Album Releases by User Score

The Eminem Show 1.

The Eminem Show

by Eminem
May 28, 2002
Working once again with producer Dr. Dre, Marshall Mathers returns with his third album.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.0
Stripped 2.

Stripped

by Christina Aguilera
October 29, 2002
The 22-year-old pop star's second English-language album includes 20 new tracks, most penned by Aguilera herself, although suddenly ubiquitous Linda Perry assists on four songs. Guests include Alicia Keys, Redman, and Dave Navarro.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
8.8
A Rush Of Blood To The Head 3.

A Rush Of Blood To The Head

by Coldplay
August 27, 2002
The UK quartet follows the critical and commercial success of their 2000 debut album 'Parachutes' with this long-awaited follow-up release, which the band has suggested may be their last.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
9.0
Turn On The Bright Lights 4.

Turn On The Bright Lights

by Interpol
August 20, 2002
You won't read very many reviews of this New York band without seeing the words Joy Division pop up, and although there are some similarities, Interpol has something new to offer as well. This debut LP includes the tracks "PDA" and "NYC" from the group's well-received first single for Matador.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
9.0
Songs For The Deaf 5.

Songs For The Deaf

by Queens of the Stone Age
August 27, 2002
Stoner metal is back in the form of the third LP from Queens of the Stone Age, who are supplemented for this release (and supporting tour) by drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
Let Go 6.

Let Go

by Avril Lavigne
June 4, 2002
The 17-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter-skater nails the adult alternative Michelle Branch/Jewel/Alanis Morissette sound on this debut album, featuring her breakout hit single "Complicated."
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.8
Original Pirate Material 7.

Original Pirate Material

by The Streets
October 22, 2002
This is the debut album by the London garage (or in this case, bedroom) band, which consists solely of 21-year-old Mike Skinner. Whether or not this style of music (very English rapping over garage/house beats) will translate well overseas remains to be seen, but garage (and especially Skinner) is the current flavor of the month with the UK music press.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Nellyville 8.

Nellyville

by Nelly
June 25, 2002
The St. Louis rapper follows up the massive success of his 2000 debut LP 'Country Grammar' with 19 new tracks cut from the same cloth, including the Neptunes-produced single "Hot In Here." Justin Timberlake guests on one track.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.7
Audioslave 9.

Audioslave

by Audioslave
November 19, 2002
After frontman Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine in 2000, the remaining members of that Los Angeles band enlisted former Soundgarden leader Chris Cornell, and together they formed Audioslave. This is their debut release.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.5
God Loves Ugly 10.

God Loves Ugly

by Atmosphere
June 11, 2002
The Minneapolis underground hip-hop duo of rapper Slug and producer Ant offer up 18 new tracks.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 11.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

by Wilco
April 23, 2002
The long wait for this fourth album from Jeff Tweedy & co. is partially the result of the tumultuous recording process that left the band without its guitarist (Jay Bennett) and its record label (Warner/Reprise). Fellow Chicagoan Jim O'Rourke mixed the 11 tracks.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.9
Steal This Album 12.

Steal This Album

by System Of A Down
November 26, 2002
Not the true follow-up to 'Toxicity' that fans were hoping for, 'Steal This Album' instead consists of outtakes from that 2001 album, originally leaked on the Internet in rough versions and now polished up for release on CD.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Unleashed 13.

Unleashed

by Toby Keith
July 23, 2002
Oklahoma's Toby Keith returns with 12 new tracks, including a duet with Willie Nelson.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.4
Charmbracelet 14.

Charmbracelet

by Mariah Carey
December 3, 2002
After proving that all that Glitters is not gold, can the best-selling female artist of the 1990s manage a hit in the 21st century?
Metascore:
43
User Score:
6.7
Reanimation 15.

Reanimation

by Linkin Park
July 30, 2002
Not quite the next Linkin Park album, 'Reanimation' is instead a remix of their entire debut album, 'Hybrid Theory' (actually, a remix of the Japanese version, which contained extra tracks). The 19 songs here have been reinvented by an array of alternative and hip hop musicians and producers, including members of Korn, Jurassic 5, Orgy, and Staind, and given cryptic new titles such as "Rnw@y" and "My{Dsmbr." (You'd think with all the money they're making they could at least buy a vowel.)
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.3
By The Way 16.

