Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 2003
By Zach Patterson Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010

As our Top Albums of the 2000′s progresses, we come to 2003. While 2002 featured some of the best albums of the decade, 2003 wasn’t quite as memorable, though there were some classics here in its own right, with M83, Mars Volta, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Wrens, Anthrax, and My Morning Jacket being my person favorites. But enough spoilers! Read on for the entire list…

Anthrax – We’ve Come For You All

Any new stuff from Anthrax has been rather sparse since Volume 8, as a full 5 years had passed since then. We’ve Come For You All, however, is a great return to form for the band after the poor Stomp 442 and uneven Volume 8. The band sounds as tight as it has in years, and it’s obvious right away in the blistering metal opener, “What Doesn’t Die”. Benante’s drumming is captivating and furious, Bush’s lyrics are seething, and the rest of the band sounds tight and heavy. While the album isn’t quite as badass metal as this (though there are quite a few other heavy highlights, such as “Nobody Knows Anything” and “W.C.F.Y.A.”), it’s still a great album that ranks up there among their best post-Belladonna work. It’s also hard to mention this album without the divisive single, “Safe Home”, a bit of a departure for Anthrax, as they focused more on melody to make a pretty radical rock ballad. It’s one of those songs that isn’t quite their style, but I keep coming back to it. The solos at the end are so damn catchy, it’s been on almost every workout mix I’ve ever made. The album also makes good use of guest appearances, as Dimebag Darrell guests on two songs, Roger Daltrey on “Taking The Music Back”, and even famed comic painter Alex Ross contributed the awesome cover. The album is sadly their last original work to date, as a reunion tour and several internal band issues have delayed anything new. Luckily, this is a solid and enjoyable rock-metal record the whole through that stands up with many of their finer releases. -Zach Patterson Recommended Tracks: What Doesn’t Die Safe Home (link) Taking The Music Back (link) Nobody Knows Anything (link)


Blood Brothers – Burn Piano

Why it’s on this list: “Bulimic rainbows vomit what?” “BURN, PIANO ISLAND, BURN!” screams the chorus to this album’s cacophonous yet undeniably catchy title track. The hell is that even supposed to mean, anyways? Whatever they were trying to say, The Blood Brothers were the greatest hardcore band of the last decade, and this album reminds me of why: despite it’s undeniably jagged edge, “Burn Piano Island, Burn” takes the hardcore aesthetic and throws buzzsaw guitars and pop sensibility together for one awesome mash-up. The singers always sound like they’re being burned alive and the guitars are all over the place- making http://spyappforcellphone.com/ it seem like this album is purely for those who appreciate the “noise” aesthetic at first blush. But this album’s catchy, powerful hooks and empty, meaningless sloganeering (“I know where the canaries and the crows go!”) will be stuck in your head for days, and the only option will be to listen enthusiastically while pumping your fist in the air at regular intervals and screaming the chorus to every track. It hasn’t left my head in seven years now, I’m sure it’ll still be there tomorrow. Not that I’m complaining, of course. - Matt Gburek Recommended Tracks: Burn Piano Island, Burn USA Nails (link)


Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People

Why it’s on this list: You Forgot It In People came right out of left field and easily became my favorite album of 2003. It was recommended to me by a couple of friends. I was amazed at how dense and melodic the music was. It’s no surprise to find that the viagra online no prior prescription band was a sort of super group comprised of many extremely talented musicians. It’s best thing out of Canada since Rush or Brian Adams (bad joke). Your Forgot It In People starts out with the grandiose “KC Accidental” which can’t be described any other way than a storm. The eye opens up just long enough to allow Kevin Drew to sing before the song comes full force and eventually die out. The morning after brings you the steady beat “Stars and Sons” which carries an irresistible clapping section that you can’t help but join along. Broken Social Scene’s best quality is their ability to contain a tight rhythm and infectious melody through so many instruments playing in a cacophony. “Almost Crimes” is just a beautiful mess of instruments that somehow pulls it together in it’s lo-fi sound and creates something cohesive. Leslie Feist soon joins in to sing “I told you we’d make it, on for another/I told you we’d make it, on for all night (Put on all our best)”. It’s a really powerful driving song. On the other end of the spectrum, BSS can play with beauty grace. “Anthems for Seventeen Year Old Girls” is drop dead gorgeous with a lazy banjo, violins and effects laced vocals. It’s a song that goes phone mobile spy out to any naive and confused high school girl with Feist singing “Bleaching your teeth, smiling flash, talking trash, under your breath.” You Forgot It In People is an instant classic and is probably one of the best of the decade. Its’ magic sucked many in and hopefully it will stand the test of time. It is my duty to make sure of that because it’s already on my non-existent kids’ “must listen to” list. - Matt Gulbrandsen Recommended Tracks: Almost Crimes Cause = Time (link) Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl (link) KC Accidental (link) Lover’s Spit (link)


