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12 December 2002 @ 09:52 am
Bp's Musical Picks of 2002  
Bp’s Top 20 of 2002: (*based on over 205 discs listened to)

1 – Rush – Vapor Trails / James Kinne – Between (tie)
2 – Josh Joplin Group – The Future That Was
3 – Our Lady Peace – Gravity
4 – Kasey Chambers – Barricades & Brickwalls
5 – Tragically Hip, The – In Violet Light
6 – Spock’s Beard – Snow
7 – Kreviazuk, Chantal – What If It All Means Something
8 – Stochansky, Andy – Five Star Motel
9 – Bonamassa, Joe – So, It’s Like That
10 – Sexsmith, Ron – Cobblestone Runway
11 – Counting Crows – Hard Candy
12 – Dishwalla – Opaline
13 – Benjamin Gate, The - Contact
14 – Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
15 – Greenwheel – Soma Holiday
16 – Chris Robinson – New Earth Mud
17 – Course of Nature – Superkala
18 – Burke, Solomon – Don’t Give Up On Me
19 – Springsteen, Bruce – The Rising
20 – Nelson, Willie – The Great Divide

Honorable Mention:
Bon Jovi – Bounce
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
Elms, The – Truth, Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll
Flaming Lips, The – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Harrison, George - Brainwashed
Mad At Gravity – Resonance
Silverchair - Diorama

Emerging Artists who almost made the big list:
Copley, Marc – Limited Lifetime Guarantee
Glover, Dana – Testimony
Highway 9 – What in Samhill?
LaRue – Reaching
Nicholls, Sheila – Wake
Peacock, Alice – s/t
Rubyhorse – Rise
Starsailor – Love Is Here

Live Albums/Compilations (limited to 1 per artist):
1 – Marillion – Anorak in the U.K.
2 – Iron Maiden – Rock in Rio
3 – Muppets, The – 25th Anniversary Collection
4 – McCartney, Paul – Back in the U.S.
5 – Samples, The – Anthology in Motion Vol. 1


Late-Bloomers in 2002 – the “I wish they were on my 2001 list” category:
Jo Davidson – Kiss Me There
Threshold - Hypothetical

Guilty Pleasures of 2002:
Kelly Clarkson’s voice
HammerFall – Crimson Thunder (Euro Prog-Metal)

Live Performances:
Large Venue
1 – Rush – July 12 – Mansfield, MA
2 – Rush – Nov 8 – Uncasville, CT
3 – Rush – June 29 – Scranton, PA
4 – Rush – June 28 – Hartford, CT

Small Venue
1 – James Kinne – March 9 – Cambridge, MA
2 – Jo Davidson – August 3 – Nassau, NY
3 – Josh Joplin – September – Saratoga Springs, NY
4 – Nickel Creek – April 6 – Albany, NY

Live Songs/Moments:
1 – “Natural Science” Rush – Nov 10 – Manchester, NH
2 – “I Am Not the Only Cowboy” Josh Joplin – Sept 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY
3 – “Bravado” Rush – June 29 – Scranton, PA (Neil & Carrie)
4 – “Last Time” James Kinne – November 1 – Oneonta, NY
5 – “Resist” Rush – June 28 – Hartford, CT
6 – “Ghost Town” – Jo Davidson – May 10 – Albany, NY
7 – “Reasons Why” – Nickel Creek – April 6 – Albany, NY
8 – “The Rhythm Method” Rush – June 28 – Hartford, CT

Album Art/Packaging:
1 – Spock’s Beard – Snow
2 – The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
3 – Rush – Vapor Trails
4 – Marillion – Anorak in the U.K.



2001 Re-cap

Best of 2001 (release date 2001*):

1- Marillion - Anoraknophobia
2- Melissa Etheridge - Skin
3- Matthew Good Band - Beautiful Midnight
4- Josh Joplin Group - Useful Music
5- Our Lady Peace - Spiritual Machines
6- Jann Arden - Blood Red Cherry
7- Remy Zero - The Golden Hum
8- Saga - House of Cards
9- The Calling - Camino Palmero
10- Live - V
11- The Verve Pipe - Underneath
12- John Wesley - Chasing Monsters
13- R.E.M. - Reveal
14- Jewel - This Way
15- Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
16- Shea Seger - The May Street Project
17- Treble Charger - Wide Awake Bored
18- *64 - You May Be Beautiful
19- Tantric - s/t
20- Dezery's Hammer - Immune

Almost made the cut (21-25):
John Mellencamp - Cuttin' Heads
The Black Crowes - Lions
Default - The Fallout
Creed - Weathered
Paul McCartney - Driving Rain

*Joe Bonamassa not eligible (original release by Sony in 2000) but would have placed top 10 if 2001 re-release was eligible
*Matthew Good Band & Jann Arden eligible through 2001 U.S. release (Canadian release in 2000)

2001 - List Compiled from over 160+ eligible CDs released in 2001