By The Way

by Red Hot Chili Peppers
July 9, 2002
Although their ride has been rocky at times, the Los Angeles band is nearing its 20th anniversary. (And if you grew up listening to the band, doesn't that make you feel old.) This, their eighth album, finds the Chili Peppers working with producer Rick Rubin.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
Sea Change 17.

Sea Change

by Beck
September 24, 2002
Which Beck is it? The party-loving Beck of 'Odelay' and 'Midnite Vultures,' or the more serious, singer-songwriter Beck of 'Mutations.' On this latest release, it is the latter, as Beck reunites with Mutations' producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) for a set of darker, atmospheric, more acoustically-oriented tracks.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
Vapor Trails 18.

Vapor Trails

by Rush
May 14, 2002
Canada's favorite prog rockers return with their first album of new material in six years, eh.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Scarlet's Walk 19.

Scarlet's Walk

by Tori Amos
October 29, 2002
The suddenly prolific Amos returns with 18 new tracks, begging the question: Y Kant Tori Capitalize Her Song Titles? The album, her first for Epic, is structured as a cross-country journey through the U.S.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.9
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots 20.

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

by The Flaming Lips
July 16, 2002
The Oklahoma band finally returns with a follow-up to perhaps their strongest effort to date, 1999's 'The Soft Bulletin.' Here, the Lips venture even more into electronic territory, working once again with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev). Yoshimi of Japanese band The Boredoms guests on vocals on one track and lends her name to part of the album's title (the "Yoshimi" part, not the "Pink Robots" part).
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Heathen Chemistry 21.

Heathen Chemistry

by Oasis
July 2, 2002
This is the fifth studio album for the one-time superstars, who now retain only the brothers Gallagher from their original lineup. Former Ride guitarist Andy Bell and Heavy Stereo bassist Gem Archer make their first studio appearances as members of the band, and in an Oasis first, all four members share in the songwriting.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.1
Does This Look Infected? 22.

Does This Look Infected?

by Sum 41
November 26, 2002
The Toronto, Canada punk outfit returns with a follow-up to their successful 2001 debut, 'All Killer No Filler.'
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.7
Riot Act 23.

Riot Act

by Pearl Jam
November 12, 2002
Still going strong, the Seattle grunge band returns with its seventh studio album.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.1
The Rising 24.

The Rising

by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
July 30, 2002
The Boss' first studio album with the E Street Band since 1984's 'Born In The U.S.A.,' 'The Rising' contains 15 new Springsteen songs produced by Brendan O'Brien.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Justified 25.

Justified

by Justin Timberlake
November 5, 2002
Aw... little Justin's all grows up. First Mickey Mouse Club, then 'NSync, and now this, his solo debut. Can he be a success on his own? Well, having Timbaland and The Neptunes along as his producers certainly won't hurt.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.8
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground 26.

Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

by Bright Eyes
August 13, 2002
Prolific 22-year-old Nebraska singer-songwriter Connor Oberst returns to his Bright Eyes guise for this 13-track effort, following a stint fronting the band Desaparecidos.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.8
Diorama 27.

Diorama

by Silverchair
August 27, 2002
The former Australian teen grunge stars (whose 1995 debut was released when they were just 15) are still together, and this album marks their fourth release, highlighted by a more mature, refined sound.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.5
Untouchables 28.

Untouchables

by Korn
June 11, 2002
The California alt-metal outfit finally returns with a successor to the smash hit 1999 album 'Issues.'
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Maladroit 29.

Maladroit

by Weezer
May 14, 2002
When it rains it pours: After going five years without a Weezer album, fans of the quirky alt-rockers get two new discs in two years, with this (their fourth release overall) quickly following 2001's Green Album.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.1
Up! 30.

Up!

by Shania Twain
November 19, 2002
Not wanting to offend any potential listeners, the country superstar finally follows up the hit 'Come On Over' with two versions of her new album (both included in this two-CD set): a red disc of pop versions of her 19 new songs, and a green disc of those same 19 songs performed in a country music style. (A third, blue, disc of those songs performed in a world music style is targeted at international consumers.)
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.8
Highly Evolved 31.

