Album Releases by Score

Original Pirate Material 1.

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
Alice 2.

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:
8.5
Songs For The Deaf 3.

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
Kill The Moonlight 4.

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
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 5.

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
Phrenology 6.

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
The Creek Drank The Cradle 7.

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
Rings Around The World 8.

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
OST 9.

OST

by 24 Hour Party People
August 6, 2002
The soundtrack to the fictionalized account of the rise and fall of Manchester's Factory Records includes, somewhat obviously, a generous helping of New Order, Joy Division, and Happy Mondays songs (including the title track by the latter), as well as cuts from A Guy Called Gerald, Durutti Column, and the Buzzcocks. This is also the only album where you'll find the newest New Order single, "Here to Stay," a collaboration with the Chemical Brothers that failed to appear on either group's latest LP.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Don't Give Up On Me 10.

Don't Give Up On Me

by Solomon Burke
July 23, 2002
The legendary 1960s soul singer, now a young 66 years old, is still going strong with this latest release, featuring brand-new songs penned by an impressive group of songwriters, including Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan. No one will be giving up on him after this release.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Didn't It Rain 11.

Didn't It Rain

by Songs: Ohia
March 5, 2002
With the word "blue" appearing in four out of the seven song titles, you get a general idea of Jason Molina's mood as he recorded this sixth proper LP under the Songs:Ohia name. The entire album was recorded live in a Philadelphia studio with Molina backed by a new full band, including co-vocalists Jennie Benford and Jim Krewson.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Source Tags & Codes 12.

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
One Beat 13.

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
The Last Broadcast 14.

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
Geogaddi 15.

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
No! 16.

No!

by They Might Be Giants
June 11, 2002
This enhanced-CD experience is TMBG's first official album geared toward the younger set, with 17 children's songs with titles such as "Where Do They Make Balloons?" and "I Am Not a Grocery Bag." (Not that the titles themselves make this any different than a grownup TMBG album, mind you.)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. 17.

S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

by Out Hud
November 19, 2002
Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, this now New York-based instrumental outfit (which shares some members with the band !!!) has previously drawn a bit of acclaim for their vinyl-only releases. This six-track effort represents their first CD release, which showcases their dancier, dubbier, funkier brand of post-rock.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Veni Vidi Vicious 18.

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
Blood Money 19.

Blood Money

by Tom Waits
May 7, 2002
Written for a Robert Wilson stage production of Georg Büchner's unfinished 1836 play 'Woyzeck,' 'Blood Money' is one of two Waits releases in May 2002 (the other being 'Alice,' which was similarly created for the stage).
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
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
The Beginning Stages Of... 21.

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
We Love Life 22.

We Love Life

by Pulp
August 20, 2002
The band's first album since 1997's 'This Is Hardcore' is produced by Scott Walker and features 12 new tracks.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6
Cobblestone Runway 23.

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
In Search Of... [Second Version] 24.

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
Skyscraper National Park 25.

Skyscraper National Park

by Hayden
March 12, 2002
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Hayden (Paul Hayden Desser) returns to his bedroom-recording indie-label roots, after two previous releases for Geffen.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
() 26.

()

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
Blacklisted 27.

Blacklisted

by Neko Case
August 20, 2002
Alt-country singer-songwriter Neko Case returns with her third solo album, after last appearing on the New Pornographers' acclaimed 'Mass Romantic" album. Here, the moody, cinematic music is provided by members of Calexico and Giant Sand.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape 28.

Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape

by Me'Shell Ndegéocello
June 4, 2002
The fifth album (and first in three years) for the bassist/singer features 16 new tracks (including a bonus remix of "Pocketbook" by Missy Elliot and Rockwilder) in an eclectic mix of styles.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
The Rising 29.

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
Come Away With Me 30.

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:
8.7
OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads) 31.

OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads)

by Mekons
August 20, 2002
The Leeds, England band celebrate their 25th anniversary with this 11-track release that veers from country to punk.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Point 32.

Point

by Cornelius
January 22, 2002
This is the second international release for Japanese producer/remixer/artist/recording star Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada), following his 1998 breakthrough debut for Matador, 'Fantasma.' A bit less cut-and-paste than its predecessor, 'Point' still showcases a range of musical styles in its 11 tracks.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Folklore 33.

Folklore

by 16 Horsepower
August 6, 2002
The moody alt-country band led by David Eugene Edwards returns with its darkest set of songs yet.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Murray Street 34.

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
Asleep In The Back 35.

Asleep In The Back

by Elbow
January 22, 2002
Often compared to Doves and Radiohead, Manchester-based Elbow is yet another new alternative band to emerge from the British music press hype machine. This debut album was shortlisted for 2001's Mercury Music Prize.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Under Construction 36.

