Music: Best of 2002

Steve Lafreniere


1. Paperecordings, Splinter 05 The best compilation yet from Manchester’s bewitching left-field deep-house label usefully narrows the distance between sex and thinking.

2. Linda Thompson, Fashionably Late After seventeen years, Linda Thompson appears from out of the mist to plunge in a few more daggers. One of the most beautiful voices on earth.

3. Royksopp, Melody A.M. Norway’s darlings cross Arling & Cameron with Sparks, but their lyrical heart belongs to Rod McKuen.

4. Would-be-goods, The Camera Loves Me A rerelease of the strangest art-rock album of the ’80s. Protégés of ultradandy producer Mike Alway, the preposterous WBGs sang about sex, languor, Cecil Beaton, and tequila over ocharinas and a Gary Glitter beat. A must-own.

5. Loraxx, Western Wear A real punisher from Chicago’s most disciplinary power trio. It absolutely kick-starts the opening scene of Rick Powell’s

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