Highly Evolved

by The Vines
July 16, 2002
2001 gave us The White Stripes and The Strokes; 2002 gives us The Hives and The Vines. This Australian four-piece outfit is the latest rock band to be hyped to stratospheric proportions (and an instant major-label contract) by the UK rock press, who compared the Vines to Nirvana (the band, not the concept). But although the Aussies did indeed get their start as a Nirvana cover band, there is a bit more to their debut album 'Highly Evolved' than Grunge, Part 2.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.7
God's Son 32.

God's Son

by Nas
December 17, 2002
Jay-Z's mortal enemy returns with his third (!) release of 2002, which includes collaborations with Alicia Keys and 2Pac (yes, that 2Pac, who, as you may recall, died several years ago).
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
I Get Wet 33.

I Get Wet

by Andrew W.K.
March 26, 2002
This big-budget debut album from 22-year-old Detroit-raised rocker Andrew WK took the UK (well, at least its music press) by storm in late 2001.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.6
() 34.

()

by Sigur Rós
October 29, 2002
The very, very distinctive Icelandic band generated an enormous amount of positive press (and deservingly so) for their previous effort, 'Ágætis Byrjun,' which led to a major-label deal and this album, which, like each of its eight tracks, does not have a real title.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Under Rug Swept 35.

Under Rug Swept

by Alanis Morissette
February 26, 2002
Morissette's third studio album is the first one the 27-year-old Canadian songwriter has produced herself.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.6
More Than You Think You Are 36.

More Than You Think You Are

by Matchbox Twenty
November 19, 2002
Still lowercase, the alt-rock band led by Rob Thomas (who is perhaps more famous for "Smooth" on Santana's 1999 album) returns with their third album, the first on which the band shared songwriting duties as a unit.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
8.7
Source Tags & Codes 37.

Source Tags & Codes

by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
February 26, 2002
Following the critical success of their 1999 effort, 'Madonna,' the lengthily-named Austin, Texas indie band signed with Interscope and recorded this, their major-label debut.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Believe 38.

Believe

by Disturbed
September 17, 2002
The Chicago alt-metal band follows their 2 million-selling debut, 'The Sickness,' with this sophomore effort, working once again with producer Johnny Z.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.7
Kill The Moonlight 39.

Kill The Moonlight

by Spoon
August 20, 2002
The Austin, Tex. indie rockers return with their fourth album, following 2001's critically acclaimed 'Girls Can Tell.'
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Testify 40.

Testify

by Phil Collins
November 12, 2002
Phil Collins returns with his first album of new material in six years, but will anyone care other than the guys on South Park?
Metascore:
34
User Score:
6.2
The Last Broadcast 41.

The Last Broadcast

by Doves
June 4, 2002
The Manchester, England band reunites with producer Steve Osborne for their sophomore album, following 2000's 'Lost Souls,' which launched them into stardom in both the U.S. and U.K. "There Goes the Fear" is the lead single.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
One By One 42.

One By One

by Foo Fighters
October 22, 2002
Former Nirvana drummer (and sometime Queens of the Stone Age drummer) Dave Grohl returns to the front of the stage for his role as vocalist, guitarist, and bandleader of the Foo Fighters on this, their fourth studio recording.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
The Lost Tapes 43.

The Lost Tapes

by Nas
September 24, 2002
This compilation collects tracks recorded from 1998-2001 that, for various reasons (and not because they were of inferior quality), were not included on the rapper's albums released during that time.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Up 44.

Up

by Peter Gabriel
September 24, 2002
Yup... Up's two-letter name signifies that this is indeed a brand-new Peter Gabriel studio recording, his first since 1992's 'Us.' The music goes in a now-typical multi-cultural direction, with input from gospel singers The Blind Boys of Alabama and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.8
Rings Around The World 45.

