The Best Rock Albums of 2002

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Best of Rock Albums
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  1. To Live and Shave in LA: The Wigmaker in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg (Menlo Park)
  2. Acid Mothers Temple: Electric Heavyland (Alien8)
  3. Low: Trust (Kranky)
  4. Black Dice: Beaches & Canyons (DFA)
  5. Cerberus Shoal: Mr Boy Dog (Temporary Residence)
  6. Amon Tobin: Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune)
  7. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)
  8. Comets On Fire: Field Recordings From the Sun (Ba Da Bing)
  9. Jessica Bailiff: Jessica Bailiff (Kranky)
  10. Agalloch: The Mantle (End)
  11. Today Is The Day: Sadness Will Prevail (Relapse)
  12. Entropic Advance: Red Yellow Noise (Symbolic Insight)
  13. Maquiladora: Ritual Of Hearts (Better Looking)
  14. Steffen Basho-Junghans: Waters in Azure (Strange Attractors)
  15. Vibracathedral Orchestra: Dabbling With Gravity (VHF)
  16. Nile: In Their Darkened Shrines (Relapse)
  17. Frog Eyes: The Bloody Hand (Global Symphonic)
  18. Xiu Xiu: Knife Play (5rc)
  19. Khanate: Khanate (Southern Lord)
  20. Dorine Muraille: Mani (Fat Cat)
  21. Books: Thought For Food (Tomlab)
  22. Ugly Casanova: Sharpen Your Teeth (Sub Pop)
  23. Notwist: Neon Golden (City Slang)
  24. Out Hud: Street Dad (Kranky)
  25. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts)
  26. Hlidolf: V01d (DFRDoom)
  27. Oneida: Each One Teach One (Jagjaguwar)
  28. Godspeed You Black Emperor: Yanqui UXO (Constellation)
  29. Mastodon: Remission (Relapse)
  30. Mike Johnson: What Would You Do (Up)
  31. Shalabi Effect: The Trial Of St. Orange (Alien 8)
  32. El Guapo: Super System (Dischord)
  33. Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador)
  34. Town And Country: C'mon (Thrill Jockey)
  35. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: The Scavenger Bride (Projekt)
  36. DJ Spooky: Optometry (Thirsty Ear)
  37. Neko Case: Blacklisted (Lady Pilot)
  38. Acid Mothers Temple: Univers Zen Ou De Zero A Zero (Fractal)
  39. Zu: Igneo (Wide)
  40. Mum: Finally We Are No One (Fat Cat)
  41. Boards Of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp)
  42. Sunn O))): Flight Of The Behemoth (Southern Lord)
  43. Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts (Hush)
  44. Scenic: The Acid Gospel Experience (Hidden Agenda)
  45. Deca: Simbionte (VideoRadio)
  46. Otep: Sevas Tra (Capitol)
  47. Add N To (X): Loud Like Nature (Mute)
  48. Noize Creator: Deferred Media (Ambush)
  49. Sage Francis: Personal Journals (Anticon)
  50. Sixtoo: Duration (Cease & Desist)
  51. Howard Hello: Howard Hello (Temporary Residence)
  52. Sigur Ros: ( ) (MCA)
  53. Dntel: Life Is Full of Possibilities (Plug Research)
  54. Oxbow: An Evil Heat (Neurot)
  55. Dalek: From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (Ipecac)
  56. Octopus Project: Identification Parade (Peek-A-Boo)
  57. Early Day Miners: Let Us Garlands Bring (Secretly Canadian)
  58. Greg Davis: Arbor (Carpark)
  59. Jennifer Gentle: Funny Creatures Lane (Sillyboy)
  60. Loscil: Submers (Kranky)
  61. Hwyl Nofio: Hymnal (Hwyl)
  62. Killswitch Engage: Alive or Just Breathing (Roadrunner)
  63. Alias: The Other Side of the Looking Glass (Anticon)
  64. MC Trachiotomy: W/Love From Tahiti (Bulb)
  65. Baby Dee: Love's Small Song (Durtro)
  66. Brendan Benson : Lapalco (V2)
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  1. To Live and Shave in LA: Veit Harlan Brown Dress Bob
  2. Xiu Xiu: Hives
  3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Bang
  4. Out Hud: Story of the Whole Thing
  5. Amon Tobin: Searchers
  6. Xiu Xiu: Luber
  7. Spring Heel Jack: Lit
  8. Suicide: Swearing at the Flag
  9. Add N To X: Large Number
  10. Interpol: NYC
  11. Low: Canada
  12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Miles Away
  13. Jessica Bailiff: Big Hill
  14. Broken Social Scene:Anthems for a Seventeen Year-old Girl
  15. National: Available
  16. Maquiladora: Chinese Girl
  17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mystery Girl
  18. Neko Case: Deep Red Bells
  19. National: Trophy Wife
  20. Agalloch: And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
  21. Lisa Germano: It's Party Time
  22. Maquiladora: Ritual Of Hearts
  23. To Live and Shave in LA: Blandina Oberwilding '77
  24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Our Time
  25. Interpol: PDA
  26. Queens Of The Stone Age: No One Knows
  27. Bad Religion: Sorrow
  28. Brian Jonestown Massacre: If I Love You
  29. Neil Hagerty: It Could Happen Again
  30. Cornelius: Another View Point
  31. Mirah: Recommendation
  32. Nina Nastasia: This Is What It Is
  33. Queens Of The Stone Age: Another Love Song
  34. Add N To X: Take Me To Your Leader
  35. Octopus Project: The Way Things Go
  36. Black Lips: Freakout
  37. Hot Hot Heat: No Not Now
  38. Mastodon: Workhorse
  39. Clinic: Welcome
  40. Coldplay: Clocks
  41. Ladytron: Seventeen
  42. Lisa Germano: Candy,
  43. Knotworking: Manuel
  44. Mountain Goats: Blues In Dallas
  45. Gogol Bordello: When The Trickster Starts A-Poking
  46. Paul Lansky: Pattern's Patterns
  47. Black Tape For A Blue Girl: A Livery Of Bachelors
  48. Tom Waits: Misery Is the River of the World
  49. Jason Loewenstein: I'm A Shit
  50. Doves: There Goes The Fear
  51. Clinic: Sunlight Bathes Our Home
  52. Guided By Voices: Skin Parade
  53. Looper: Fucking Around
  54. Mirah: Cold Cold Water
  55. Frog Eyes: Our Lordship Has Devised A New Billing System
  56. Woven Hand: Arrow Head
  57. Bright Eyes: Bowl of Oranges
  58. Baby Dee: Half A Chance
  59. Clipse: Young Boy
  60. Niobe: Radio Mexico
  61. Apparat Organ Quartet: Stereo Rock & Roll
  62. Drones: Motherless Children
  63. Coral: Dreaming of You
  64. Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood
  65. Brendan Benson : Tiny Spark

