Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2002

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2002

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48.

Tom Waits - Alice
May 7, 2002
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

48.

Tom Waits - Blood Money
May 7, 2002
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

46.

Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
April 30, 2002
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

44.

Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
October 14, 2002
Critic Score
68
2 reviews

42.

Beck - Sea Change
September 24, 2002
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

41.

Talib Kweli - Quality
November 19, 2002
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

40.

Derek Bailey - Ballads
April 0, 2002
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

39.

Kevin Drumm - Sheer Hellish Miasma
August 19, 2002
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

38.

Eminem - The Eminem Show
May 28, 2002
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

37.

Secret Machines - September 000
March 25, 2002
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

36.

DJ /rupture - Minesweeper Suite
January 1, 2002
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

35.

Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice
June 11, 2002
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

34.

Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again
November 20, 2001
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

33.

RJD2 - Deadringer
July 23, 2002
Critic Score
87
7 reviews

32.

Philip Jeck - Stoke
January 1, 2002
Critic Score
84
1 review

31.

Isis - Oceanic
September 16, 2002
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

30.

Mr. Lif - I Phantom
September 17, 2002
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

29.

Sigur Rós - ()
October 29, 2002
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

28.

Missy Elliott - Under Construction
November 12, 2002
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

26.

GZA - Legend of the Liquid Sword
December 10, 2002
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

25.

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

24.

mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
September 22, 2002
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

23.

Ekkehard Ehlers - Plays
October 17, 2002
Critic Score
89
2 reviews

22.

The Fire Show - Saint the Fire Show
July 16, 2002
Critic Score
89
2 reviews

21.

Wire - Read & Burn 01
June 25, 2002
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

21.

Wire - Read & Burn 02
October 1, 2002
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

20.

Hot Hot Heat - Make Up the Breakdown
October 8, 2002
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

19.

Deerhoof - Reveille
June 4, 2002
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

18.

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Critic Score
89
9 reviews

Given the fact that it does, eventually, manage to overcome the horrific-sounding concept of British hip-hop, it seems pretty reasonable to give it a recommendation. Bloody good show, I say.

17.

Fenn O'Berg - The Return of Fenn O'Berg
July 1, 2002
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

16.

Black Dice - Beaches and Canyons
January 1, 2002
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

15.

Enon - High Society
June 4, 2002
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

14.

Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
83
10 reviews

With One Beat, Sleater-Kinney have turned in an album that absolutely, positively OBLITERATES the gender card, an album so colossal that all prefixes to the label 'rock band' must be immediately discarded.

13.

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
October 21, 2002
Critic Score
94
2 reviews

11.

El-P - Fantastic Damage
May 14, 2002
Critic Score
92
7 reviews
No doubt, El-P has delivered both what we'd hoped for and what we need right now. This is his statement for these times, and it's one of the finest hip-hop records I've heard all year.

8.

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
February 19, 2002
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

7.

The Notwist - Neon Golden
January 14, 2002
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

6.

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

4.

The Books - Thought For Food
June 3, 2002
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

2.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Critic Score
92
13 reviews

Beneath the great story of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, there are all the tropes and symbols and coincidences of a little mythology; but under that is a fantastic rock record.

1.

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
August 22, 2002
Critic Score
87
10 reviews

Turn On the Bright Lights has been one of the most strikingly passionate records I've heard this year. That other people I've spoken with have the opportunity to experience it, and that they feel similarly about it, can only be a good thing.

Original Source: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5888-top-50-albums-of-2002/
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