladora: Ritual Of Hearts (Better Looking)
  13. Steffen Basho-Junghans: Waters in Azure (Strange Attractors)
  14. Vibracathedral Orchestra: Dabbling With Gravity (VHF)
  15. Nile: In Their Darkened Shrines (Relapse)
  16. Frog Eyes: The Bloody Hand (Global Symphonic)
  17. Xiu Xiu: Knife Play (5rc)
  18. Khanate: Khanate (Southern Lord)
  19. Dorine Muraille: Mani (Fat Cat)
  20. Books: Thought For Food (Tomlab)
  21. Ugly Casanova: Sharpen Your Teeth (Sub Pop)
  22. Notwist: Neon Golden (City Slang)
  23. Out Hud: Street Dad (Kranky)
  24. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts)
  25. Hlidolf: V01d (DFRDoom)
  26. Oneida: Each One Teach One (Jagjaguwar)
  27. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Yanqui UXO (Constellation)
  28. Mastodon: Remission (Relapse)
  29. Mike Johnson: What Would You Do (Up)
  30. Shalabi Effect: The Trial Of St. Orange (Alien 8)
  31. El Guapo: Super System (Dischord)
  32. Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
  33. Town And Country: C'mon (Thrill Jockey)
  34. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: The Scavenger Bride (Projekt)
  35. DJ Spooky: Optometry (Thirsty Ear)
  36. Neko Case: Blacklisted (Lady Pilot)
  37. Acid Mothers Temple: Univers Zen Ou De Zero A Zero (Fractal)
  38. Zu: Igneo (Wide)
  39. Mum: Finally We Are No One (Fat Cat)
  40. Boards Of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp)
  41. Sunn O))): Flight Of The Behemoth (Southern Lord)
  42. Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts (Hush)
  43. Scenic: The Acid Gospel Experience (Hidden Agenda)
  44. Deca: Simbionte (VideoRadio)
  45. Otep: Sevas Tra (Capitol)
  46. Add N To (X): Loud Like Nature (Mute)
  47. Noize Creator: Deferred Media (Ambush)
  48. Sage Francis: Personal Journals (Anticon)
  49. Sixtoo: Duration (Cease & Desist)
  50. Howard Hello: Howard Hello (Temporary Residence)
  51. Sigur Ros: ( ) (MCA)
  52. Dntel: Life Is Full of Possibilities (Plug Research)
  53. Oxbow: An Evil Heat (Neurot)
  54. Dalek: From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (Ipecac)
  55. Octopus Project: Identification Parade (Peek-A-Boo)
  56. Early Day Miners: Let Us Garlands Bring (Secretly Canadian)
  57. Greg Davis: Arbor (Carpark)
  58. Jennifer Gentle: Funny Creatures Lane (Sillyboy)
  59. Loscil: Submers (Kranky)
  60. Hwyl Nofio: Hymnal (Hwyl)
  61. Killswitch Engage: Alive or Just Breathing (Roadrunner)
  62. Alias: The Other Side of the Looking Glass (Anticon)
  63. MC Trachiotomy: W/Love From Tahiti (Bulb)
  64. Baby Dee: Love's Small Song (Durtro)
  1. Xiu Xiu: Hives
  2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Bang
  3. Out Hud: Story of the Whole Thing
  4. Amon Tobin: Searchers
  5. Xiu Xiu: Luber
  6. Spring Heel Jack: Lit
  7. Suicide: Swearing at the Flag
  8. Add N To X: Large Number
  9. Interpol: NYC
  10. Low: Canada
  11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Miles Away
  12. Jessica Bailiff: Big Hill
  13. Broken Social Scene:Anthems for a Seventeen Year-old Girl
  14. National: Available
  15. Maquiladora: Chinese Girl
  16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mystery Girl
  17. Neko Case: Deep Red Bells
  18. National: Trophy Wife
  19. Agalloch: And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
  20. Lisa Germano: It's Party Time
  21. Maquiladora: Ritual Of Hearts
  22. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Our Time
  23. Interpol: PDA
  24. Queens Of The Stone Age: No One Knows
  25. Bad Religion: Sorrow
  26. Brian Jonestown Massacre: If I Love You
  27. Neil Hagerty: It Could Happen Again
  28. Cornelius: Another View Point
  29. Mirah: Recommendation
  30. Nina Nastasia: This Is What It Is
  31. Queens Of The Stone Age: Another Love Song
  32. Add N To X: Take Me To Your Leader
  33. Octopus Project: The Way Things Go
  34. Black Lips: Freakout
  35. Hot Hot Heat: No Not Now
  36. Mastodon: Workhorse
  37. Clinic: Welcome
  38. Coldplay: Clocks
  39. Ladytron: Seventeen
  40. Lisa Germano: Candy,
  41. Knotworking: Manuel
  42. Mountain Goats: Blues In Dallas
  43. Gogol Bordello: When The Trickster Starts A-Poking
  44. Paul Lansky: Pattern's Patterns
  45. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: A Livery Of Bachelors
  46. Tom Waits: Misery Is the River of the World
  47. Jason Loewenstein: I'm A Shit
  48. Doves: There Goes The Fear
  49. Clinic: Sunlight Bathes Our Home
  50. Guided By Voices: Skin Parade
  51. Looper: Fucking Around
  52. Mirah: Cold Cold Water
  53. Frog Eyes: Our Lordship Has Devised A New Billing System
  54. Woven Hand: Arrow Head
  55. Bright Eyes: Bowl of Oranges
  56. Baby Dee: Half A Chance
  57. Clipse: Young Boy
  58. Niobe: Radio Mexico
  59. Apparat Organ Quartet: Stereo Rock & Roll
  60. Drones: Motherless Children

