Album Releases by User Score

Lateralus 1.

Lateralus

by Tool
May 15, 2001
The band's first album of new material in five years was produced by Tool with David Bottrill and features 13 tracks.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.0
Is This It? 2.

Is This It?

by The Strokes
October 9, 2001
This is the debut album from New York indie-rockers The Strokes, who have been hyped by the British music press following the release of "The Modern Age" EP in early 2001. It almost goes without saying, but the group is frequently compared to the Velvet Underground, among others, thanks in part to singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas' Lou Reed-esque vocals.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.0
Toxicity 3.

Toxicity

by System Of A Down
September 4, 2001
This is the alternative metal band's follow-up to their hit 1998 self-titled debut. Rick Rubin produced the 14-track effort.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.9
Discovery 4.

Discovery

by Daft Punk
March 13, 2001
The French electronica band returns with its long-awaited follow-up to its hit 1998 debut, Homework.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
9.0
Britney 5.

Britney

by Britney Spears
November 6, 2001
Oops, she did it a third time. The Pepsi spokesperson's third LP features 12 new tracks produced by the likes of Rodney Jerkins, Max Martin and the Neptunes, including a cover of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock N Roll."
Metascore:
58
User Score:
7.7
Vespertine 6.

Vespertine

by Björk
August 28, 2001
Bjork's follow-up to 1997's 'Homogenic' and last year's soundtrack to Dancer In The Dark is closer in sound and mood to the latter, taking a quieter, more ambient approach. Produced by San Francisco-based electronic artists Matmos, 'Vespertine' utilizes mainly electronic instrumentation, much of which was recorded by Bjork in Iceland. The lead single is "Hidden Place."
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.0
Iowa 7.

Iowa

by Slipknot
August 28, 2001
Produced by Ross Robinson, 'Iowa' is the metal band's third album.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.4
Amnesiac 8.

Amnesiac

by Radiohead
June 5, 2001
These eleven tracks were recorded during the same sessions that produced 2000's 'Kid A,' but are a bit more song-like and a bit less electronic.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.7
Gorillaz 9.

Gorillaz

by Gorillaz
June 19, 2001
Forget concept albums; this is a concept band. Formed by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Blur's Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and the Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (with visuals by "Tank Girl" creator Jamie Hewlett), the Gorillaz are a "virtual" hip-hop outfit of cartoon characters based somewhere in the future. Hey, we don't make this stuff up; we just report it.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
Drops Of Jupiter 10.

Drops Of Jupiter

by Train
March 27, 2001
This is the major-label debut for the San Francisco adult alternative band.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.7
Love And Theft 11.

Love And Theft

by Bob Dylan
September 11, 2001
Picking up where 1997's resurgent 'Time Out of Mind' left off, 'Love And Theft' finds the 60-year-old Dylan self-producing the album's 12 tracks.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
Weezer [2001] 12.

Weezer [2001]

by Weezer
May 15, 2001
This "green album," produced by Ric Ocasek, is actually the second untitled album for the Los Angeles band, not to be confused with 1994's "blue album." The album is the band's first since leader Rivers Cuomo's graduation from Harvard -- in fact, it is their first since their 1996 sophomore effort, 'Pinkerton,' which alienated some fans with a shift toward an angrier sound.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.2
The Blueprint 13.

The Blueprint

by Jay-Z
September 11, 2001
The now-legendary Brooklyn rapper follows 2000's 'The Dynasty Roc la Familia' with this 13-track disc.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
Invincible 14.

Invincible

by Michael Jackson
October 30, 2001
The King of Pop's first full album of new material since 1992's 'Dangerous' features 16 tracks.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
8.2
Tenacious D 15.

Tenacious D

by Tenacious D
September 25, 2001
What started as a series of HBO shorts has turned into a full-fledged band, featuring actor Jack Black ("High Fidelity") and Kyle Gass. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Steve McDonald (Redd Kross) are among the guest musicians on this, the D's debut album, produced by the Dust Brothers.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Since I Left You 16.

Since I Left You

by The Avalanches
November 6, 2001
This sample-driven Austrialian dance outfit scored a hit in its homeland with this, its debut full-length release (following three EP releases since 1997). The UK music press created a publicity avalanche for the band in the Spring of 2001, as the album picked up strong reviews (quotes from some appear below) and was featured in numerous articles. Packed with over 600 samples of recordings dating from the 1950's to the present (each one credited in the liner notes!) as well as original instrumentation, 'Since I Left You' is a varied and unique record.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
White Blood Cells 17.

