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1. Morcheeba: Charango

Quite simply one of the coolest and most delicious pop albums for at least a decade. Four albums in Morcheeba have reached a definite career high.

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2. Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head

No matter how hard they try, all the copyists fade when the true masters of melancholic rock music open their soundscapes to the world. I thought I'd lost interest in the genre. I was wrong.
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3. Red Hot Chili Peppers: By The Way

Like Morcheeba, here's a band who've made their best album ever. It took RHCP a long time to realise that it's okay to make a whole album with the great tunes they've always had a couple of on their previous albums.

4. Gabin: Gabin

Gabin: Gabin French artist Gabin delivers a unique and quite brilliant mix of lounge, chillout, pop and jazz. This is an album that will fit many occasions, from cocktail parties to late night relaxation.

5. The Goo Goo Dolls: Gutterflower

The Goo Goo Dolls: Gutterflower This album just overflows with melodic guitar anthems and is a clear proof that there is hope yet for music balancing between alternative rock and traditional American mainstream rock.

6. Kent: Vapen & Ammunition

Yet another Swedish album high on the album list. This is just an incredibly well-produced and melodically great-sounding rock album from Scandinavia's finest.

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7. Del Amitri: Can You Do Me Good?

Del Amitri no longer sell which can turn out to be a problem for them. Musically, they are as strong as ever with an album that really reveals itself after a few spins.

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8. Saint Etienne: Finisterre

Saint Etienne are back at what they do best: clever dance pop with an impeccable talent for songs that last and last.

9. Sheryl Crow: C'mon C'mon

On her fourth album, Crow is sounding very light with a clear focus on a more accessible production. There may be less edge than earlier but her songwriting is still top notch.
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10. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: BRMC

Noisy and dirty rock from San Francisco. The brilliant thing here is that it's all done with superior melodies to control the many layers of sound.


Albums that also made an impact:

Eminem: Eminem Show
Bryan Ferry: Frantic
David Gray: A New Day At Midnight
Luke: Luke
(Danish lounge pop)
Pet Shop Boys: Release
Suede: A New Morning
Robbie Williams: Escapology

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