Top Eleven Songs of 2002:
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The Promise Ring - Stop Playing Guitar
Moby - We Are All Made of Stars
Luna - Black Postcards
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
"Take off your band-aid 'cause I don't believe in touchdowns/I am trying to break your heart"
Some may say this should have been counted for 2001, but the major album release occurred for this Chicago-based group in 2002. Less like Uncle Tupelo, more like Radiohead. Unbelievable.
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
"Let them know you realize that life goes fast/It's hard to make the good things last/You realize the sun doesn't go down/It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round"
Seemingly invisible to almost everyone since She Don't Use Jelly, this Oklahoma City based-group created the best concept album in the past three decades.
Gomez - In Our Gun
You may recognize this Liverpool band's singer from the Phillips commercials a few years ago (where he covers The Beatles' It's Getting Better).
Paul Westerberg/Grandpa Boy - Stereo/Mono
"Coffee laughs at us every morning/We always laugh at the choices we made/And ask ourselves, 'how did it get so early?'/We're boring enormous"
Former frontman from The Replacements (and notable contributor to The Singles Soundtrack) returns with a Pseudonym, dual album ... one in stereo, the other in dynamic mono.
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
London-based band who've experienced more stateside success recently than Oasis and Travis combined. Follow-up to their Grammy winning debut is simple, yet pretty.
Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel
"Lyrics are a mystery, I've heard/Till you turn it down to 33 and 1/3/45."
English crooner has returned with style, sound, and punch. An unbelievable album and return to grace.
Clinic - Walking With Thee
Their second straight year in Cuckoo's Eleven, another Liverpool band that supported Radiohead in their European tour in 2001. Less of a garage sound than Internal Wrangler, but still with the same power.
The Promise Ring - Wood/Water
"If I had a dime for every time/I should stop playing guitar and put my head in a book/Then my head would be healthy and my guitar would be dusty/And that would save me from a bunch of bad songs."
Could have been THE Emo band. Unfortunately, they broke up before we got to hear more of them.
Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers
Dan Schleicher, I am rescinding my comments from last year. Rap is not stale, thanks to J5 and N.E.R.D. (Honorable Mention this year).
Beck - Sea Change
"There's too many people/You used to know/They've seen you coming/They've seen you go/Baby, you're a lost cause."
Beck stripped down from his Odelay and Midnight Vultures sounds ... acoustic and supreme.
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
"We have 200 couches where you can feel right/Sleep tonight."
If they mated: David Byrne and Johnny Marr. NY based band that evokes the former, along with Joy Division. You cannot go wrong with this album.
Doves - The Last Broadcast
N.E.R.D. - In Search of ...
Luna - Romantica