A decade in music - 50 best albums of 2002

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In addition to our 100 Albums Of The Decade feature, we're revisiting the best albums of each individual year. And at Number 50 it's Liars, ‘They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top'. NME said at the time: "This is artsy art-core jittering in excelsis."

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49. Raging Speedhorn , ‘We Will Be Dead Tomorrow'. NME said: “Pretty fucking nasty.” Vote for your albums of the decade.

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48. The Electric Soft Parade, ‘Holes In The Wall'. NME said: “The English rock album of your dreams.”

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47. The Sights, ‘Got What We Want'. NME said: “An unexpected treat.”

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46. Bright Eyes, ‘Lifted: Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ears To The Ground'. NME said: “Beautifully packaged, rich in tearful poetry and lush instrumentation.”

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45. Gonzales, ‘Presidential Suite'. NME said: “An international treasure.”

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44. Ikara Colt, ‘Chat And Business'. NME said: "The sound of pure disgust pressed to vinyl.”

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43. Cornershop, ‘Handcream For A Generation'. NME said: “A bamboozling mix of French house, turntablism, Noel Gallagher-assisted psychedelia, vintage funk, roots reggae, Punjabi folk and horny-handed boogie.”

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42. Nada Surf, ‘Let Go'. NME said: “An emo-pop album that could skin Jimmy Eat World at 50 paces.”

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41. Ladytron, ‘Light And Magic'. NME said: “Despite their rigorous dress code, ‘Light And Magic’ was anything but uniform.”

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40. Wild Billy Childish & The Buff Medways , ‘Steady The Buffs'. NME said: “Its lo-fi Who-isms and scattershot social comment cemented his reputation as a national treasure.”

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39. The Breeders, ‘Title TK'. NME said: “These quiet, intimate songs fit Kim’s delicious vocals like a warm shawl over bare shoulders.”

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38. Jim O’ Rourke, ‘Insignificance'. NME said: “Good enough for Sonic Youth to take him on as their new guitarist, that’s how good.”

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37. Badly Drawn Boy, ‘About A Boy'. NME said: “Subtle Lennon-ish ballads and supple instrumentals abound.” See NME's 100 Albums Of The Decade.

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36. Brendan Benson, ‘Lapalco'. NME said: “12 perfect songs that catalogued boho life and love with effortless grace.”

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35. Wilco, ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'. NME said: ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' emerged, teaching America’s old dog some new tricks.”

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34. Death In Vegas, ‘Scorpio Rising'. NME said: "Light and beauty and absorbed everyone from Liam Gallagher to Hope Sandoval.”

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33. Low, ‘Trust'. NME said: "Unfailingly beautiful fare.”

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32. Radio 4, ‘Gotham!'. NME said: “Radio 4 chicken-danced their way to the front of the coolest party in town.”

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31. The Cooper Temple Cause, ‘See This Through And Leave'. NME said: “The electro-rock apocalypse you could dance to.”

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30. Primal Scream, ‘Evil Heat'. NME said: “A paranoid panorama of krautronic symphonics, garage-punk meltdown and electro-Kalashnikov attitood.”

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29. Ryan Adams, ‘Demolition'. NME said: “He managed to produce enough material for three albums, the best of which he put on here.”

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28. Idlewild, ‘The Remote Part'. NME said: “A giant leap out of the indie ghetto and into the rock aristocracy.”

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27. Hundred Reasons, ‘Ideas Above Our Station'. NME said: “Fizzled with the kind of grand ambitions that drive Middle Eastern dictators.”

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26. Oasis, ‘Heathen Chemistry'. NME said: “Oasis rule. Still.”

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25. Missy Elliott, ‘Under Construction'. NME said: “She proved that she could match ‘Get Ur Freak On’ any time she wanted.”

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24. The Von Bondies, ‘Lack Of Communication'. NME said: “Streets ahead of the slavishly retro nu-garage mob.”

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23. Jay-Z, ‘The Blueprint 2'. NME said: “Almost operatic in scope, it poured sultry soul, effervescent wordplay and narrow-deep beats into a hip-hop mould, then went ahead and broke the damn thing anyway.”

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22. Ms. Dynamite, ‘A Little Deeper'. NME said: “Beat for beat, as good an R&B album as was produced this year – on either side of the Atlantic.”

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21. Foo Fighters, ‘One By One'. NME said: “As you might expect, it rocks like a bastard.”

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20. Johnny Cash, ‘The Man Comes Around'. NME said: “Stark, brooding and relentless.”

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19. The Hives, ‘Your New Favourite Band'. NME said: “All the good bits from the Hives’ first albums fit onto this gobsmacking compilation.”

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18. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, ‘Behind The Music'. NME said: “A smorgasbord of powerchods, psychadelia and hairy retro-fetishism.”

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17. Boards Of Canada, ‘Geogaddi'. NME said: “23 tracks of eerie, dislocated ambient techno.”

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16. Beck, ‘Sea Change'. NME said: “The sound of a smartarse finally becoming a human being.”

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15. The Music, ‘The Music'. NME said: “They straddled the border of rock ‘n’ roll and dance music like no band had since The Stone Roses.”

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14. N.E.R.D., ‘In Search Of…'. NME said: “An armour-plated, somehow funky, rock beast that blended sex, psychedelia and a social conscience.”

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13. The Polyphonic Spree, ‘The Beginning Stages Of…'. NME said: “The year’s most bizarre and awesome record.”

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12. The Libertines, ‘Up The Bracket'. NME said: “Charming, simple and often fucking hilarious.”

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11. The Flaming Lips, ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots'. NME said: “It was as wondrous as being stuck for an hour in the bit where The Wizard Of Oz turns colour.”

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10. Interpol, ‘Turn On The Bright Lights'. NME said: “Interpol brought a welcome sophistication, and their debut album exemplified their poise.”

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9. The Datsuns, ‘The Datsuns'. NME said: “40 preternaturally exciting minutes.”

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8. Eminem, ‘The Eminem Show'. NME said: “An awesome showcase for his exemplary rhyming skills.”

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7. Doves, ‘The Last Broadcast'. NME said: “A staggering achievement that blasted them into the space-rock stratosphere where only Spiritualized had dared to soar before.”

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6. Queens Of The Stone Age, ‘Songs For The Deaf'. NME said: “A ferocious – yet surprisingly reflective – record that blazed with wit, mystery and intuition.”

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5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ‘BRMC'. NME said: “An essential missive from the margins.”

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4. The Coral, ‘The Coral'. NME said: “An eccentric voyage driven by its own fertile imagination.”

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3. The Streets, ‘Original Pirate Material'. NME said: “Mike Skinner is a poet of the inner-city, who sees beauty, comedy and pathos in polystyrene chip-trays.”

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2. The Vines, ‘Higly Evolved'. NME said: “One of the most melodic, complex and compelling [albums].”

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1. Coldplay, ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head'. NME said: “An album of depth, beauty, ambition and integrity.” See NME's 50 best albums of 2001 and 50 best albums of 2000.

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