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
Lost Horizons 37.

Lost Horizons

by Lemon Jelly
October 8, 2002
While the first full-length for the English chill-out duo, 'LemonJelly.KY,' was a collection of previously released singles, 'Lost Horizons' represents their first true album, with eight new tracks clocking in at precisely one hour in length.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Turn On The Bright Lights 38.

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
The Private Press 39.

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
The Lost Tapes 40.

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
Melody A.M. 41.

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
God's Son 42.

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 Phantom 43.

I Phantom

by Mr. Lif
September 17, 2002
Indie Boston rapper Mr. Lif returns with his fourth album.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Something Wicked This Way Comes 44.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

by The Herbaliser
March 19, 2002
This is the fourth Ninja Tune release for the innovative London-based hip-hop outfit, mixing somewhat more traditional rap cuts with acid-jazz and trip-hop instrumental pieces.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Under Cold Blue Stars 45.

Under Cold Blue Stars

by Josh Rouse
February 19, 2002
Singer/songwriter Josh Rouse's third solo LP was produced by Roger Moutenot.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Sharpen Your Teeth 46.

Sharpen Your Teeth

by Ugly Casanova
May 21, 2002
Ugly Casanova is the alter ego of Modest Mouse singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, who makes his solo debut with this release. The 13 tracks were produced by Brian Deck (Tortoise, Sea and Cake), and the backing band includes Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession) and Tim Rutili (Red Red Meat), but it sounds a lot like a Modest Mouse release.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
The Execution of All Things 47.

The Execution of All Things

by Rilo Kiley
October 1, 2002
This is the second full-length album for the Los Angeles-based indie band, who are now labelmates of Omaha's Bright Eyes. Fans of the TV program "Boy Meets World" (all three of you) may recognize guitarist Blake Sennett, who played Joey on that show. (Singer Jenny Lewis has also guested on numerous sitcoms over the years.)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
A Rush Of Blood To The Head 48.

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:
8.9
Yanqui U.X.O. 49.

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
Electric Circus 50.

Electric Circus

by Common
December 10, 2002
On his fifth album, the underground rapper ventures more into the rock, soul, and jazz territory of his influences, with production help from the Soulaquarians. An eclectic array of guests includes Prince, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Bilal, Mary J. Blige, and Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Untouchables 51.

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
Twoism [EP] 52.

Twoism [EP]

by Boards of Canada
November 26, 2002
Boards of Canada's very first release--once limited to just 100 self-released vinyl copies in 1995--has finally been reissued on CD. (So if you've been holding on to your 12-inch to sell on eBay, tough luck.)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
Sea Change 53.

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
Nextdoorland 54.

Nextdoorland

by The Soft Boys
September 24, 2002
The legendary (and quirky) English band fronted by Robyn Hitchcock follow their 2001 reunion tour with this, their first new studio recording in 22 years.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Live at Convocation Hall 55.

Live at Convocation Hall

by Hayden
September 17, 2002
Recorded live at a March 2002 show in Toronto, this 22-track, 2-disc set includes songs from Hayden's three previous albums, as well as three new tracks and a cover of Neil Young's "Tell Me Why."
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Optometry 56.

Optometry

by DJ Spooky
July 9, 2002
This latest installment in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series of progressive/experimental jazz recordings is the work of turntablist DJ Spooky (Tha' Subliminal Kid), whose own mixing, bass, and kalimba are joined by jazz notables such as Matthew Shipp, Guillermo Barreto Brown, William Parker, and Medeski, Martin & Wood's Billy Martin.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Italian Platinum 57.

Italian Platinum

by Silkworm
June 4, 2002
Steve Albini was behind the boards for the Chicago-by-way-of-Seattle band's third album for Touch & Go Records.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
About A Boy [Soundtrack] 58.

About A Boy [Soundtrack]

by Badly Drawn Boy
April 23, 2002
Instead of a real follow-up to "The Hour of Bewliderbeast" (look for that later in 2002), Damon Gough returns with the score to the film adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel. The 16 new tracks here are split between short instrumental pieces and full songs.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Quality 59.

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
Is A Woman 60.

Is A Woman

by Lambchop
February 19, 2002
Kurt Wagner & co. return for the band's sixth album, which is a more stripped-down affair than their previous effort, 'Nixon.'
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
Walking With Thee 61.

Walking With Thee

by Clinic
March 5, 2002
The distinctive Liverpool indie/garage band is back with a follow-up to their well-received 2000 debut 'Internal Wrangler' (which was just released last fall in the U.S.). The positive press generated by these two releases led to the band signing a major-label deal with Universal, which re-released 'Walking With Thee' on August 6, 2002.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
Night Works 62.

