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#1 of 42 OFFLINE   Scott DeToffol

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Posted December 10 2003 - 08:56 AM

Here are my choices for the top albums of 2003. Actually, these are my favorite albums, not necessarily the best releases, in no particular order: Josh Rouse - 1972 Ryan Adams - Love is Hell Robinella & the CC String Band Kathleen Edwards - Failer Tim Easton - Break Your Mother's Heart Gillian Welch - Soul Journey Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music Scott Miller - Upside Downside Bonnie Prince Billy - Master and Everyone Warren Zevon - The Wind Emmylou Harris - Stumble Into Grace Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears Rosie Thomas - Only With Laughter Can You Win Steve Earle - Just An American Boy Drive-by Truckers - Decoration Day Honorable Mentions: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Greendale (brave concept album) Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (very talented, but not something I'd listen to often)

#2 of 42 OFFLINE   Peter Mazur

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Posted December 10 2003 - 09:15 AM

I will wait until after Christmas to do my complete list because I have a few cd's on my wish list. As of right now though my favorite so far is: Arena - Contagion Others I've liked are: Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea Jane's Addiction - Strays A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death

#3 of 42 OFFLINE   Tony Mirra

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Posted December 10 2003 - 09:36 AM

My Top 30 of the year. Great year for new artists for me. 1. Nina Nastasia - Run to Ruin 2. Matthew Sweet - Kimi ga suki 3. Frog Eyes - The Golden River 4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell 5. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow 6. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief 7. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 8. Xiu Xiu - A Promise 9. Bonnie Prince Billy - Master and Everyone 10. Sufjan Stevens - Greetings from Michigan 11. Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic 12. Super Furry Animals - Phantom Planet 13. Cat Power - You Are Free 14. Keren Ann - Not Going Anywhere 15. Beulah - Yoko 16. Tomahawk - Mit Gas 17. White Stripes - Elephant 18. The Books - Lemon of Pink 19. British Sea Power - The Decline of 20. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair... 21. Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People 22. Songs Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co. 23. the Decemberists - Her Majesty 24. Mu - Afro Fingers and Gel 25. The Fire Theft - s/t 26. Twine - s/t 27. Pernice Brothers - Yours Mine and Ours 28. Starlight Mints - Built on Squares 29. the Wrens - Meadowlands 30. Murder By Death - Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them

#4 of 42 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted December 10 2003 - 09:58 AM

Whoa, I haven't heard of three-quarters of these...where have I been?
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#5 of 42 OFFLINE   Mike Broadman

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Posted December 10 2003 - 09:59 AM

In no order, except the first one: 1. King Crimson- The Power To Believe A powerful set of bold, evil sounding music from my favorite band of all time. 2. Dream Theater- Train of Thought So heavy. So good. 3. Radiohead- Hail To the Thief A nice progression from the sometimes inspiring, sometimes boring experimentation of their previous two albums. 4. Dave Holland- Extended Play A nice long double live album from my favorite current jazz group. 5. Steely Dan- Two Against Nature The boys do it again. 6. OutKast- Speakerboxx/The Love Below Not as together (logistically and musically) as their earlier albums, but a lot of great material and finally gets then the mainstream acceptance they deserve. 7. Spock's Beard- Feel Euphoria Sans Neil Morse, but still rockin' 8. Warren Zevon- The Wind A 10/10 on the poignancy scale. 9. Van Morrisson- What's Wrong With This Picture? The only post-mid-70s Van album I have, but glad I got it.

#6 of 42 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted December 10 2003 - 10:03 AM

1. Elephant - the White Stripes 2. A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step 3. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow Those were the 3 major stand-outs for me this year.
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Posted December 10 2003 - 10:35 AM

Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" Steely Dan "Two Against Nature"
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#8 of 42 OFFLINE   Lee Scoggins

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Posted December 10 2003 - 10:38 AM

1. Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture?

2. Steely Dan - Everything Must Go

3. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Rainbow Body

4. Various - Four Generations of Miles

5. Ryan Adams - Rock N Roll

6. Eleanor McEvoy - Yola

Reissue mentions (tie)

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime

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#9 of 42 OFFLINE   Rob P S

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Posted December 10 2003 - 01:56 PM

Ryan Adams - Rock n Roll Steve Earle - Just an American Boy Paul Westerberg - Come Feel Me Tremble Grandpaboy - Dead Man Shake Cracker - Countrysides The Ataris - So Long, Astoria Eve 6 - It's All In Your Head Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music Josh Rouse - 1972 Chris Smither - Train Home Scott Miller & the Commonwealth - Upside Downside John Hiatt - Beneath This Gruff Exterior Pete Yorn - Day I Forgot Guster - Keep It Together