White Blood Cells

by The White Stripes
July 3, 2001
The Detroit-based "brother-sister" (or, if you don't believe everything you read, ex husband and wife) indie duo of Jack (guitars) and Meg (drums) White continue their stripped-down sound on this, their third full-length.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
Ágætis Byrjun 18.

Ágætis Byrjun

by Sigur Rós
May 15, 2001
This sophomore effort from Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros (which translates to "Victory Rose") appeared on numerous year-end Best Of lists in 2000, despite not receiving an official release in the United States until the following year. Imagine one of Radiohead's recent albums -- or better yet, Spiritualized or My Bloody Valentine -- but with everything sung in Icelandic. This album garnered the band the 2001 Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement In Music.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.9
Stillmatic 19.

Stillmatic

by Nas
December 18, 2001
The New York rapper's fifth album attempts to return to the sound of his similar-titled 1994 hit debut, 'Illmatic.' Here, DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Swizz Beatz provide the beats.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.7
Glitter 20.

Glitter

by Mariah Carey
September 11, 2001
Originally due in August 2001, Mariah Carey's debut for Virgin Records was delayed due to the singer's recent hospitalization, stemming from a nervous breakdown. It is her first album since 1999's 'Rainbow,' and it serves as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name (a 1980s period-piece also starring Carey). The disc includes two covers: "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" and "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life."
Metascore:
59
User Score:
7.4
Everyday 21.

Everyday

by Dave Matthews Band
February 27, 2001
Matthews' first collaboration with producer Glen Ballard (who has produced albums by Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, and Wilson Phillips) results in a collection of shorter, more focused tracks than DMB fans may be accustomed to.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.7
Take off Your Pants & Jacket 22.

Take off Your Pants & Jacket

by Blink-182
June 12, 2001
This is the follow-up to 1999's 'Enema Of The State.' If you like them, then don't worry--they haven't grown up. If you don't like them, well... they haven't grown up.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.5
God Hates Us All 23.

God Hates Us All

by Slayer
September 11, 2001
Produced by Matt Hyde, 'God Hates Us All' is the eighth studio album (and first in three years) for the Southern California thrash-metal band. Originally set for a July 2001 release, the album was delayed so that American Recordings head Rick Rubin and producer Sean Beavan could remix each of the tracks.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
Morning View 24.

Morning View

by Incubus
October 23, 2001
The Los Angeles-based funk-metal band returns with a follow-up to 1999's 'Make Yourself.' Scott Litt (R.E.M.) returns as producer.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.8
Aaliyah 25.

Aaliyah

by Aaliyah
July 17, 2001
This is the third album for Detroit-born Aaliyah, who debuted in 1994 (at the age of 15) with 'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number.' Timbaland produces three tracks. The singer died in a plane crash in August 2001, shortly after the release of the album.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
9.0
Miss E... So Addictive 26.

Miss E... So Addictive

by Missy Elliott
May 15, 2001
This is the third album for Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, and it again features the acclaimed production work of Timbaland. Guests include Busta Rhymes, Redman, Method Man, Ludacris, Eve, Jay-Z, and Ginuwine.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
Until The End Of Time 27.

Until The End Of Time

by 2Pac
March 27, 2001
A double album of previously unreleased tracks from the late rapper Tupac Shakur, bringing his total of posthumous releases to four (with a fifth planned for Fall 2001). The songs were recorded during the sessions for 1996's 'Makaveli.'
Metascore:
51
User Score:
8.7
Drukqs 28.

Drukqs

by Aphex Twin
October 23, 2001
This 30-track, 2-disc set from Richard D. James is his first Aphex Twin album in five years.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.9
The Rainbow Children 29.

The Rainbow Children

by Prince
November 20, 2001
This religion-themed concept album is the artist's first official release in 10 years under the Prince name.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
7.4
Get Ready 30.

Get Ready

by New Order
October 16, 2001
The band's first album together since 1993's 'Republic' finds the group moving away from electronica and back to guitar rock. The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan duets with Bernard Sumner on "Turn My Way" (and has been touring with the band as an additional guitarist), and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Innes contribute vocals and guitar to "Rock The Shack." Steve Osborne produced the 10-track album.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.4
Strange Little Girls 31.