Rings Around The World

by Super Furry Animals
March 19, 2002
This is the fifth album (and a return to English-lanugage songs) for the well-regarded Welsh indie band, now signed to a major label (Epic). It is the first album ever to be released simultaneously on DVD and CD (with the DVD containing a movie and a remix for each track on the album). Paul McCartney and John Cale have cameo appearances on the album.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.7
Geogaddi 46.

Geogaddi

by Boards of Canada
February 19, 2002
The Scottish duo finally return with a full-length follow-up to their acclaimed 1998 debut, 'Music Has A Right To Children.'
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Phrenology 47.

Phrenology

by The Roots
November 26, 2002
The groundbreaking Philadelphia rap outfit returns with 13 new tracks and guest contributions from Jill Scott, Nelly Furtado, Talib Kweli and Musiq.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Brainwashed 48.

Brainwashed

by George Harrison
November 19, 2002
The late Beatle's final studio album was produced by Jeff Lynne with Harrison's son, Dhani.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse 49.

The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse

by Jay-Z
November 12, 2002
A sequel to his critically-acclaimed 2001 album 'The Blueprint,' Jay-Z's new two-disc set is all over the map in the course of 110 minutes and 25 tracks. The roster of producers and guests includes (but is by no means limited to): The Neptunes, Lenny Kravitz, Big Boi, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Heavy D, Rakim, Beyonce Knowles, Faith Evans, Notorious B.I.G. and Scarface.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.9
American IV: The Man Comes Around 50.

American IV: The Man Comes Around

by Johnny Cash
November 5, 2002
Johnny Cash, still going strong at age 70, returns for a fourth album with producer Rick Rubin. Like the previous three pairings, this disc mixes Cash originals with unlikely covers, which this time out include Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley are among the guests.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
Lost In Space 51.

Lost In Space

by Aimee Mann
August 27, 2002
This self-released effort for the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter (and former Til Tuesday frontwoman) is her first release since the twin 2000 critical successes of 'Bachelor No. 2' and the soundtrack to "Magnolia."
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.6
X 52.

X

by Def Leppard
July 30, 2002
X marks the veteran English arena-rock band's tenth album.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.2
Fever 53.

Fever

by Kylie Minogue
February 26, 2002
This high-energy dance album from the Australian veteran includes the UK hit single "Can't Get You out of My Head." It is her first American release since 1988, although she has retained her popularity in Europe and her native Australia since the 1980's, updating her sound along the way.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.9
The Creek Drank The Cradle 54.

The Creek Drank The Cradle

by Iron & Wine
September 24, 2002
Written, recorded and performed entirely by Miami, Fla-based Samuel Beam, 'The Creek Drank The Cradle' is the debut album for Iron & Wine, a largely lo-fi, acoustic affair with a darker take on folk and bluegrass.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Alice 55.

Alice

by Tom Waits
May 7, 2002
One of two Waits releases in May 2002 ('Blood Money' is the other), 'Alice' was originally written as an opera and actually performed live during an 18-month engagement in Hamburg in the early 1990s. However, this is the first recording of these 15 tracks, culled from recent studio sessions.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
Power In Numbers 56.

Power In Numbers

by Jurassic 5
October 8, 2002
The Los Angeles-based underground hip-hop outfit returns with a follow up to their 2000 debut, 'Quality Control.' Nelly Furtado guests on one track.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Twisted Angel 57.

Twisted Angel

by LeAnn Rimes
October 1, 2002
Little LeAnn Rimes, the former 13-year-old country sensation, has been remade as a teen pop star with this latest release, thanks to a new team of producers and songwriters. But will the teen pop buyers of the world accept the new LeAnn Rimes? If only we had the time to worry about such things.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
7.1
Home 58.

Home

by Dixie Chicks
August 27, 2002
The ever-popular contemporary country act returns with their sixth album.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.0
Hard Candy 59.

Hard Candy

by Counting Crows
July 9, 2002
Only the band's fourth studio recording in their 10+ year existence, 'Hard Candy' offers up 13 new tracks, including the single "American Girls" and "Butterfly Reverse," which was cowritten by Ryan Adams. Steve Lillywhite produces.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.7
Come Away With Me 60.

