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Top Ten 2000

The Year in News 1. We Have a Winner?Our annual listing of all that's most fit to print is usually an exercise in... | By Michael Anft

All the News Not Fit to Print The Year in Non-News

The Year in Film Science-fiction author Theodore Sturgeon once fashioned a maxim about the genre that came to be... | By Ian Grey

10 Best Films: Ian Grey 1Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, United States) Four very different souls go to Consumer... | By Ian Grey

10 Best Films: Heather Joslyn 1Chicken Run (Peter Lord and Nick Park, United Kingdom/United States)* A thrilling, inspirational... | By Heather Joslyn

10 Best Films: Luisa F. Ribiero 1Urbania (Jon Shear, United States) This kinetic, provocative tale of a catastrophic day in the... | By Luisa F. Ribeiro

The 10 Most Annoying Things About Music in 2000 . . . 1Lists As a dyed-in-the-wool, former-record-store-clerk music geek, I love a good list as much as... | By Lee Gardner

. . . and the 10 Best 1D'Angelo, Voodoo (Virgin) Sure, better songs would have been nice. | By Lee Gardner

10 Best Albums: Rjyan Kidwell 1Outkast, Stankonia (Arista/LaFace) Outkast knows precisely when to throw you a curve ball and when... | By Rjyan Kidwell

10 Best Albums: Daniel Piotrowski 1Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica (Epic) Although it is by no means a departure for the... | By Daniel Piotrowski

10 Best Albums: Vincent Williams 1Jill Scott, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. | By Vincent Williams

10 Best Albums: John Lewis 1Otha Turner and the Afrossippi Allstars, From Senegal To Senatobia (Birdman) A trio of African... | By John Lewis


The Year in Books Like many wannabe serious writers, I've long felt the need to visit Paris. | By Eileen Murphy

10 Best Books: Michael Anft Plowing the Dark, by Richard Powers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Split between the heady digital… | By Michael Anft

10 Best Books: Mahinder Kingra 1Tulipomania, by Mike Dash (Crown) An elegant and entertaining work of popular history that... | By Mahinder Kingra

10 Best Books: Eileen Murphy 1The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) Atwood hasn't abandoned her... | By Eileen Murphy

The Year in Theater FIVE SCRIBES, 10 SHOWS-- CITY PAPER THEATER CRITICS MICHAEL ANFT, ANNA DITKOFF, MIKE GIULIANO,... | By Michael Anft, Anna Ditkoff, Mike Giuliano, Brennen Jensen and Jack Purdy

The Year in Art 1Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930, Walters Art Museum There were... | By Mike Giuliano

10 Best Albums: John Lewis 1Otha Turner and the Afrossippi Allstars, From Senegal To Senatobia (Birdman) A trio of African drum... | By John Lewis

By Lee Gardner | Posted 12/20/2000

D'Angelo, Voodoo (Virgin) Sure, better songs would have been nice. But Voodoo is one of the most aurally seductive long playas made since Marvin Gaye's I Want You, and its best moments--funky, tactile, wracked with soul--are better than anything else this year.

Bebel Gilberto, Tanto Tempo (Six Degrees) A bossa nova legend's daughter goes clubbing and brings some producer friends (Suba, Amon Tobin, Thievery Corporation) back to her dad's place. They spend the next afternoon strumming his old guitar and, sobering up, realize they're on to something graceful, subtle, and right up to date. At least that's how I imagine it.

Outkast, Stankonia (Arista/LaFace) P-Funk reincarnates several thousand miles to the South. Even more amazing than the chameleonic production is the way Dre and Big Boi explode almost every cheesy Dirty South cliché from the inside, and knock out a half-dozen singles in the process.

Raymond Scott, Manhattan Research, Inc. (Basta) Bandleader and composer Raymond Scott spent the '60s creating out-of-this-world electronic music for profit and his own curiosity. This elaborately packaged two-disc collects a trove of rare and previously unreleased Scott jingles and experiments; cracking it open is like finding a working jet pack in your grandma's garage.

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, Reflection Eternal (Priority/Rawkus) Pound for pound, Kweli is the heavyweight rhyme champion of the year.

Suba, São Paulo Confessions (Six Degrees) A Serb living in Brazil introduces house beats and electronic airs to samba grooves and bossa nova languor for a sweeping, atmospheric travelogue of his adopted hometown.

Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (Matador) Emo as made by married people in their late 30s. And yes, that means better songs.

Jill Scott, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (Epic/Hidden Beach) An around-the-way girl from Philly with a thing for poetry slams and hip-hop remakes Anita Baker's Rapture.

Mouse on Mars, Niun Niggung (Thrill Jockey) Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have always been among the warmest and fuzziest electronic knob-twisters. Here they add guitars, horns, strings, and an ever-more obvious sense of play and pop for another triumph of German engineering.

The Handsome Family, In the Air(Carrot Top) Brett and Rennie Sparks are obsessed with the poetic Gothic darkness of Appalachian music and the miserablism of drunken romance, but that doesn't begin to encompass the ground they cover on this odd but transcendent breakthrough disc. Here's a hint: The title makes it a concept record.

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