Crime In Choir – The Hoop

Why it’s on this list: Crime In Choir is in a way an indie rock supergroup, featuring at varying points members from Hella, Legs On Earth, The Fucking Champs, The Advantage, At The Drive-In, and several other bands. Luckily the amalgamation of influences here resulted in the formation of a truly new band incorporating guitars, saxaphone, and analog synthesizers to create a progressive rock band with lots of jazz and dance influence. Their first album was a taste of what they could do, and The Hoop brings the main course. It’s a fully realized sound full of great songwriting, cialis 50mg rhythms, melodies, and overall just a great original sound. This album set the standard for their next two albums. At just over a half hour in length, The Hoop is short and sweet and never overstays its welcome. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Crime In Choir is the production value of their albums. There is very much a classic rock vibe, especially in does generic viagra work the drums. But most notably it’s a wonder how there are so many instruments going on at once. Thankfully Tim Green did some beautiful production work to give this album a thick but unmuddled sound. - Andrew Raub Recommended Tracks: Magnetotail The Hoop (link) (may or may not work) Where R R Umbrellas (link) Strong Beautiful Suspicious Horse (link)


Enslaved – Below The Lights

Why it’s on this list: This is the album where Enslaved really coupons for viagra went from being a straight up black metal band into a much more interesting band still rooted in black metal while approaching their songwriting from a much more diverse place. There are elements of psychedelic music, rock, and folk music that blend in really well with the black metal and the longer arrangements (the songs are between 5 Âœ and 9 minutes long) give the songs a chance to breathe without ever becoming stale. They also realized the potential of the keyboards on this album and used them tastefully, unlike a lot of other black metal bands of the time. Not only are the songs really strong on the album, I had a chance to see them live and they’re able to translate phone spy the songs masterfully live. I don’t recall the setlist in its entirety as it’s been a couple years since I’ve seen them, but I know they played “As Fire Swept Clean the Earth” and it was done masterfully and very epic. I know black metal is an acquired taste (especially when some of the lyrics are in another language), but Grutle Kjellson’s rasp is never too grating and he has a nice, strong clean singing voice when he does break it out. I highly recommend this album to fans of black metal that like it with extra elements. - Jason Vincion Recommended Tracks: As Fire Swept Clean the Earth Havenless (link) A Darker Place (link)


Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Why it’s on this list: Explosions in the Sky are not just another post rock band, they stand out by taking a different approach by doing exactly what their name says – they make fireworks with their music. The music will start off like the beginning of a 4th of July extravaganza and when the finale kicks in, you are floored and disapointed when it ends. Nonetheless, you will tell all your friends about the spectacle you just witnessed. That’s why this album is on the list. Earth starts out with a song called “First Breath After A Coma” and it could not be a more dead on accurate title. It starts in a dream like state with staccato picking and slowly moves toward the awakening. When it finally comes out of it’s dreamlike state and releases itself, it shows how happy it is to be alive. It’s a breathtaking scenario that no lyrics could ever convey. This is why EITS stands out from the rest of the pack. - Matt Gulbrandsen Recommended Tracks: First Breath After A Coma The Only Moment We Were Alone (link) Memorial (link)


