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01.15.03 10:35 PM

the best music of 2002

In checking out some of the nods for the best music of 2002 this is what I came across. I will save my views for later, but some of my votes are on these lists. What are yours?

"The Top 10 Essential Albums of 2002," by Ken Gibbs, Africana.com, January 15, 2003:


  • God's Son, Nas (Sony/Columbia)
  • Electric Circus, Common (MCA)
  • Red Hot + Riot: Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti, Various Artists (Red Hot/MCA)
  • All I Have, Amerie (Columbia)
  • Instant Vintage, Raphael Saadiq (Universal)
  • Let It Rain, Tracy Chapman (Elektra/Asylum)
  • Nothing's In Vain, Youssou N'Dour (Nonesuch)
  • The Complete Sarah Vaughan Studio Sessions, Sarah Vaughan (Mosaic)
  • Justified, Justin Timberlake (Jive)
  • Headphone Masterpiece, Cody Chesnutt (Ready Set Go)

"Best Music Of 2002," by PopMatters Music Staff, PopMatters.com, December 31, 2002:
"Following several less than stellar musical years, 2002 shaped up to be the best year for new music since 1997. Hip-hop was vastly reinvigorated by ambitious and grand albums like Common's Electric Circus, Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow, and Talib Kweli's Quality. UK garage fulfilled its promise and went global with The Streets' Original Pirate Material and the rocketing stardom of North London's Ms. Dynamite. Rock 'n' roll was in very good health and surged ahead with Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot scoring major critical acclaim, Coldplay's massive A Rush of Blood to the Head, and the emergence of The Hives and The Vines. Alt-country reached new heights and touched the US national consciousness with Steve Earle's Jerusalem and Ryan Adams' continued artistic prolificness. Only dance and electronic music seemed to shine less brightly with few classic records this year. A great, banner year.— More...

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