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2002 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Don't Call It a Comeback

    published December 24, 2002

    As several e-mailers have noted, I did indeed spend three months listening a lot more than I wrote. Here's where I start catching up. More >>

  • Re-make/Re-model

    published December 17, 2002

    In this heyday of the re-repackage, if you don't own Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' 1995 two-CD Anthology, skip everything in this annual... More >>

  • Hail Fellow Well Set

    published October 15, 2002

    Preemptive readers of article tags know that I have a temporary gig, which limits my writing if not my listening. I'm unreasonably pleased to note... More >>

  • Attack of the Chickenshits

    published September 17, 2002

    Extry, extry: "Nashville Ex-Junkie Makes Nice to Traitor, Is Picked On by Nashville Talk Show Host!" That's what I call dog bites man. And also... More >>

  • A Very Good Year

    published September 3, 2002

    Want to know why I do this, over and above it's a living? Because as of August 14 or so I thought it was a lousy year—until the grading... More >>

  • Striving for Ease

    published August 20, 2002

    Randy Travis is so much not an original that even his new traditionalism was a copy. Although many claim he saved country music from Urban... More >>

  • Their Time

    published August 13, 2002

    Forget talent, which is cheap no matter how many bands don't have it. Imperial Teen always projected like a party because they were excited. Gay... More >>

  • Home of the Brave

    published July 23, 2002

    Insofar as it uses electric instruments or horns, all African popular music is, to use the strange Orientalist term, Westernized. Afrobeat,... More >>

  • Spreading the Net

    published July 9, 2002

    When the pickings get thin, roam. Find below old music from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Colombia, and Brazil. Three of these albums are imports, the... More >>

  • Effective but Defective

    published July 2, 2002

    Tom Waits, who has just become the first major artist to release two new albums simultaneously since Bruce Springsteen back in mesozoic 1992, is a... More >>

  • Down and Alt

    published June 11, 2002

    Duty impels me to note that one of the alt-rock albums selected below retains a major-label connection—as does the alt-rock album toward the... More >>

  • White American

    published June 4, 2002

    The Eminem song of the year is now and will forever remain the Pet Shop Boys' "The Night I Fell in Love," where a certainly fictional, probably... More >>

  • Nothing Major

    published May 14, 2002

    I leave it to Consumer Guide scholars more diligent than I to ascertain whether any previous edition has been totally devoid of major-label... More >>

  • Planet Rock

    published May 7, 2002

    Paradoxically, or maybe not, hip-hop is at once the fastest spreading and most local pop music in the world. The media-saturated, electronically... More >>

  • Music

    published April 16, 2002

    Several protopunks and many reggae collections are scattered below, the reggae representing a long investigation that left such eminences as U-Roy... More >>

  • Ramone

    published April 2, 2002

    I remember the early releases as hand-written, but on the one in my files only the gig dates are, in large, legible script: "Appearing at... More >>

  • Room for the Occasion

    published March 19, 2002

    Musically, benefit compilations are doomed at conception. Up against the same triple threat as every other collection of new material by multiple... More >>

  • 2001 Gets Better

    published March 5, 2002

    Ryan Adams got 80 Pazz & Jop mentions, Amy Allison one. So I investigated in that order. If I hadn't, the Dean's List would have been one album... More >>

  • Teach Yourself Fugging

    published February 19, 2002

    The thing you have to accept about the Fugs is that they'll never sound as good as you hope. You assume the Lower East Side's first true... More >>

  • Throw Your Hands in the Air

    published January 29, 2002

    Pazz & Jop handicappers often look to this prepoll CG for clues to previously ungraded finishers, and a few do sneak in below. Mostly, however,... More >>

  • Popstakes

    published January 8, 2002

    Insofar as popular music improves when something is "at stake," to cite the existentialist cliché, it was structurally foreordained that in... More >>

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