Four Tet – Rounds

Why it’s on this list: There are times when I need to center myself. Rounds is my lodestone. Calming jams for the 21st century man, I feel. The album is a deconstructed magnet for beats, pulses and a general miasma of what establishes itself as simply – flow. “She Moves She” ticks and tacks with the ping of a dulcimer and the gentle tinkling of a child’s xylophone, but insistent drums gather all of the kids in a line and help them cross the street while chopping, spastic cuts of distortion assert themselves. “My Angel Rocks Back And Forth” uses the lull of an iron lung to create a pillow-softscape that strings dance across. Gems like “Unspoken” and “Slow Jam” are slotted at waypoints throughout the album, which is interspersed with spastic, fleeting moments of manic energy like “Spirit Fingers” and “Chia” that are oddly satisfying in their short-lived exuberance. Rounds is an intelligent, complex and rewarding release that never ceases to peel back the borders of my mind like a cerebral onion on every listen. - Mike Callahan Recommended Tracks: Hands My Angel Rocks Back And Forth (link) Unspoken (link) Slow Jam (link)


Khanate – Things Viral

Why it’s on this list: In the world of doom metal, there’s “slow” and then there’s “Khanate”. Rather than bombard the listener with overwhelming feedback, they may favor a cleaner production style but their assault on the listener is meticulous and deliberate: each note, each plodding drum beat, is positioned exactly in ways that will make the listener feel claustrophobic and uncomfortable. To listen to Khanate is to hear the soundtrack to being buried alive. It surrounds you at all times and never lets up until it consumes you completely. “Things Viral” is perhaps the most well-rounded showcase of their sludgy craft to date, featuring long songs that take you down into the depths of your greatest fears and then leave you for dead there. Invisible yet omnipresent, Khanate are perhaps best described from a lyric on the song “Dead”, as featured on this “Visible, awful, yet not seen.” For maximum effectiveness, play at high volume through a good pair of headphones, preferably in a darkened room. - Matt Gburek Recommended Tracks: Fields (Part 1) Fields (Part 2) (link) Dead (link)


M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

Why it’s on this list: I discovered M83 randomly on the filesharing service Soulseek. Intrigued by the band name, I snagged this album and, as is my habit, randomly loaded up a track, “Run Into Flowers”. Holy shit, what a sonic onslaught! It was of such electronic intensity that I had initially confused the band’s name with the type of explosive, the M80, as I went about asking my friends if they had ever heard of this band. “Run Into Flowers” is a particularly powerful song off the album, with myriad effects ensconced deep within layer upon layer of sound. About halfway through the track the melodic theme changes and a male voice emerges, murmuring “Give me peace and chemicals, I wanna run into” repeatedly, hypnotically. The emotional power of this song rang so true within me during that first listen that it left me stunned, and it wasn’t until several days later that I finally listened to the rest of the tracks. “0078h” is equally mesmerizing, this time with a spastic truncated female voice stitched together in odd intervals that weave a rhythmic fabric, once again supported with a host of electronics. Impossible to sing or hum along to, the listener has no choice but to simply immerse oneself in the soundwaves. M83s other albums have songs that evoke a similar effect, albeit of a lesser caliber, often leaving me to wonder whether my appreciation would be of the same quality had I not listened to “Run Into Flowers” first. Although I stumbled upon the album in 2005, it is easily one of the most important albums that I have ever listened to this decade. - Sherv Recommended Tracks: Run Into Flowers 0078h (link) America (link) Gone (link)


The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium

Why it’s on this list: It’s easy to forget in the years since De-Loused was released that this was truly a mindbottling album at the time. In the years since, The Mars Volta has gotten bigger, louder, more ambitious, more complex and ridiculous, and at times, much more abstract and tedious, which tends to obscure just how different this was at the time. Featuring Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta set out to be a much different project than their previous band. And while the Tremulant EP gave a taste of something different, De-Loused is almost like a catepillar breaking out of its cocoon to become a completely different creature. Cedric’s vocals don’t even sound like the same person from ATDI’s Relationship of Command in 2000. High pitched and wailing from the start of “Inertiatic ESP”, my first thought upon hearing this in 2003 was this was that fine-line walking of feminine and masculine that defined Robert Plant how to get a prescription for viagra during the height of Led Zeppelin. But more than the vocals, the music was completely different and alien. The entire album is rife with atmosphere (without the extended noise interlude tedium that went with their followup, Frances The Mute), which you can hear in such songs like the opener “Son Et Lumiere” and the phenomenal “Televators”, but more than anything, it’s also a modern prog album with sprinkles of several different genres. You can hear leftover bits of hardcore and punk here and there in many of the songs, along with blasts of rock, metal, latin, and jazz influence throughout. Many of the songs are characterized by furious and frenetic drumming and guitar work, quickly followed by a complete tempo change, so many of them sound rather spastic in nature at first. It’s kind of all over the place to be honest, and most of the time, that would be a bad thing, but the unpredictability of the album actually works to its advantage. It’s a consistently engaging album, and while most of the lyrics are nonsensical and mostly cool sounding ramblings (allegedly there’s an overarching story, but I mean, one look at “Cicatriz ESP” should tell you all you need to know about the lyrics), the album just consistently entertains, and they really hit a sweet spot with me when this came out. While some may think they are too pompous, indulgent, and full of themselves, and many others taking them as the next wave prog of a new generation, I don’t think either is really true (but perhaps both have inklings of truth). I do, however, think this is one of the best albums of 2003, and still remains their best and most coherent release. - Zach Patterson Recommended Tracks: Drunkship of Lanterns Televators (link) Cicatriz ESP (link) (short version) Inertiatic ESP (link)


