That's Entertainment - Turning the bright lights on 2002

Time to turn the bright lights on 2002 for the third chapter of our tribute to the music of this decade Take Me Out To The Zeros . What were the albums and singles that impressed us the most in the only palindrome year of the 21st century?

InterpolThe most impressive album of the year came from yet another emerging band from New York City. After the excellent debut of The Strokes the previous year, it's time for Interpol to "Turn on the bright lights" and bring back the elegant dark sound of the early '80s. The influences from groups like Joy Division and The Smiths are obvious, as is the band's ability to weave them into their own sound and create music that feels just as inspired and timeless as  that of their heroes. Further evidence of the spectacular rise of the New York scene is given by the flood of exciting new bands emerging from the City that Never Sleeps - names that soon enough will leave, to a greater or lesser degree, their mark to the music of the '00s: LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Radio 4, Liars and of course Yeah Yeah Yeahs who release their explosive first EP.

American rock is doing extremely well outside of New York City too, proving the point that the worse that things are going socially and politically, the better is the music created in response. So we also have excellent albums from Queens Of The Stone Age, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Sleater-Kinney, Flaming Lips and Breeders. NY scene veterans Girls Against Boys and Sonic Youth also return with great records. From the UK, the albums that stand out the most come from '80s veterans Primal Scream (their second great release for this decade) and  Mike Skinner with his debut as The Streets. This impressive start of his career didn't have the progress we were hoping for and the same goes for Australians The Vines. The best hip-hop albums of the year are "Fantastic damage" by EL-P and "Phrenology" by The Roots.

Top 20 Albums
  1. Turn on the bright lights - INTERPOL
  2. Songs for the deaf - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
  3. Source tags and codes - ... AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD
  4. One beat - SLEATER-KINNEY
  5. Yoshimi battles the pink robots - THE FLAMING LIPS
  6. Evil heat - PRIMAL SCREAM
  7. Highly evolved - THE VINES
  8. Original pirate material - THE STREETS
  9. You can't fight what you can't see - GIRLS AGAINST BOYS
  10. Title TK - BREEDERS
  11. They threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top - LIARS
  12. Gotham! - RADIO 4
  13. Fantastic damage - EL-P
  14. Murray street - SONIC YOUTH
  15. Suicide invoice - HOT SNAKES
  16. Chat and business - IKARA COLT
  17. Good health - PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES
  19. Kill the moonlight - SPOON
  20. Walking with thee - CLINIC

Top 25 Tracks

  1. Hands around my throat - DEATH IN VEGAS
  2. Losing my edge - LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
  3. House of jealous lovers - THE RAPTURE
  4. Miss Lucifer - PRIMAL SCREAM
  6. Everywhere with helicopter - GUIDED BY VOICES
  7. Black rooster EP - THE KILLS
  8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP - YEAH YEAH YEAHS
  9. Speakers push the air - PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES
  10. Get free - THE VINES
  11. Fell in love with a girl - THE WHITE STRIPES
  12. Relative ways - ... AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD
  13. No one knows - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
  14. Sister surround - THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES 
  15. Do you realize?? - THE FLAMING LIPS
  16. Jonathon Fisk - SPOON
  17. We laugh indoors - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
  18. Dance to the underground - RADIO 4
  19. The seed (2.0) - THE ROOTS
  20. Let's push things forward - THE STREETS
  21. Attack of the ghost riders - THE RAVEONETTES
  22. Walking with thee - CLINIC
  24. Used for glue - RIVAL SCHOOLS
  25. All my life - FOO FIGHTERS

Song of the week : We wish a Happy Easter to everyone with one of the best songs of 2002, and of this decade as well, "PDA" by Interpol from "Turn on the bright lights":

Interpol - PDA
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