Night Works

by Layo & Bushwacka!
September 10, 2002
This is the sophomore effort for the duo of DJs from a popular London club known as The End. It is not a mix album, however; instead, the 14 trance-house tracks are original compositions.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Read & Burn 01 [EP] 63.

Read & Burn 01 [EP]

by Wire
June 25, 2002
The groundbreaking English four-piece art-punk band has reunited (25 years after their debut) to record this 6-track EP, representing their first new studio output together since 1990's 'Manscape.'
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Trey Anastasio 64.

Trey Anastasio

by Trey Anastasio
April 30, 2002
The official solo debut for the Phish head features 12 new Anastasio-penned tracks, with the guitarist backed by an eight-piece band.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Jerusalem 65.

Jerusalem

by Steve Earle
September 24, 2002
The roots rocker tackles a variety of tough, contemporary issues on this latest release, perhaps his most political, issue-oriented album yet. Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris guest.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Uninvisible 66.

Uninvisible

by Medeski, Martin & Wood
April 9, 2002
The New York-based experimental jazz trio expands its sound on this album by adding turntablists DJ P Love and DJ Olive and a five-piece horn section.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Lost in Revelry 67.

Lost in Revelry

by The Mendoza Line
February 19, 2002
This is the fourth album (and third record label) for the Athens, GA indie outfit.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Kittenz And Thee Glitz 68.

Kittenz And Thee Glitz

by Felix Da Housecat
January 22, 2002
The veteran Chicago house producer offers up 16 tracks of modernized 80's electro (think Daft Punk or Ladytron), highlighted by "Silver Screen (Shower Scene)." The album picked up a great deal of acclaim in the UK when it was released in mid-2001, and finally secured U.S. distribution (through Emperor Norton) in early 2002.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
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
Handcream For A Generation 70.

Handcream For A Generation

by Cornershop
April 23, 2002
This long-awaited fourth album from the London-based outfit headed by Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres is an even more eclectic mix of styles than previous efforts. The 13 new tracks include the excellent (and excellently titled) lead single "Lessons Learned From Rocky I to Rocky III," and a reworking of "People Power (In The Disco Hour)" from Singh and Ayres' Clinton side project.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
On Top 71.

On Top

by Rye Coalition
March 19, 2002
This third album for the Jersey City rockers (who come across a bit like an emo Tenacious D) was produced by Steve Albini.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Three 72.

Three

by Archer Prewitt
June 4, 2002
The aptly named 'Three' is the third solo release for graphic artist/Sea And Cake guitarist Archer Prewitt.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Age Of The Sun 73.

Age Of The Sun

by The Sunshine Fix
January 22, 2002
The Sunshine Fix is a 60s-themed side project for Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Machine Says Yes 74.

Machine Says Yes

by FC/Kahuna
November 19, 2002
Forget the Chemical Brothers; British producer/DJs Dan and John Kahuna really are brothers, and this, their debut LP, plays like a tour of electronica, venturing from electro to disco to acid to downtempo.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
On 75.

On

by Imperial Teen
April 9, 2002
This is the third album for the San Francisco band featuring drummer Lynn Perko and former Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Steal This Album 76.

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
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground 77.

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
October Road 78.

October Road

by James Taylor
August 13, 2002
The 54-year-old singer-songwriter returns with his first album of new material since 1997's Grammy-winning 'Hourglass.' Russ Titleman produces.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.8
Happyness 79.

Happyness

by The Aluminum Group
October 15, 2002
The Chicago indie band's fifth album is the first in a planned trilogy, and features a bit more electronics than previous outings. Members of Tortoise guest on the album, as does Rebecca Gates from the Spinanes.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
More Than A Woman 80.

More Than A Woman

by Toni Braxton
November 19, 2002
The R&B singer returns with a follow-up to 2000's 'The Heat' which sees her moving in more of a hip-hop direction, with production help from hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Irv Gotti and the Neptunes.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Release 81.

Release

by Pet Shop Boys
April 23, 2002
The Boys' eighth studio release features features Johnny Marr on guitar.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Electric Sweat 82.

Electric Sweat

by Mooney Suzuki
April 9, 2002
Although the 20-something New York City rockers have the names of two former Can vocalists in their moniker, their sound is more frequently compared to the MC5. 'Electric Sweat,' their second album, attracted a good deal of attention for the band from music publications in the U.S., drawing the now-mandatory Strokes comparisons.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Have You Fed the Fish? 83.

Have You Fed the Fish?

by Badly Drawn Boy
November 5, 2002
After wowing music critics and winning Britain's Mercury Music Prize for his 2000 debut album, 'The Hour of Bewilderbeast,' Damon Gough (who is the one and only member of Badly Drawn Boy) took a bit of time off, recording only the soundtrack for 'About A Boy' in the interim. He now returns with a proper follow-up, preceded by single "You Were Right."
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Creatures 84.

