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The Best Music of 2002

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The Best Music of 2002

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The Best Music of 2002

The Best Music of 2002

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Putting this list together and hearing this music again was great fun. This year on All Songs Considered we featured more than 120 artists and listened to thousands of others. In the end, these are the ones that stuck with us. They're the songs that you listened to the most or that drew the most e-mail. Hearing them all together is a wonderful way to look back at the year.

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The Best Music of 2002

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

  • from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • by Wilco

Wilco's previous label refused to put out this album, saying it was too weird. Fortunately for fans, Nonesuch picked it up and released it April, 2002.

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Blue Horse

The Littlest Birds

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The Littlest Birds

  • from Blue Horse
  • by The Be Good Tanyas

The Be Good Tanyas put a fresh and surprising spin on classic Appalachian folk tunes. This song is one of their own.

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Come Away With Me

Don't Know Why

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Don't Know Why

  • from Come Away With Me
  • by Norah Jones

Though she's reluctant to talk about it, Norah Jones is the daughter of legendary sitarist, Ravi Shankar. Her sound, however, is all her own.

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Rabbit Songs

When I Was Drinking

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When I Was Drinking

  • from Rabbit Songs
  • by Hem

New York song writer Dan Messe put an ad in the paper for a singer and found "the most beautiful voice" he'd ever heard. Sally Ellyson sings here on Rabbit Songs, a gorgeous debut from the group, Hem.

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Hem

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[Untitled Track]

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Untitled, Track 4

  • from ( )
  • by Sigur Rós

No album name. No song titles. Complete gibberish for lyrics. But the music is so beautiful it'll take you to a place where none of that matters.

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Sigur Ros

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Pirates Choice

Ultrus Horas

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Ultrus Horas

  • from Pirate's Choice: The Legendary 1982 Session
  • by Orchestre Baobab

Orchestra Baobab first released this album on cassette in the early '80s. It was widely pirated by devout fans and is now available for the first time on CD.

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Pirates Choice
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Orchestra Baobab

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Waltz for Koop

Waltz for Koop

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Waltz for Koop

  • from Waltz for Koop
  • by Koop

Like smooth cocktail jazz, NPR music reviewer Michell Mercer calls Koop the "musical equivalent of anti-depressant light visors."

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Is a Woman

Autumn's Vicar

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Autumn's Vicar

  • from Is a Woman
  • by Lambchop

Lambchop are part of the Nashville music scene with a sound that veers from twangy country to ambient, alt/art rock.

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When I Was Cruel

When I Was Cruel

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When I Was Cruel

  • from When I Was Cruel
  • by Elvis Costello

After collaborating with other artists on a number of different projects, Elvis Costello returned in April, 2002 with this remarkable new solo release.

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When I Was Cruel
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Le Pas Du Chat Noir

Leila au Pays du Carrousel

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Leila au pays du carrousel (variation)

  • from Le Pas du Chat Noir
  • by Anouar Brahem

Anouar Brahem is a master oud player. It's a pear-shaped Arab lute which he strives to use as a lead instrument, though it's usually reserved for accompaniment.

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If It Was You

Monday, Monday, Monday

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Monday, Monday, Monday

  • from If It Was You
  • by Tegan and Sara

These 22 year old twin sisters from Canada are getting a lot of attention for this album. It's their second collection of great original pop.

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Heathen

Slow Burn

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Slow Burn

  • from Heathen
  • by David Bowie

David Bowie rejoins the producer of his Ziggy Stardust and Space Oddity albums for this new recording -- a mix of cover tunes and original work.

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Belmondo

Theme for a Film

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Theme For a Film

  • from Belmondo
  • by Japancakes

Japancakes like to take a theme and repeat it until you're lulled into a blisful, imaginary world where everything is warm and beautiful.

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Japan Cakes

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Sea Change

Lonesome Tears

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Lonesome Tears

  • from Sea Change
  • by Beck

On his eighth and latest release, Beck trades his sardonic wit for serious heartbreak.

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Left to His Own Devices

Very Friendly Lighthouse

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Very Friendly Lighthouses

  • from Left to His Own Devices
  • by Vic Chesnutt

One of the most loved and admired artists on the art/alt rock scene, Vic Chesnutt wrote, recorded, and mixed this CD by himself with a desktop computer.

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Cachaíto

Redencion

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Redencíon

  • from Cachaito
  • by Cachaito Lopez

Orlando Cachaíto López is from a dynasty of Cuban bassists best known for his work with the Buena Vista Social Club.

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