In the third installment of our 100 Albums You Might Have Missed series we look back at the year 2002. Here are 10 great albums that fell below the mainstream rock radar and are more than deserving of some more air time.
Released: January, 2002
Although they only recorded two full length albums and were together for a little under 5 years this Kansas based emo band managed to churn out an LP that still sounds inspired 8 years later. The Anniversary’s second release Your Majesty showed they were not afraid to take chances and trust their instincts as they developed a more mature and intricate classic rock sound mixed with experimental harmonies and keyboards. Jam packed with plenty of solid rockers this album is distinct, ambitious and one not to be missed.
Released: February, 2002
The Raconteur turns in his finest work to date on this straight up power pop record that manages to stay original and fresh throughout. Benson sings about John Lennon and sounds like McCartney on this short and sweet disc full of good time pop tunes.
Released: March, 2002
The first studio album released by the prog-rock band Coheed & Cambria introduces their signature recipe of high-pitched vocals, intense riffing and a flair for the dramatic. The concept album is the second part of an epic five part space saga that covers all their studio albums created by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. It’s kinda’ weird, super adventurous and it definitely rocks.
Released: April, 2002
While most rock critics might not have missed this one, I won’t stop preaching this album until everyone I know has given it an honest listen. A near perfect record that pairs sonic experimentation with some absurdly wonderful song writing, all without alienating the casual listener.
Released: May, 2002
Most people say this album killed The Get Up Kids’ momentum gathered from their breakout record “Something To Write Home About”, leaving emotional rock artists like Dashboard Confessional to pick up where they left off. I however commend the band for “growing up” and evolving their sound into a more matured, mellower style full of solid riffs, layered elements and seasoned songwriting.
Released: June, 2002
While this album peaked at #1 on the UK Albums Chart (and was a shortlist nominee for the 02 Mercury Prize), the album (and band) are still fairly unknown here in the States. Full of atmospheric waves, pounding guitars and an uplifting take on melancholy themes, this album remains one of my personal all time favorites.
Released: July, 2002
This album hasn’t exactly flown under the indie press radar as it’s on most every critics’ best of 2002 list, yet it’s “strange and beautiful” nature still has a mysterious quality that has been missed by many rock fans. The album’s lead single “Do You Realize?” probably belongs in a museum but don’t let it keep you from the rest of the trippy unique splendor the rest of the album has to offer.
Released: October, 2002
Another indie press favorite of 2002, the debut release from NYC rock band Interpol was a slow-building success and remains the lesser known predecessor of their breakout 2004 album, Antics. Striking and haunting at the same time, the album is clearly dark but manages to cover the ominous emotional landscape with gut-wrenching moodiness, driving beats and and penetrating guitars.
Released: September, 2002
The fifth album by Swedish hard-rockers, The Hellacopters, showcases the band’s finely tuned vintage style of arena-rock meets metal with a power pop spin. Packed full of lighting fast guitars, pounding drums and melodic grooves, this record was their most successful in their Swedish homeland. It’s ideal for anyone looking to find a “classic” rock sound from a band not collecting social security checks.
Released: November, 2002
His first proper album since 1987′s hit Cloud Nine, and unfortunately the one he never got to hear. Released a year after his death, producer and fellow Wilbury Jeff Lynne teamed with George’s son Dhani to complete the album George worked on until his death. The album is full of the low-key, warm and humorous charm that fans of George have always treasured.