Extended tracks
  1. Spring Heel Jack: Obscured
  2. Acid Mothers Temple: Phantom Of Galactic Magnum
  3. Vibracathedral Orchestra: The Body is the Arrow
  4. Acid Mothers Temple: Pink Lady Lemonade
  5. Steffen Basho-Junghans: Inside the Rain
  6. William Basinski: The River
  7. Hlidolf: V01d
  8. Out Hud: The L Train
  9. Spring Heel Jack: One Hundred Years Before
  10. Nile: In Their Darkened Shrines
  11. Low: Shots and Ladders
  12. Acid Mothers Temple: Blues Pour Bible Noire
  13. Maquiladora: She's More Beautiful
  14. Khanate: Under Rotting Sky
  15. Acid Mothers Temple: Loved And Confused
  16. Oxbow: Glimmer Shine
  17. Scenic: A Journey Through the Outer Reaches
  18. Comets on Fire: The Black Poodle
  19. Venetian Snares: A Giant Alien Force More Violent & Sick Than Anything You Can Imagine
  20. Cerberus Shoal: Tongue Drongue
  21. Dalek: Black Smoke Rises
  22. Sunn O))): O))) Bow 1 & 2
  23. Acid Mothers Temple: Soleil de Cristal et Lune d'Argent
  24. Sixtoo: Duration Project
  25. Town And Country: Bookmobile
  26. Shalabi Effect: A Glow in the Dark
  27. DJ Spooky: Optometry
  28. Acid Mothers Temple: 41st Century Splendid Man
  29. Mum: The Land Between Solar Systems
  30. Early Day Minoers: Summer Ends
  31. Agalloch: In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion
  32. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: The Scavenger's Daughter
  33. Isis: Hym
  34. Yakuza: 01000011110011
  35. Cornershop: Spectral Mornings
  36. Pan American: Red Line
  37. Black Dice: Things Will Never Be the Same
  38. Death Cab For Cutie: Stability
  39. Oxbow: Glimmer Shine
  40. Nile: Unas Slayer of Gods
  41. Entropic Advance: Big River
  42. Gallon Drunk: Forget All That You Know
  43. Fursaxa: Backwards Alchemy
  44. Landing: First Snow
  45. Opeth: Deliverance
  46. No-Neck Blues Band: Intonomancy
  47. Pinback: Grey Machine
  48. Electric Wizard: The Outsider
  49. Gogol Bordello: Hats Off To Kolpakoff
Other critics

  1. Spring Heel Jack: Amassed (Thirsty Ear)
  2. Marty Ehrlich: The Long View (Enja)
  3. Jane Ira Bloom: Chasing Paint (2002)
  4. Brad Mehidau: Largo (Warner)
  5. Nels Cline: Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone)
  6. Ken Vandermark Territory Band: Map Theory (2002)
  7. Claudia Quintet: I
  8. Andrew Hill: A Beautiful Day (Palmetto)
  9. Evan Parker: Memory/Vision (2002)
  10. Randy Weston: Ancient Future (Mutablemusic)
  11. Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro (Tzadik)
  12. David Ware: Freedom Suite (Aum)
  13. Keith Jarrett: Always Let Me Go (ECM)
  14. Roscoe Mitchell: Song For my Sister (Pi)
  15. Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places (ESC)
  16. Tim Berne: Science Friction (Screwgun)
  17. Tomasz Stanko: Soul of Things (ECM)
  18. Hamiet Bluiett: Blueback (Justin Time)
  19. Thomas Buckner: Alone Together Apart (Mutablemusic)
  20. Joshua Redman: Elastic (Warner)
  21. Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations (Tzadik)
  22. Leo Smith: The Year of the Elephant (Pi)
  23. Randy Sandke: Inside Out (Nagel)
  24. Jason Moran: Modernistic (Blue Note)
  25. Dave Douglas: The Infinite (RCA)
  26. Paul Motian: Holiday for Strings (Winter)
  27. Abdullah Ibrahim: African Symphony (Enja)

  1. Prokofev: Symphony 2 (Polyansky, Chandos)
  2. Gubaidulina: Canticle Of The Sun/ Music For Flute Strings, Percussion (EMI 57153)
  3. Mahler: Symphony 9 (BBC, Horenstein)
  4. Varese: Ameriques, Arcana, Deserts, Ionisation (Boulez, DG)
  5. Haydn: Creation Mass (Gardiner, Philips)
  6. Wagner: Tannhauser (Barenboim, Teldec)
  7. Leoninus: Sacred Music (EMI 57153)
  8. Dvorak: Symphony 9 (Ashkenazy, Ondine)
  9. Mahler: Symphony 7 (Abbado, DG)

By genre:

  1. Songs: Ohia: Didn't It Rain (Secretly Canadian)



  1. Cerberus Shoal: Mr Boy Dog (Temporary Residence)


Heavy rock
  1. Queens Of The Stone Age: Songs For The Deaf (Interscope)

  1. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Yanqui UXO (Constellation)
  2. Pan American: The River Made No Sound (Kranky)

By country:



Rest of Europe

  1. Shalabi Effect: The Trial Of St. Orange (Alien 8)

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