Strange Little Girls

by Tori Amos
September 18, 2001
Yes, it is a covers album, but with a bit of a twist: all the songs were originally written and performed by men, and Amos has reinterpreted them from a woman's standpoint. This eclectic collection (12 tracks in all) includes versions of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence," Eminem's "97' Bonnie and Clyde," 10cc's "I'm Not In Love," Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," Slayer's "Raining Blood," and the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays."
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.6
Lions 32.

Lions

by The Black Crowes
May 8, 2001
'Lions' continues to build on the sound established in 1999's 'By Your Side,' with this outing produced by Don Was.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
8.7
Just Push Play 33.

Just Push Play

by Aerosmith
March 6, 2001
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.7
Rockin' The Suburbs 34.

Rockin' The Suburbs

by Ben Folds
September 11, 2001
Singer-songwriter Ben Folds has ditched the other two members of his band (Ben Folds Five) for this 12-track solo album, on which he plays every instrument himself.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.7
Comfort Eagle 35.

Comfort Eagle

by Cake
July 24, 2001
This is the fourth album for the Sacramento-based alternative rockers best known for their hits "Never There" and "The Distance."
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
The Invisible Band 36.

The Invisible Band

by Travis
June 12, 2001
The follow-up to 2000's hit 'The Man Who,' 'Invisible Band' contains similar-sounding guitar pop from the Scottish rockers. The album was produced by Nigel Godrich, who worked with Radiohead on 'Kid A' and 'OK Computer.'
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.8
Black Market Music 37.

Black Market Music

by Placebo
May 8, 2001
This is the third album from London glam-rockers Placebo. The U.S. release adds two bonus tracks: a new version of "Without You I'm Nothing" with David Bowie guesting on vocals, and a cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You."
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.8
M!ssundaztood 38.

M!ssundaztood

by P!nk
November 20, 2001
Fresh off her hit "Lady Marmalade" remake from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, the pop diva returns with her second album. Former 4 Non Blonde member Linda Perry produced and wrote most of the tracks.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.1
Reveal 39.

Reveal

by R.E.M.
May 15, 2001
'Reveal,' the Athens, GA band's 12th full-length album, marks the 20-year anniversary of the group. Operating as a trio for the second consecutive outing, R.E.M. offer up 12 new tracks, mainly of the mid-tempo acoustic guitar and keyboard variety. Guests include Joey Waronker, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies), and Scott McCaughey (The Young Fresh Fellows).
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.5
Beautifulgarbage 40.

Beautifulgarbage

by Garbage
October 2, 2001
Another eclectic offering from Shirley Manson and Garbage, their third album and first since 1998.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.3
Break The Cycle 41.

Break The Cycle

by Staind
May 8, 2001
This is the sophomore major-label release for the New England alt-metal band.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
8.5
The Argument 42.

The Argument

by Fugazi
October 16, 2001
Though Washington D.C. hard rockers Fugazi have been together for almost 15 years, this is just their eighth full-length release.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Poses 43.

Poses

by Rufus Wainwright
June 5, 2001
The follow-up to his 1998 self-titled debut (which gained the Canadian singer-songwriter "Best New Artist" honors from Rolling Stone), 'Poses' contains 12 new tracks from sessions with five different producers. He also has songs on the soundtracks for "Shrek" and "Moulin Rouge."
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Rock Steady 44.

Rock Steady

by No Doubt
December 11, 2001
The follow-up to 'Return of Saturn' finds Gwen Stefani & co. working with a variety of producers (Sly and Robbie, Ric Ocasek, William Orbit) in a variety of styles.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.8
Driving Rain 45.

Driving Rain

by Paul McCartney
November 13, 2001
This is the former Beatle's first album of original recordings since 1997's 'Flaming Pie.'
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Exciter 46.

Exciter

by Depeche Mode
May 15, 2001
This is the first album of new material since 1997's 'Ultra' for Depeche Mode, which again sees the band as a trio (consisting of David Gahan, Martin L. Gore, and Andy Fletcher) but also sees them experimenting more with a wider variety of sounds, including acoustic guitar. It is DM's first time in the studio with producer Mark Bell, who has previously worked with Bjork and was a member of the early-90s techno outfit LFO. The lead single from the 13-track album is "Dream On."
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.7
Girls Can Tell 47.

