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Pazz & Jop 2002: Dean's List


  1. Mekons: OOOH! (Quarterstick) 14
  2. DJ Shadow: The Private Press (MCA) 14
  3. Orchestra Baobab: Specialist in All Styles (World Circuit/Nonesuch) 14
  4. Imperial Teen: On (Merge) 11
  5. Kimya Dawson: I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean (Rough Trade) 11
  6. Northern State: Hip Hop You Haven't Heard (Northern State) 8
  7. Cornershop: Handcream for a Generation (Beggars Banquet) 7
  8. The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious (Sire/Burning Heart/Epitaph) 7
  9. Youssou N'Dour: Nothing's in Vain (Coono du réér) (Nonesuch) 7
  10. Sleater-Kinney: One Beat (Kill Rock Stars) 7
  11. Spoon: Kill the Moonlight (Merge)
  12. Tom Zé: Jogos de Armar (Trama import '00)
  13. Transplants: Transplants (Transplants)
  14. The Mountain Goats: Tallahassee (4AD)
  15. Mr. Lif: I Phantom (Definitive Jux)
  16. Djelimady Tounkara: Sigui (Indigo)
  17. Oh-OK: The Complete Recordings (Collectors' Choice)
  18. Orchestra Baobab: Pirates Choice (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  19. Northern State: Dying in Stereo (Northern State)
  20. The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever (No Label import)
  21. Electric Highlife: Sessions From the Bokoor Studios (Naxos World)
  22. The Roots: Phrenology (MCA)
  23. The Music in My Head 2 (Stern's Africa)
  24. Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali: A Better Destiny (RealWorld '01)
  25. Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept (Maverick)
  26. Justin Timberlake: Justified (Jive)
  27. N.E.R.D.: In Search of . . . (Virgin)
  28. Warren Zevon: My Ride's Here (Artemis)
  29. Big Lazy: New Everything (Tasankee)
  30. Daniel Bedingfield: Gotta Get Thru This (Island)
  31. Rachid Taha: Live (Mondo Melodia)
  32. Roberto Rodriguez: El Danzón de Moises (Tzadik)
  33. Colombia (Putumayo World Music '01)
  34. Cash Money Records: Platinum Hits (Cash Money/Universal)
  35. Steinski: Nothing to Fear (Soul Ting)
  36. Luna: Close Cover Before Striking (Jetset)
  37. The Velvet Underground: Bootleg Series: Volume 1: The Quine Tapes (Polydor '01)
  38. Public Enemy: Revolverlution (Koch)
  39. Steve Earle: Jerusalem (E-Squared/Artemis)
  40. Buck 65: Square (WEA import)
  41. The Meat Purveyors: All Relationships Are Doomed to Fail (Bloodshot)
  42. The Donnas: Spend the Night (Atlantic)
  43. Patti Smith: Land (Arista)
  44. Rhett Miller: The Instigator (Elektra)
  45. Atmosphere: God Loves Ugly (Fat Beats)
  46. The History of Township Music (Wrass import)
  47. Africa Raps (Trikont import)
  48. Orchestra Super Mazembe: Giants of East Africa (Earthworks)
  49. Will Rigby: Paradoxaholic (Diesel Only)
  50. Red Hot + Riot (MCA)
  51. Fred Eaglesmith: Ralph's Last Show (Signature Sounds '01)
  52. Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment (Cartoon Network/Rhino)
  53. Tom Waits: Blood Money (Anti-)
  54. Eminem: The Eminem Show (Aftermath)
  55. Pretenders: Loose Screw (Artemis)
  56. The Streets: Original Pirate Material (Locked On/Vice)
  57. Andrew W.K.: I Get Wet (Island)
  58. Silkworm: Italian Platinum (Touch and Go)
  59. Pine Valley Cosmonauts: The Executioner's Last Songs (Bloodshot)
  60. The Breeders: Title TK (4AD/Elektra)
  61. Papa Noel & Papi Oviedo: Bana Congo (Tumi import)
  62. Wire: Read & Burn 01 (Pinkflag import)
  63. Badly Drawn Boy: Have You Fed the Fish? (Artist Direct)
  64. Youssou Ndour: Rewmi (Jololi import)
  65. Wide Right: Wide Right (Wide Right)
  66. Yohimbe Brothers: Front End Lifter (Ropeadope)
  67. Aesop Rock: Daylight EP (Def Jux)
  68. The Reputation: The Reputation (Initial)
  69. The Best of International Hip-Hop (Hip-O '00)
  70. The Bottle Rockets: Songs of Sahm (Bloodshot '01)
  71. MC Paul Barman: Paullelujah! (Coup d'Etat)
  72. South African Freedom Songs (Making Music import)
  73. Bhundu Boys: The Shed Sessions (Sadza import '01)
  74. Mr. Lif: Emergency Rations (Definitive Jux)
  75. Burnt Sugar: That Depends on What You Know: Fubractive: Since Antiquity Suite (Trugroid)
  76. Meshell Ndegeocello: Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape (Maverick)
  77. Hakim: Talakik (Mondo Melodia)
  78. Dan Bern: The Swastika E.P. (Messenger)
  79. Amy Allison: Sad Girl (Diesel Only '01)
  80. Pixies: Pixies (SpinArt)
  81. The Rough Guide to Raď (World Music Network import)
  82. The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirit of the Century (RealWorld '01)
  83. The Capricorns: In the Zone (Paroxysm)
  84. Wish You Were Here: Love Songs to New York (Village Voice)
  85. The Apples in Stereo: Velocity of Sound (SpinArt)
  86. Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage (Universal)
  87. John Forte: i, John (Transparent Music)
  88. Corey Harris: Downhome Sophisticate (Rounder)
  89. Issa Bagayogo: Timbuktu (Six Degrees)
  90. Kasey Chambers: Barricades & Brickwalls (Warner Bros.)
  91. Pretty Girls Make Graves: Good Health (Lookout)


  1. Mystikal: "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Up Against the Wall)" (Jive)
  2. Freelance Hellraiser: "Smells Like Booty" (n/a)
  3. Pet Shop Boys: "The Night I Fell in Love" (Sanctuary)
  4. Pink: "Don't Let Me Get Me" (Arista)
  5. Eminem: "My Dad's Gone Crazy" (Aftermath)
  6. OutKast: "The Whole World" (Arista)
  7. Tweet: "Oops (Oh My)" (The Goldmind, Inc./Elektra)
  8. Justin Timberlake: "Cry Me a River" (Jive)
  9. Yo La Tengo: "Nuclear War" (Matador)
  10. Bruce Springsteen: "The Rising" (Columbia)

Village Voice, Feb. 18, 2003

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