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January 2002

The Best In Music for 2001

Critics are currently going through the annual ritual of picking the top 10 albums of the year. These lists pop up everywhere but, amazingly, they usually contain 10 out of the same 15 albums. Critically, the most important list is the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop poll assembled under the watchful eye of Robert Christgau, the dean of rock critics. Pazz & Jop will be out in the February 15 issue of the Voice.

In putting together my list of the top 25 albums, I relied on those I'd been able to listen to a number of times over the last year. Sure it is subjective and there are omissions. For example, Bjork has been on my list in recent years, but this year I haven't heard her record. Also, September 11 had an impact on my list. I've found myself listening more to music that gives me comfort, and this tends to be music released prior to 2001.

I've included artists' web addresses where available, both so that you can learn more about their music and so you can buy the records. Remember: "Ripping off" Internet copies steals the work of the artists.


JUDY MAYHAN
See Here
Shayomi (limited edition)
A little Northern California label has reissued a lost treasure of a record released in 1971. Judy Mayhan recorded three major label albums in the late '60s and early '70s before she disappeared. Discovered first by Atlantic Record's Ahmed Ertegun, her exquisite voice brings forth, on this 1971 Decca recording produced by Nik Venet, recording gems written by the likes of Randy Newman, Lowell George, Fred Neil, and Dory Previn. But where her beautiful voice -- with an emotional range that arches from an angel's sweetness to the down and dirty sadness of a lost hobo -- really shines when she sings her own compositions. "See Here"and "Freest Fancy"are as sonically viable today as anything you might hear on any of the best Americana or triple A stations in the country today. A Heartfelt thank you to the folks at Shayomi Productions in Mendocino, California. www.judymayhan.com 

Here is the complete list of Jim Fouratt's Top 25 Albums of 2001

Record of the Year
MOREL
Queen of the Highway

In Alphabetical Order

ALICE RIPLEY
Shine On
Sh-k Boom

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS
Blue Angel
Durtro

AVALANCHES
Since I Left You
Sire/Modular

BINOCULAR
You
Maverick

BOB DYLAN
Love and Theft
Columbia

CINDY BULLENS
Baby I Want Your Love
Artemis

CORNEL WEST
Sketches of My Culture
Artemis

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL
So Impossible
Vagrant

GEOFF BERNER
Light Enough to Travel
Kolakovsky Music

GILLIAN WELCH
Time (The Revelation)
Acony

HOPE SANDOVAL & WARM INVENTIONS
Bavarian Fruit Bread
Rough Trade

JOHN MELLENCAMP
CuttinHeads
Columbia

JUDY MAYHAN
See Here
Shayomi (limited edition)

LE TIGRE
Bang Bang
Mr. Lady

LEONARD COHEN
Ten New Songs
Columbia

LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Essence
Lost Highway

NICK LOWE
The Convincer
Yep Roc Records

RODNEY CROWELL
I Wish It Would Rain
Sugar Hill

RYAN ADAMS
Gold
Lost Highway

SAUL WILLAMS
Amethyst Rock Star
Interscope

SPIRITUALIZED
Spiritualized
db/Arista

TIMELESS
The Hank Williams Tribute Album
Lost Highways

TOM MCRAE
Debut
db/Arista

YOKO ONO
Open Your Box
Mind Train



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