Extended compositions
  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 Miners: 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. Norma Jean: Pretty Soon I Don't Know What But Something Is Going to Happen
  36. Cornershop: Spectral Mornings
  37. Pan American: Red Line
  38. Black Dice: Things Will Never Be the Same
  39. Death Cab For Cutie: Stability
  40. Oxbow: Glimmer Shine
  41. Nile: Unas Slayer of Gods
  42. Entropic Advance: Big River
  43. Gallon Drunk: Forget All That You Know
  44. Fursaxa: Backwards Alchemy
  45. Landing: First Snow
  46. Opeth: Deliverance
  47. No-Neck Blues Band: Intonomancy
  48. Pinback: Grey Machine
  49. Electric Wizard: The Outsider
  50. Gogol Bordello: Hats Off To Kolpakoff
  51. Xinlisupreme: Fatal Sisters Opened Umbrella
  52. Bohren & der Club of Gore: The Art of Coffins
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. Black Earth Ensemble: Afrika Rising (2002)
  6. Nels Cline: Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone)
  7. Ken Vandermark Territory Band: Map Theory (2002)
  8. Claudia Quintet: I
  9. Andrew Hill: A Beautiful Day (Palmetto)
  10. Evan Parker: Memory/Vision (2002)
  11. Randy Weston: Ancient Future (Mutablemusic)
  12. Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro (Tzadik)
  13. David Ware: Freedom Suite (Aum)
  14. Keith Jarrett: Always Let Me Go (ECM)
  15. Roscoe Mitchell: Song For my Sister (Pi)
  16. Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places (ESC)
  17. Tim Berne: Science Friction (Screwgun)
  18. Tomasz Stanko: Soul of Things (ECM)
  19. Hamiet Bluiett: Blueback (Justin Time)
  20. Thomas Buckner: Alone Together Apart (Mutablemusic)
  21. Joshua Redman: Elastic (Warner)
  22. Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations (Tzadik)
  23. Leo Smith: The Year of the Elephant (Pi)
  24. Randy Sandke: Inside Out (Nagel)
  25. Jason Moran: Modernistic (Blue Note)
  26. Dave Douglas: The Infinite (RCA)
  27. Paul Motian: Holiday for Strings (Winter)
  28. 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)

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