Come Away With Me

by Norah Jones
February 26, 2002
Pop/jazz vocalist and pianist Norah Jones, the daughter of Ravi Shankar, picked up 5 Grammy awards for this debut album, produced by Arif Mardin.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
This Is Me... Then 61.

This Is Me... Then

by Jennifer Lopez
November 19, 2002
Actress/singer J.Lo returns with 12 new tracks, including "Jenny from the Block," featuring guest appearances from Jadakiss and Styles. Lopez is also planning her first-ever tour in support of the album in 2003.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
8.2
The Private Press 62.

The Private Press

by DJ Shadow
June 4, 2002
The Bay Area's Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow) finally returns with a proper full-length follow-up to 1996's groudbreaking 'Endtroducing,' which achieved near-legendary status for its imaginative use of samples (a style that would later be adopted by acts such as The Avalanches).
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
White Lilies Island 63.

White Lilies Island

by Natalie Imbruglia
March 5, 2002
Natalie Imbruglia's second album is a follow-up to her 1998 international hit debut, 'Left Of The Middle.' Ian Stanley and Pascal Gabriel are among the producers working on this disc.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
7.1
Melody A.M. 64.

Melody A.M.

by Röyksopp
October 15, 2002
This is the debut album for the downbeat electronica duo from Norway, which has drawn comparisons to bands such as Air, Groove Armada, and Boards of Canada. Erlend Oye (Kings of Convenience) provides vocals on several tracks.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
The Last DJ 65.

The Last DJ

by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
October 8, 2002
The latest from Tom Petty is a concept album (or diatribe, if you will) about/against the domination of popular music by large, greedy corporations. It was released on October 8, 2002 by a large, greedy corporation.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.9
lovehatetragedy 66.

lovehatetragedy

by Papa Roach
June 18, 2002
The No-Cal rap-metal outfit returns with a second album for Dreamworks (their third overall). Lead singer Coby Dick has reverted back to his given name, Jacoby Shaddix, but otherwise, the band and sound remain the same.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
Bounce 67.

Bounce

by Bon Jovi
October 8, 2002
Just when you feared the New Jersey hair band would never release another album, they did. Oh joy.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.8
Wiretap Scars 68.

Wiretap Scars

by Sparta
August 13, 2002
This is the debut LP from the Texas band, which features three former members of At The Drive-In (including guitarist Jim Ward).
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.6
Busted Stuff 69.

Busted Stuff

by Dave Matthews Band
July 16, 2002
Even the most casual DMB fan knows the story by now: Dave & Co. record a dark, challenging album with producer Steve Lillywhite, those "Lillywhite Sessions" are leaked onto the Internet where the tracks quickly become fan favorites, and the band chooses not to release them, instead heading back into the studio with producer Glen Ballard to record 'Everyday.' The new studio LP 'Busted Stuff' does not contain those original tracks from the 2000 sessions, but nine of those songs (plus two new tracks) are here, newly recorded.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.2
Veni Vidi Vicious 70.

Veni Vidi Vicious

by The Hives
April 30, 2002
One of the first Next Big Things of 2002, Sweden's The Hives follow last year's media darlings The Strokes and The White Stripes in bringing the rock back to alternative rock. The only catch is that the band has been around for over a decade, with this particular album actually dating back to 2000, when it gained a limited U.S. release on a tiny Epitaph imprint. However, the Swedes were able to benefit from the rush to capitalize on the neo-garage/punk-rock movement by scoring a major label deal in early 2002 and a rerelease of this, their second full-length. (They've got The Strokes beat on length, though, managing to release an even shorter album, at just 27 minutes.)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
In Search Of... [Second Version] 71.

In Search Of... [Second Version]

by N.E.R.D
March 12, 2002
This is the debut album for in-demand hip-hop production duo The Neptunes, recording with Shay under the name N.E.R.D. (for "No One Ever Really Dies"). Note that there are two different versions of this album in circulation. The original version, featuring mainly electronic instrumentation, was intended for release in August 2001 but was shelved by the band (only to be released in the UK over the band's objection). This new version, released March 2002, was completely rerecorded, and features live instrumentation by Minneapolis funk band Spymob.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Just Whitney 72.

