About this time last year I wrote up some short reviews on one album released from each year for the past decade. I had so much fun with it that I’ve decided to do it again, except with three albums from each year (I seem to like overcommitting myself with these things). For these next 10 days. Here we go.
To say that 2002 was a huge year would be an understatement. Thrice, New Found Glory, Maroon 5, The Used and Taking Back Sunday all released amazing albums that shot some of these bands into the spotlight. But that same year, three other fantastic records flew in under the radar.
Iron and Wine: The Creek Drank The Cradle
This album is Sam Beam in his rawest state under the Iron and Wine moniker. It’s a quiet album, with gentle acoustic plucks, a banjo and a sweet southern tinged slide guitar all handled masterfully, swirling around Beam’s haunting songwriting and simple lyrics. It’s a little folky, a little country and a little roots.
Kevin Devine: Circle Gets The Square
This was our introduction to Devine’s tongue-in-cheek brand of acoustic pop that we’ve grown to love and expect. His debut was a bare bones production – Devine’s vocals and a single acoustic guitar. It was a simple start, but an incredibly powerful one.
Box Car Racer: Self-titled
I can’t praise this album enough. It’s definitely my personal favorite of the Blink-182 side projects (this one with Barker and DeLonge). Tracks like “There Is,” “And I,” “Letters To God,” “Cat Like Thief,” and for that matter, the rest of the album, make this worth your time. Plus, now that it’s been repressed on vinyl, it’s worth you’re money too.
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