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Posted December 11 2003 - 05:16 AM

  • shine daniel lanois
  • want one rufus wainwright
  • stumble into grace emmylou harris
  • what's wrong with this picture van morrison
  • bach concertos hilary hahn, margaret batjer et al
  • face a face: duos for violin & cello renaud and gautier capucon
  • schubert: piano sonatas, D958, 959, 960 murray perahia
  • let it be...naked the beatles
  • the fine art of self destruction jessie malin


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Posted December 11 2003 - 01:40 PM

Wow! 2003 was a kickass year for music! I have really different tastes than most of you, so my list will reflect that. So, enjoy my picks for the top albums of 2003!

Top Metal/Nu-Metal/Hardcore albums:

1. Chimaira - The Impossibility of Reason
2. Spineshank - Self-Destructive Pattern
3. Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
4. Hatebreed - The Rise of Brutality
5. Blood Has Been Shed - Spirals
6. Mushroomhead - XIII
7. Metallica - St. Anger
8. Ill Nino - Confession
9. Superjoint Ritual - A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred
10. KoRn - Take A Look In The Mirror

Top Alternative Rock/Punk/Hard Rock/Pop-Punk albums:

1. AFI - Sing The Sorrow
2. Less Than Jake - Anthem
3. The Offspring - Splinter
4. Blink-182 - Blink-182
5. Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
6. Jet - Get Born
7. Alien Ant Farm - TruANT
8. Forces Of Evil - Friend Or FOE?
9. Gob - Foot In Mouth Disease
10. Cold - Year of the Spider

Special mentions for...
Outkast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance.

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2004 will be a big year with the new Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, downthesun, Slipknot, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, and hopefully Reel Big Fish and Meshuggah albums. Can't wait to see what else 2004 has in store! Posted Image
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Posted December 12 2003 - 04:19 AM

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#13 of 42 OFFLINE   David Lawson

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Posted December 12 2003 - 05:26 AM

Favorites, in no order: Fountains Of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers The New Pornographers - Electric Version Idlewild - The Remote Part The Dandy Warhols - Welcome To The Monkey House Stars - Heart The Pernice Brothers - Yours, Mine And Ours Stereophonics - You Gotta Go There To Come Back Identity crises, with mixed results: Guster - Keep It Together Wheat - Per Second, Per Second, Per Second...Every Second Jay Farrar - Terroir Blues Really need to hear more than the radio singles: South - With The Tides Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People The Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle Eisley - Laughing City EP, Marvelous Things EP
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#14 of 42 OFFLINE   Raine Linton

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Posted December 12 2003 - 06:28 AM

Ashok-The Electric Eyes of Man Redshift- Siren & Wild Navigator-Oceanic Empire In this order!

#15 of 42 OFFLINE   Marvin

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Posted December 12 2003 - 07:02 AM

I can't say that I bought a lot of CDs this year but I couldn't let this thread pass without putting in a mention for "The Well's on Fire" by (who else?) Procol Harum. In this order.

#16 of 42 OFFLINE   JasonK

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Posted December 12 2003 - 03:41 PM

Here's some of my favorite albums of the year: 1. King Geedorah - Take Me to Your Leader 2. Styles of Beyond - Megadef 3. Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain 4. Madlib - Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note 5. Prefuse 73 - Extinguished 6. Herbaliser - Herbal Blend 7. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/Love Below 8. Kid Koala - Some of My Best Friends are DJs 9. Jaylib - Champion Sound And I just today received a Pete Rock set and PBWolf/Charizma: Big Shots cd. Both of those could make their way into the list.
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#17 of 42 OFFLINE   Thomas_Berg

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Posted December 12 2003 - 05:30 PM

no particular order here... Dream Theater - Train of Thought Radiohead - Hail to the Thief Opeth - Damnation A Perfect Circle - 13th Step

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Posted December 13 2003 - 06:15 PM

A Perfect Circle- 13th Step

#19 of 42 OFFLINE   Nick White

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Posted December 13 2003 - 07:28 PM

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning The Postal Service - Give Up Cursive - The Ugly Organ Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
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#20 of 42 OFFLINE   Dave Bennett

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Posted December 14 2003 - 06:19 AM

Mike and Jordan,
I take it you meant Everything Must Go, as Two Against Nature was released in 2000 Posted Image
Everything Must Go is definately my favorite new release of the year. Though in reality most of the music I bought this year didn't come out this year (and alot of it not even in the past decade).
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