Massive Attack – 100th Window

Why it’s on this list: If dreaming could be an album, it would be 100th Window. Not just every night dreams of fantasy, but the dark, delirious, twisted and forlorn dreams imagined in the deep corners of the mind. Think of the movie Dark City and you’ll get an idea. This album is a definite departure from the trip-hop of Massive Attack’s previous albums. Sure, the odd sounds still persist, and the album is undeniably downtempo, but gone are the samples of yore. The songs are airy, opaque and haunting. Sinead O’Connor lends her voice to some of the tracks, but the lyricisms of the album overall are just sort of…there. Nothing remarkable in that department. In effect, the vocals are just another instrument in the ambient soniscape. This isn’t really an album to sit down and enjoy on a sunny day, but maybe best reserved for those bouts of lifestyle vertigo, of dystopic feelings and unsettled thoughts. - Mike Callahan Recommended Tracks: Future Proof Everywhen (link) A Prayer For England (link) Antistar (link)


Mr. Pacman – Star Hustler

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Why it’s on this list: My friend Mig50 exposed me to this group of eclectic musicians that merge video game sound effect samples with standard electronica fare. Although I can’t claim to know much of the band on any level, I hold them in high esteem for the hilarious personal letter that arrived with my copy of this album. My enjoyment was further amplified as I heard effects from Altered Beast and Doom in the song “Lifeless”, an energetic and vengeful song that belongs on every workout playlist. Speaking of which, there’s also the bizarre “Paxercise” which oozes Jane Fonda aerobics steam mention of the “darkness”, as well as “The Ninja”, a song that stealthily builds up much like its namesake character, finally unraveling in a hilarious climax. When I heard it, “Star Hustler” was an album unlike any other by virtue of its tongue-in-cheek lyrics and varied musical style, supported by wavery vocals and catchy hooks. It has withstood the test of time, remaining a unique fixture amongst the other album releases in 2003, and every year it is guaranteed to emerge at least once again for a ceremonious playing of “Pacman Birthday”. - Sherv Recommended Tracks: Paxercise The Ninja Lifeless Pacman Power


My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves

Why it’s on this list: My Morning Jacket are part classic-rock revival band, part alt. country band, and part party band. Shedding the modestness of their previous albums, My Morning Jacket explodes with It Still Moves. The amount of energy on this album exceeds the previous albums combined. The guitar work is improved tremendously. The production is top notch. The infamous “Jim James reverb” sound is here in full force, giving the album a nice open feel. It’s a perfect album for drinking some brews outside on a nice summer night with your best buds playing horseshoes and other such shennanigans. Let’s run through some songs: On “Mahgeetah” and “Dancefloors” you can dance with your best gal. When “One Big Holiday” and “Run Thru” comes on crack open a fresh beer cialis or viagra and ready the air guitars. Despite what your pals might think, you better grab that lady of yours and rope her up for a slow dance during “I Will Sing You Songs” and “Rollin’ Back”. You’d better be ready for a hootenanny once “Easy Morning Rebel” comes on. And that’s just half the songs. But like I said, it covers a lot of ground. - Andrew Raub Recommended Tracks: One Big Holiday


