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Top 5: My favorite albums from 2002 by Barbecue Bros
August 21, 2009, 1:23 pm
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Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade.

After taking last week off, I look back to 2002.

1. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts) – A masterful, sprawling art-pop album from a collective comprised of members from several canadian art rock acts – including Do Make Say Think, Stars, Metric, Feist. It wasn’t my immediate favorite at the time, but it has only gotten better over the years.

2. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch) – This was my favorite album of 2002 at the time, and one that cemented Wilco as one of my favorite bands ever (probably my absolute favorite for 2002 and 2003). The mythology, the film I am Trying to Break Your Heart, the final contribution of Jay Bennett before he was fired, and the interesting use of The Conet Project tapes – all of these factors contributed to my infatuation with the band. Not to mention Jeff Tweedy in his finest songwriting form.

3. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador) – I first picked up the three-song EP on Matador that directly preceded Interpol‘s debut album, and knew that this was a band on which to keep an eye. And Turn on the Bright Lights didn’t disappoint, keeping two of the same songs from the EP (“NYC” and “PDA”) as well as the Joy Division-esque tendencies on other album highlights such as “Obstacle 1,” “Untitled,” and “Say Hello to the Angels.”

4. Mclusky – Do Dallas (Too Pure) – A monster of a noise rock album from the Welsh trio that kicks off with the huge “Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues,” full of vitriol and bluster, and doesn’t let up for 36 minutes. The band can thank producer Steve Albini for his raw production on the album as well as their Pixies and Jesus Lizard influences. “To Hell with Good Intentions” might sum up the band’s braggadocio on this album perfectly – “My band is better than your band / we’ve got more songs than a song convention.”

5. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight (Merge)Spoon threw a bit of a curve ball at us with Kill the Moonlight‘s sparse production after the lush pop of Girls Can Tell. The hooks are still there, just stripped down to their leanest form.

Others receiving votes: Clipse – Lord Willin’ (Star Trak/Arista), And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Source Tags and Codes (Interscope), Yume Bitsu – The Golden Vessyl of Sound (K), Glifted – s/t (Martians Go Home)


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