Girls Can Tell

by Spoon
February 20, 2001
The Austin band's follow-up to 'Series of Sneaks' was a critical favorite in 2001, appearing on seemingly every year-end Top 10 list (and with good reason).
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Scorpion 48.

Scorpion

by Eve
March 6, 2001
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.4
Devil's Night 49.

Devil's Night

by D12
June 19, 2001
Also known as the Dirty Dozen, D-12 consists of six (yes--we know that's not a dozen) Detroit-based rappers, including Eminem. 'Devil's Night' is their debut full-length, produced in part by Dr. Dre.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.1
Closer 50.

Closer

by Better Than Ezra
August 7, 2001
This is the fourth album for the New Orleans-based trio. It is their first release on indie Beyond Music, after being dropped by Elektra for disappointing sales.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.6
Golden State 51.

Golden State

by Bush
October 23, 2001
This is the fourth long-player for Gavin Rossdale and Bush, and was produced by Dave Sardie (Slayer, Marilyn Manson).
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.8
Now 52.

Now

by Maxwell
August 14, 2001
Soul singer-songwriter Maxwell returns with his third studio album, following 1998's 'Embrya' and his well-received 1996 debut 'Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.' The disc includes a cover of longtime live staple "This Woman's Work" (a Kate Bush cover).
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8
Tweekend 53.

Tweekend

by The Crystal Method
July 31, 2001
This long-awaited follow-up to the Los Angeles alternative-electronica band's 1997 debut, 'Vegas,' features guest appearances from members of Rage Against The Machine and Stone Temple Pilots as well as Jon Brion.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.7
No More Shall We Part 54.

No More Shall We Part

by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
April 10, 2001
The first new album from Cave and his band since 1997's well-received 'The Boatman's Call.'
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
Ten New Songs 55.

Ten New Songs

by Leonard Cohen
October 9, 2001
Leonard Cohen's first album of new material since 1992's 'The Future' contains, oddly enough, ten new songs. Sharon Robinson co-wrote each of the tracks, as well as providing instrumentation and backing vocals.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
The Photo Album 56.

The Photo Album

by Death Cab for Cutie
October 9, 2001
This is the third album for the Washington-based indie rockers.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
Gold 57.

Gold

by Ryan Adams
September 25, 2001
'Gold' is the second solo release for former Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams, and garnered a good deal of attention for the singer-songwriter in 2001.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8
Mink Car 58.

Mink Car

by They Might Be Giants
September 11, 2001
The band's first major release since 1996's 'Factory Showroom' features 17 new recordings (including some songs that originally appeared on 1999's self-released 'Long Tall Weekend.').
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.1
New Favorite 59.

New Favorite

by Alison Krauss & Union Station
August 14, 2001
Alison Krauss and her band have gained popularity in recent months, thanks to the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack (which featured the band's version of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" among other contributions). This is their first album since 1999's 'Forget About It.'
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.7
Celebrity 60.

Celebrity

by *NSYNC
July 24, 2001
This is the third album for Justin Timberlake & co. But will it be the last?
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.4
Confield 61.

Confield

by Autechre
May 15, 2001
One of the preeminent practitioners of the style of electronica labeled "Intelligent Dance Music," Autechre (consisting of Sean Booth and Rob Brown) returns with its first album in three years.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings 62.

I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

by Radiohead
November 13, 2001
Recorded during a 2000-2001 European tour, Radiohead's first live album contains just eight tracks: seven songs culled from 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac,' plus long-time live staple "True Love Waits."
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.5
Pain Is Love 63.

Pain Is Love

by Ja Rule
October 2, 2001
Released after a string of successful singles and albums (including 2000's 'Rule 3:36' LP), 'Pain Is Love' features contributions from Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, and 2Pac.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
6.4
Let It Come Down 64.

Let It Come Down

by Spiritualized
September 25, 2001
Over two years in the making, 'Let It Come Down' is the UK band's first album of new material in four years. It utilizes over 100 musicians (including an orchestra and choral singers), although the music was entirely written and arranged by guitarist Jason Pierce.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.7
8701 65.

8701

by Usher
August 7, 2001
Atlanta's Usher Raymond returns with his third studio release. The Neptunes, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are among the producers.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.2
Trouble in Shangri-La 66.

