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Pazz & Jop 2001: Dean's List


  1. Bob Dylan: "Love and Theft" (Columbia) 20
  2. The Moldy Peaches: The Moldy Peaches (Rough Trade/Sanctuary) 19
  3. Manu Chao: Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (Virgin) 12
  4. Tricky: Blowback (Hollywood) 10
  5. The Coup: Party Music (75 Ark) 9
  6. Orlando Cachaito Lopez: Cachaito (World Circuit/Nonesuch) 8
  7. Old 97's: Satellite Rides (Elektra) 7
  8. Atmosphere: Lucy Ford (Rhymesayers Entertainment) 5
  9. Pink: Missundaztood (Arista) 5
  10. Rachid Taha: Made in Medina (Mondo Melodia) 5
  11. Nils Petter Molvaer: Solid Ether (ECM)
  12. De La Soul: AOI: Bionix (Tommy Boy)
  13. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  14. Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life (Jetset)
  15. Tea in Marrakech (Stern's/Earthworks)
  16. Lucinda Williams: Essence (Lost Highway)
  17. Blink-182: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (MCA)
  18. Hakim: The Lion Roars--Live in America (Mondo Melodia)
  19. Buck 65: Man Overboard (Anticon)
  20. The New Pornographers: Mass Romantic (Mint '00)
  21. Baaba Maal: Missing You . . . Mi Yeewnii (Palm)
  22. Haiku d'Etat (Pure Hip Hop, Inc. '00)
  23. Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera (Soul Dump)
  24. Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and His Nigerian Soundmakers: Sound Time (Indigedisc)
  25. Leonard Cohen: Ten New Songs (Columbia)
  26. Samba Mapangala & Orchestra: Virunga Ujumbe (Stern's/Earthworks)
  27. Clem Snide: The Ghost of Fashion (Spinart)
  28. Highlife Allstars: Sankofa (Network Import)
  29. New Order: Get Ready (Reprise)
  30. Buddy Guy: Sweet Tea (Silvertone)
  31. The Rough Guide to the Music of Indonesia (World Music Network import)
  32. Ghostface Killah: Bulletproof Wallets (Epic)
  33. Lightning Bolt: Ride the Skies (Load)
  34. Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End (Ashmont)
  35. Taraf de Haïdouks: Band of Gypsies (Nonesuch)
  36. St. Lunatics: Free City (Universal)
  37. Select Cuts From Blood & Fire: Chapter Two (Select Cuts import)
  38. Kirsty MacColl: Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct)
  39. Shakira: Laundry Service (Epic)
  40. Babyface: Face 2 Face (Arista)
  41. Michael Jackson: Invincible (Epic)
  42. Maria Muldaur: Richland Woman Blues (Stony Plain import)
  43. The Strokes: Is This It (RCA)
  44. KMD: Bl-ck B-st-rds (Sub Verse)
  45. Le Tigre: Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr. Lady)
  46. Willie Nelson: Rainbow Connection (Island)
  47. Shaver: The Earth Rolls On (New West)
  48. Mush Filmstrip (Frame 1) (Shadow)
  49. Orchèstre Vévé: Vintage Verckys (Tetroafric import)
  50. Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor (J)
  51. The Handsome Family: Twilight (Carrot Top)
  52. Björk: Vespertine (Elektra)
  53. Jay-Z: The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella)
  54. Silkworm: Lifestyle (Touch and Go '00)
  55. Faudel: Baïda (Mondo Melodia)
  56. The Soul Brothers: The Rough Guide to the Soul Brothers (World Music Network import)
  57. Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards: Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards (Hellcat)
  58. The Rough Guide to Cuban Son (World Music Network import)
  59. Kékélé: Rumba Congo (Stern's Africa)
  60. The Rough Guide to Bhangra (World Music Network import '00)
  61. Aceyalone: Accepted Eclectic (Ground Control)
  62. Bang on a Can: Terry Riley: In C (Cantaloupe)
  63. Salsa Clasica (Music Club '00)
  64. Stephen Malkmus: Stephen Malkmus (Matador)
  65. The Sidewalks of New York (Winter and Winter import '99)
  66. Bang on a Can: Renegade Heaven (Cantaloupe)
  67. Aesop Rock: Labor Days (Def Jux)
  68. James Blood Ulmer: Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions (Label M)
  69. Bosavi (Smithsonian Folkways)
  70. Brun Campbell: Joplin's Disciple (Delmark)
  71. Basement Jaxx: Rooty (Astralwerks)
  72. Unsung Heroes: Unleashed (75 Ark '00)
  73. Rodney Crowell: The Houston Kid (Sugar Hill)
  74. Wadada Leo Smith/Thomas Mapfumo: Dreams and Secrets (Anonymous Web)
  75. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Blood on the Leaf: Opus No. 1 (Trugroid)
  76. City High: City High (Booga Basement/Interscope)


  1. The Clash: "Rock the Casbah" (Epic)
  2. M.O.P: "Ante Up" (Loud)
  3. The Moldy Peaches: "Jorge Regula" (Rough Trade/Sanctuary)
  4. Bob Dylan: "Po' Boy" (Columbia)
  5. Artful Dodger: "Re-Rewind" (V2)
  6. Rachid Taha: "Barra Barra" (Mondo Melodia)
  7. Manu Chao: "Merry Blues" (Virgin)
  8. Pink: "Get the Party Started" (Arista)
  9. Loudon Wainwright III: "White Winos" (Red House)
  10. St. Lunatics: "Midwest Swing" (Universal)
  11. Black Box Recorder: "The Facts of Life" (Jetset)
  12. Mary J. Blige: "PMS" (MCA)
  13. Bullfrog: "Reverse Psychology" (Ropeadope)
  14. Atmosphere: "Party for the Fight to Write" (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  15. The Moldy Peaches: "Who's Got the Crack" (Rough Trade/Sanctuary)
  16. Leonard Cohen: "In My Secret Life" (Columbia)
  17. Michael Jackson: "Unbreakable" (Epic)
  18. Aceyalone: "Rappers, Rappers, Rappers" (Ground Control)
  19. Saul Williams: "La La La" (American)
  20. Maxwell: "This Woman's Work" (Epic)

Village Voice, Feb. 12, 2002

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