Creatures

by Elf Power
May 7, 2002
This is the fifth LP for the Athens, GA-based indie-pop band (part of the Elephant 6 collective) fronted by Andrew Rieger and Laura Carter.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top 85.

They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top

by Liars
August 20, 2002
This debut LP from the experimental punk outfit from Brooklyn known for their strong live sets features lengthy song titles and an even lengthier closing track (clocking in at over half an hour).
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
Brainwashed 86.

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
Frantic 87.

Frantic

by Bryan Ferry
May 21, 2002
Fresh off the Roxy Music reunion tour, Bryan Ferry resumes his solo career with this 13-track effort, a mix of Ferry originals and covers (including two Dylan tracks). Ferry has actually been working on this album for parts of the last eight (!) years, and it includes contributions from former Roxy Music partner/nemesis Brian Eno, the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, and Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Scarlet's Walk 88.

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
God Loves Ugly 89.

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
Trust 90.

Trust

by Low
September 24, 2002
The Duluth, MN indie band, known for their slow, sparse sound and vocal harmonies of husband and wife guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker, scored their biggest critical success yet with 2001's 'Things We Lost In The Fire.' This follow-up features 13 new songs (many of which have been debuted live on recent tours) mixed by Tschad Blake.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
Light & Magic 91.

Light & Magic

by Ladytron
September 17, 2002
The cosmopolitan electroclash foursome returns with a follow-up to their well-received 2001 debut, '604.'
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss 92.

Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss

by Snoop Dogg
November 26, 2002
Snoop's sixth LP features production work from The Neptunes and DJ Premier (among others), with guest appearances by Redman, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Jay-Z, and Ludacris.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.1
Start Breaking My Heart 93.

Start Breaking My Heart

by Caribou
November 12, 2002
Manitoba consists entirely of Toronto's Dan Snaith (yes, we are aware that Toronto isn't actually in Manitoba), and this is his debut album. [This release was originally credited under the name Manitoba before being re-released under the name Caribou after the name change]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.9
Free All Angels 94.

Free All Angels

by Ash
June 25, 2002
This is the third album for the Irish indie-punk quartet, and takes a less harsh, more pop approach than their poorly-received 1998 sophomore effort 'Nu-Clear Sounds.'
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.0
Ralph Stanley 95.

Ralph Stanley

by Ralph Stanley
June 11, 2002
One of many musicians to benefit from the unexpected success of the 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' soundtrack, 75-year-old bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley reunites with producer T Bone Burnett for this 12-track effort.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Romantica 96.

Romantica

by Luna
April 23, 2002
Luna's sixth studio album is their first on new label Jetset, and also their first (aside from Luna Live!) to feature Brita Phillips on bass (replacing Justin Harwood, and leaving Dean Wareham as the sole founding member remaining). The all-star production team of Gene Holder and Dave Fridmann were behind the boards for these 12 new tracks.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.9
Loud Like Nature 97.

Loud Like Nature

by Add N to (X)
October 29, 2002
The London-based electronica outfit, known for their vintage analogue equipment and propulsive (and destructive) live shows, return with their fifth full-length.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
Power In Numbers 98.

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
Aldhils Arboretum 99.

Aldhils Arboretum

by Of Montreal
September 24, 2002
Prone to making concept albums, the Athens, GA band led by Kevin Barnes returns with a more conventional offering for this, their fifth LP.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.1
Torino 100.

Torino

by Cinerama
July 2, 2002
Basically a continuation of The Wedding Present (but with a broader, more "cinematic" sound), Cinerama features David Gedge and Simon Cleave from that band as well as Gedge's wife, Sally Murrell. Torino, the group's third studio album, was produced by Dare Mason and longtime collaborator Steve Albini, and features the UK hit single "Health And Efficiency."
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 90

    Optimisme - Songhoy Blues

    • Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
  2. 88

    The New OK - Drive-By Truckers

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
  3. 86

    Róisín Machine - Róisín Murphy

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
    • User Score: 9.3
  4. 86

    Silver Ladders - Mary Lattimore

    • Release Date: Oct 9, 2020
    • User Score: 9.6
  5. 84

    Long in the Tooth - The Budos Band

    • Release Date: Oct 9, 2020
Lowest of the Month
  1. 60

    You've Always Been Here - The Jaded Hearts Club

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
  2. 67

    Dark Hearts - Annie

    • Release Date: Oct 16, 2020
    • User Score: 9.8
  3. 70

    Under the Spell of Joy - Death Valley Girls

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
  4. 71

    The Album - BlackPink

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
    • User Score: 8.9
  5. 73

    Sad Hunk - Bahamas

    • Release Date: Oct 9, 2020