Just Whitney

by Whitney Houston
December 10, 2002
Stung by a drug arrest and nasty rumors over the last few years, the diva finally emerges with her first album of new material in four years.
Metascore:
53
User Score:
7.6
It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook 73.

It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook

by Rod Stewart
October 22, 2002
With a title like that, you pretty much know what to expect from Mr. Stewart on this outing, which includes standards such as "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and "I'll Be Seeing You." To make matters worse, Dave Koz and Arturo Sandoval guest.
Metascore:
42
User Score:
7.6
Spend The Night 74.

Spend The Night

by The Donnas
October 22, 2002
American's favorite high school rockers have graduated and grown up, resulting in this, their fifth (and most mature) album to date.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.5
Make Up The Breakdown 75.

Make Up The Breakdown

by Hot Hot Heat
October 8, 2002
This Sub Pop debut for the British Columbia band falls into the 80s/punk revival category occupied by the likes of French Kicks and Radio 4, although Cure comparisons are more likely (since lead singer Steve Bays' voice sounds, at times, almost identical to Robert Smith's).
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
The Amalgamut 76.

The Amalgamut

by Filter
July 30, 2002
Filter's third LP finds the band moving in a less industrial/electronic direction.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.5
Quality 77.

Quality

by Talib Kweli
November 19, 2002
Working with a variety of producers, the acclaimed New York rapper returns with his second album. Mos Def, Bilal and members of the Roots are among the guests.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
Shaman 78.

Shaman

by Santana
October 22, 2002
Attempting to duplicate the unexpected mega-success of 1999's 'Supernatural,' the rock veteran returns with the formula intact, loading this disc with numerous guests from various musical genres to appeal to as many potential fans as possible. The list of contributors reads like the introductions to some televised awards show: Michelle Branch, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Seal, Macy Gray, Musiq, Placido Domingo, Ozomatli, Dido and P.O.D. (What, no Ozzy Osbourne?)
Metascore:
59
User Score:
6.4
Heathen 79.

Heathen

by David Bowie
June 11, 2002
Bowie's first studio album in three years (and first for his new label ISO Records, distributed by Columbia) finds the older white duke working with producer Tony Visconti for the first time since 1980's 'Scary Monsters.' Pete Townsend and Dave Grohl guest on guitar on a track apiece.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.2
The Beginning Stages Of... 80.

The Beginning Stages Of...

by The Polyphonic Spree
June 4, 2002
It's a bit hard NOT to get noticed when your band consists of a couple dozen people dressed in white robes, but having one of the most memorable debut albums in recent years (think Mercury Rev + Spiritualized + Up With People) certainly doesn't hurt. This 10-song debut (which was originally intended as a demo) did in fact land the Austin, Texas band led by former Tripping Daisy member Tim DeLaughter a major label deal.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.1
When I Was Cruel 81.

When I Was Cruel

by Elvis Costello
April 23, 2002
Costello's first album of original material in six years is a return to his new wave/punk/rock roots, with several members of The Attractions (Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas) in tow.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.8
Blood Sport 82.

Blood Sport

by Sneaker Pimps
February 19, 2002
The band that gave us alt-radio hit "6 Underground" returns with a third album, although their second (1999's 'Splinter') failed to secure U.S. distribution. Guitarist Chris Corner now handles lead vocals, replacing the departed Kelli Dayton.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
8.7
Under Construction 83.

Under Construction

by Missy Elliott
November 12, 2002
Missy Elliott reunites once again with super-producer Timbaland on this, her fourth studio album. The lead single is "Work It," a huge success even before the album's release. Guests on the disc include Jay-Z, Ludacris, Beyonce Knowles, TLC and Method Man.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.2
A Hundred Days Off 84.

A Hundred Days Off

by Underworld
September 24, 2002
The popular electronica band, now down to two members (founders Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) after the departure of DJ Darren Emerson, move forward with their first studio recording in three years, highlighted by 9-minute lead single "Two Months Off."
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.1
Eve-Olution 85.

Eve-Olution

by Eve
August 27, 2002
Eve's third album finds the popular Philly rapper working with producers Dr. Dre, Irv Gotti and Swizz Beatz. Alicia Keys guests on one track.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.5
One Beat 86.

