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1. Mew: Frengers

Mew: Frengers Danish indie kids' first international release. Comes across as an impressive cross-over between British indie rock and shoegazer. Noisy and delicate at the same time.

2. The Cardigans: Long Gone Before Daylight

The Cardigans: Long Gone Before Daylight It's a bit funny. Now that these Cardigans are far into their career and have peaked success-wise, they have put out their best album yet. This is where melodies, atmosphere and that soft pop touch come together in a touching cocktail.

3. The Dandy Warhols: Welcome To The Monkey House

The Dandy Warhols: Welcome To The Monkey House The fantastic attitude and arrogant swagger of the Warhols combined with a very slick and tight pop production makes for a brilliant and atmospherically stunning album.

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4. The Strokes: Room On Fire

The Strokes: Room On Fire Their debut was hailed as the saviour of decent rock music. This follow-up follows the same trail but does it just a little bit better. So this is the melodic noise-rock album of the year. Look at the swagger on these boys. Style AND substance!

5. Placebo: Sleeping With Ghosts

Placebo: Sleeping With Ghosts A great return to form for these masters of nervous and twisted Brit rock. There's just so much tension in these songs, sexual and emotional. This is where Suede should have gone...

6. Kelli Ali: Tigermouth

Kelli Ali: Tigermouth Solo debut album from former Sneaker Pimps singer. This is pop music with a distinctive positive and summerly yet indie-like feel and it's as clever and good as it gets.

7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Take Them On, On Your Own

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Take Them On, On Your Own They got the world's attention with their debut album. Now they've developed their noisy sound into something a bit less direct which requires a little more patience from the listener. It still rewards you big-time though...

8. Slow Train: Illegal Cargo

Slow Train: Illegal Cargo The coolest, funkiest and most chilled dance cocktail of the year. This Danish-English duo has created an album you want to listen and dance to at the same time.

9. Tosca: Dehli 9

Tosca: Dehli 9 This is where you go if you want to chill out in the year 2003. The big fat fingerprints of Kruder & Dorfmeister are on this package of great laid-back soundscapes.

10. Grandaddy: Sumday

Grandaddy: Sumday Laid-back mainstream rock deluxe. This is brilliant music for the frequent driver, pot head yuppie or just anyone who likes well-crafted rock music with an alternative twist. Guess that's what the beards are there for...

Albums that also made an impact:

Big Brovaz: Nu-flow
Lloyd Cole: Music In A Foreign Language
Paul Van Dyk: Reflections
Live: Birds Of Pray
John Mayer: Heavier Things
Liz Phair: Liz Phair
The Thrills: So Much For The City
Zwan: Mary Star Of The Sea

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