Best Music Albums - Year By
1. Mew: Frengers
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
||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
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
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
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
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
||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
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
||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
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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