Trouble in Shangri-La

by Stevie Nicks
May 1, 2001
The first solo album in seven years for the Fleetwood Mac vocalist was partially produced by Sheryl Crow. Sarah McLachlan lends her voice to one track. Other guests include Macy Gray and Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.9
J. Lo 67.

J. Lo

by Jennifer Lopez
January 23, 2001
Metascore:
52
User Score:
7.9
Word Of Mouf 68.

Word Of Mouf

by Ludacris
November 27, 2001
The second full-length from the Atlanta rapper features contributions from Timbaland, Swizz Beats, Nate Dogg, Mystikal, Jagged Edge and Twista.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.5
10,000 Hz Legend 69.

10,000 Hz Legend

by Air
May 29, 2001
The French indie-electronica band made waves with their 1998 debut 'Moon Safari,' but since then their only release has been the motion picture score to Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides." The wait for their true sophomore album is over with the release of '10,000 Hz Legend,' which includes guest vocal contributions from Beck and Buffalo Daughter.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.6
Survivor 70.

Survivor

by Destiny's Child
May 1, 2001
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.9
Know Your Enemy 71.

Know Your Enemy

by Manic Street Preachers
April 24, 2001
The first album from the Manics in three years features the singles "Found That Soul" and "So Why So Sad."
Metascore:
57
User Score:
8.2
Cocky 72.

Cocky

by Kid Rock
November 20, 2001
The Detroit rap-rocker may be feeling a bit like his album title after his previous effort, 1998's 'Devil Without a Cause,' went platinum. (Actually, he was feeling like that even before that happened.) Snoop Dogg and Sheryl Crow guest on a track apiece on this, his fifth album of new material.
Metascore:
57
User Score:
6.2
Change 73.

Change

by The Dismemberment Plan
October 23, 2001
The eclectic Washington, D.C.-based indie band follow their best-received album, 1999's 'Emergency & I,' with this, their fourth LP. The Plan announced their breakup subsequent to its release.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
No More Drama 74.

No More Drama

by Mary J. Blige
August 28, 2001
The sixth album from Mary J. Blige features guest appearances from Lenny Kravitz, Eve, and Missy Elliott and production work from The Neptunes and Dr. Dre.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.5
Weird Revolution 75.

Weird Revolution

by Butthole Surfers
August 28, 2001
The first album in three years from the always bizarre Texans includes about two-thirds of the tracks from their unreleased 1998 effort "After The Astronaut."
Metascore:
46
User Score:
6.4
Time (The Revelator) 76.

Time (The Revelator)

by Gillian Welch
July 31, 2001
This is the third album for the California native. David Rawlings has replaced T-Bone Burnett as producer.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
God Bless The Go-Go's 77.

God Bless The Go-Go's

by The Go-Go's
May 15, 2001
Believe it or not, this is indeed a brand-new album from L.A.'s Go-Go's -- their first in 17 years, to be exact. The original lineup (including Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) is intact for this 13-track outing, produced by Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade (Hole, Radiohead). Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is featured on the first single, "Unforgiven."
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.7
All For You 78.

All For You

by Janet Jackson
April 24, 2001
The first new album in four years from the former Diff'rent Strokes star. (OK, so we've been watching too much Nick at Nite lately.)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
Old Ramon 79.

Old Ramon

by Red House Painters
April 10, 2001
Stuck in label limbo since 1997, 'Old Ramon' finally sees the light of day, thanks to Sub Pop records. It is the first official RHP release since 1996's 'Songs For A Blue Guitar,' although frontman Mark Kozelek released the solo album 'What's Next to the Moon' and appeared in the film "Almost Famous" in the interim.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Cold House 80.

Cold House

by Hood
November 13, 2001
This is the Leeds, England indie-rock band's first American LP release in four years. Akin to recent Radiohead, this disc incorporates experimental electronica elements, and also adds guest vocals from members of hip-hop outfit cLOUDDEAD.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Wake Up And Smell The Coffee 81.

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

by The Cranberries
October 23, 2001
Yes, apparently they ARE still around. This is the Irish group's sixth album since 1993, and their first with original producer Stephen Street in some time.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.0
The Coast Is Never Clear 82.

The Coast Is Never Clear

by Beulah
September 11, 2001
San Francisco's Beulah, part of the Elephant 6 collective of indie-pop bands, returns with a follow-up to their well-received 1999 effort 'When Your Heartstrings Break.'
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Essence 83.