One Beat

by Sleater-Kinney
August 20, 2002
The acclaimed indie-rock trio from Olympia, Wash. return with their sixth album.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Learning From Falling 87.

Learning From Falling

by Lamya
July 30, 2002
Who is Lamya? Born in Africa, educated in England, and later residing in the U.S., she is a classically-trained opera singer who embarked on a pop career, first serving as lead vocalist for Soul II Soul and later as a backup singer for Duran Duran and David Bowie. For this solo debut, she wrote, produced, and composed each of the 12 tracks.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.5
Full Moon 88.

Full Moon

by Brandy
March 5, 2002
This is the third album for the now-23-year-old singer (and former Cinderella). Rodney Jerkins handles most of the production chores on this 17-track disc.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.3
Yanqui U.X.O. 89.

Yanqui U.X.O.

by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
November 4, 2002
Slightly (and confusingly) changing their name to Godspeed You! Black Emperor for this outing, the Canadian instrumental band recorded these 5 tracks (clocking in at 75 minutes) with Steve Albini as a follow-up to their extremely well-received 2000 effort 'Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven.'
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
The Isness 90.

The Isness

by The Future Sound of London
August 13, 2002
The first new album for the English electronic outfit in six years sees the band heading in a completely new direction, away from their dark electronica in favor of a more organic, psychedelic rock vibe. Surprisingly (for a FSOL album), there's guitar, vocals, strings, and harmonica, and trippy song titles such as "The Mello Hippo Disco Show."
Metascore:
62
User Score:
6.7
Murray Street 91.

Murray Street

by Sonic Youth
June 25, 2002
Now into their third decade of recording, Sonic Youth offer up a return to form that has more in common with their output of the 80s than with anything they have released in recent years. Multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke, who worked with the band on their previous effort 'NYC Ghosts & Flowers,' is now a full-fledged member of the group.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Title TK 92.

Title TK

by The Breeders
May 21, 2002
A comeback of sorts, 'Title TK' comes a full nine years after The Breeders' previous effort (1993's 'Last Splash') and sees the group with a new lineup (only Kim Deal and sister Kelley remain) and producer (Steve Albini).
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.5
Stereo 93.

Stereo

by Paul Westerberg
April 23, 2002
The former Replacements leader returns with his first solo effort in three years, which actually is two albums in one: Stereo, his new 12-track solo release; and Mono, a second recording by Westerberg and full band under the Grandpaboy name.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.9
Gutterflower 94.

Gutterflower

by Goo Goo Dolls
April 9, 2002
Believe it or not, these guys have been around for over 15 years now, and this is their eighth release (and first since 1998's 'Dizzy Up The Girl').
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.0
Love Is Here 95.

Love Is Here

by Starsailor
January 8, 2002
This is the much-heralded debut album from the English foursome, produced by Steve Osbourne.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
New Earth Mud 96.

New Earth Mud

by Chris Robinson
October 22, 2002
Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson takes leave from his band for this debut solo release.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
8.6
Cobblestone Runway 97.

Cobblestone Runway

by Ron Sexsmith
October 8, 2002
The Canadian singer-songwriter's fifth album finds Sexsmith experimenting with electronica for the first time.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Man Vs Machine 98.

Man Vs Machine

by Xzibit
October 1, 2002
This is the fourth album from the successful West Coast rapper.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
7.9
The Richest Man in Babylon 99.

The Richest Man in Babylon

by Thievery Corporation
October 1, 2002
The Washington D.C.-based production duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are back with their third proper LP, following 2000's 'The Mirror Conspiracy.' Like its predessor, 'Babylon' is a multicultural mix of down-tempo instrumentals and vocal tracks, with Pam Bricker, Lou Lou, Notch, Emiliana Torrini, Sleepy Wonder and Shinehead providing the voices.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.2
Demolition 100.

Demolition

by Ryan Adams
September 24, 2002
As the title implies, this is not a true follow-up to 2001's 'Gold,' but rather a collection of demo recordings--13 never-before-released tracks (down from a rumored four-CD set!) captured on tape during spare moments while on tour.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.1

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