Essence

by Lucinda Williams
June 5, 2001
Although Lucinda Williams' recording career began in 1979, this is just her sixth full-length release, following 1998's well-received 'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.' 'Essence' features 11 new trackes penned by Williams and co-produced by Charlie Sexton and Bo Ramsey.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.9
Songs In A Minor 84.

Songs In A Minor

by Alicia Keys
June 5, 2001
This is the smash-hit debut album from 20-year-old singer-songwriter (and classically-trained pianist) Alicia Keys.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 85.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
April 3, 2001
The major-label debut from the British-influenced rockers from Los Angeles.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.7
Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By 86.

Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

by Nathaniel Merriweather Presents Lovage
November 6, 2001
"Nathaniel Merriweather" is merely the latest incarnation of producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, best known for his work with Dr. Octagon and the Gorillaz. Merriweather was last seen on 1999's Handsome Boy Modeling School debut, and here he is joined in his new band, Lovage, by Kid Koala, Damon Albarn, Prince Paul, Faith No More's Mike Patton, and the Elysian Fields' Jennifer Charles, among others.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.4
Regeneration 87.

Regeneration

by The Divine Comedy
November 6, 2001
Neil Hannon returns with a follow-up to 2000's 'Gin Soaked Boy.' A bit of a departure, this album utilizes Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and a larger group of musicians to highlight a more serious side to Hannon's music.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.6
V 88.

V

by Live
September 18, 2001
The fifth album for Pennsylvania alt-rockers features a guest appearance from Tricky. "Forever May Not Be Long Enough," the theme song from this summer's "The Mummy Returns," also appears on the album.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.9
It's a Wonderful Life 89.

It's a Wonderful Life

by Sparklehorse
August 28, 2001
This is the third album for Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Sound-Dust 90.

Sound-Dust

by Stereolab
August 28, 2001
This is the eighth full-length release for British art-pop ensemble. Not surprisingly, John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke co-produced the album, with additional contributions from Sean O'Hagan (The High Llamas).
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.6
Hot Shots II 91.

Hot Shots II

by Beta Band
July 17, 2001
The second full-length (not including a collection of EPs) from Britain's heralded Beta Band is just as eclectic as the band's first outing, combining pop and indie rock with touches of hip hop and electronica. The ten new tracks are highlighted by the singles "Squares" and "Broke." (And if the immodest album title reminds you of the Stone Roses' 'Second Coming,' don't worry--the comparisons end there.)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
Go Plastic 92.

Go Plastic

by Squarepusher
June 26, 2001
This is the fifth full-length release from Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher). "My Red Hot Car" is the lead single.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.6
Things We Lost In The Fire 93.

Things We Lost In The Fire

by Low
February 6, 2001
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Iron Flag 94.

Iron Flag

by Wu-Tang Clan
December 18, 2001
RZA and company return to their hardcore roots for this, Wu-Tang's fourth album together.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.5
Genesis 95.

Genesis

by Busta Rhymes
November 13, 2001
Busta's fourth solo album includes 20 new tracks produced by the likes of Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, and Pete Rock. Guest vocalists include P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and the Flipmode Squad.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Party Music 96.

Party Music

by The Coup
November 6, 2001
Perhaps best known for being the album that depicted the World Trade Center towers in flames on its cover (before the events of September 11 necessitated a last-minute change of artwork), 'Party Music' is the fourth full-length for the ultra-political rappers.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
Pause 97.

Pause

by Four Tet
October 2, 2001
The second Four Tet album from producer Kieran Hebden (who is also in the band Fridge), 'Pause' is a dense, eclectic collection of a variety of electronic and live instrumentation and found sounds.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Music Of The Spheres 98.

Music Of The Spheres

by Ian Brown
October 1, 2001
Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown returns with his third solo album, following 2000's 'Golden Greats.' The first single is "F.E.A.R."
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.6
A Funk Odyssey 99.

A Funk Odyssey

by Jamiroquai
September 11, 2001
This is the fifth album for the UK outfit, led by Stevie Wonder soundalike Jason Kay.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
7.9
The Convincer 100.

The Convincer

by Nick Lowe
September 11, 2001
The final installment in the 52-year-old Lowe's comback trilogy follows 1994's 'The Impossible Bird' and 1998's 'Dig My Mood.'
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8

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