Pretty Girls Make Graves – The New Romance

Why it’s on this list: While we spotlighted Good Health in the previous year, 2003 also saw the release of another great Pretty Girls Make Graves album, The New Romance. While Good Health was a slightly more raw album that fed off a more energetic and rock vibe, The New Romance is a masterful studio album that is more deliberate and planned. The result is a much more solid overall album that shows matured songwriting, lyrics, and musicianship. This is a tight album from start to finish that keeps me interested with good variety of songs that range from hard edged post-punk to more mellow indie stuff, but overall it’s a pretty rockin’ album, with highlights such as the title track, “Chemical, Chemical”, “All Medicated Geniuses”, and “Something Bigger, Something Brighter”. Andrea Zollo’s vocals sound amazing here; haunting at times, melodic at other times, and clever wordplay with the lyrics really makes her stand out (“This Is Out Emergency” is a good example). This and Good Health are their best releases, and you can’t go wrong with either one. - Zach Patterson Recommended Tracks: Chemical, Chemical All Medicated Geniuses (link) This Is Our Emergency (link) The New Romance


Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

Why it’s on this list: As odd of a change as Kid A and Amnesiac were, I think Hail To The Thief invoked similar sentiments in fans. At least it did for me. It’s much more of a return to the sound of OK Computer but it still has similarities to the two previous albums. The opening two songs spell out the dichotomy in spades. Overall Hail To The Thief has a much more organic feel than any of those three albums. It’s yet another unique album in Radiohead’s discography. Listening back on it now, it seems as if this album has been much more of an inspiration on my musical tastes and songwriting as I thought to give it credit for. - Andrew Raub Recommended Tracks: There There Go To Sleep (link)


Rancid – Indestructible

Why it’s on this list: Rancid is an incredibly talented band. They have always combined styles of music and different musical elements to blend each album differently. Indestructible is a perfect example of their ability to craft a variety of songs that, while sounding unique, fit together to make a complete album. The songwriting has always been one of the main vertebrae that holds up the back of Rancid. Except for … And Out Come the Wolves Tim Armstrong’s and Lars Frederiksen’s songwriting has never been better. Song topics range from standing up for what you believe in (Arrested in Shanghai), the death of a loved one (Otherside), unemployment (Back Up Against the Wall), drug overdose (Red Hot Moon), and the rock and roll lifestyle (Memphis). These are not revolutionary song topics, but the lyrics on Indestructible tell vivid stories. To compliment the lyrics Rancid uses their musical influences to offer a diverse range of songs. About half of the songs are hard hitting punk songs. They are fast and aggressive. The other half of the songs are highlighted by Rancid’s ska and reggae influences. The way the songs are arranged gives the listener almost an alternating blend of each song type. This makes Indestructible easy to listen to from start to finish without feeling the need to skip one song. - Charlie Goodrich Recommended Tracks: Red Hot Moon Fall Back Down (link) Otherside (link) Memphis (link)


Ulver – Svidd Neger

Why it’s on this list: Why it’s on this list: Ulver were on an absolute tear at this point in their career, as they were putting out some stellar minimalist electronic music up to this point, and while this album isn’t quite as electronic (it focuses more on the symphonic elements that appeared in Lyckantropen Themes), it still is rather minimalist in its approach. Along with Lyckantropen Themes, this album is the soundtrack for a Norwegian film called Svidd Neger. I haven’t seen this film either, but the reviews make it sound absolutely bizarre, which is interesting as the soundtrack that Ulver created is anything but. It’s approach is more minimalist classical and it does have a few quirky moments, but a lot of the soundtrack is very tasteful and artistic. There’s a rather diverse selection of instrumentation that helps shift the mood of the piece, and the album flows together as if it is all one piece of music. The movie itself is of normal length, so it would be interesting to see how the music was used in it. That said, Svidd Neger works absolutely fine on its own as either a soundtrack or an album in the same way that Lyckantropen Themes did. While Ulver are still putting out really good albums, this was their last peak album and it truly is a wonderful piece of music. - Jason Vincion Recommended Tracks: Somnam Wild Cat (link) Wheel of Conclusion (link)


Ween – Quebec

Why it’s on this list: Like any other Ween album, Quebec is a potpourri of musical oddities. Right off the bat Ween gives us a hard rocking Motörhead-like song in “It’s Gonna Be A Long Night” followed by the cooled down groovy “Zoloft”. The fun doesn’t stop there. From there on we have 90s radio rock, 60s psych-folk, straight up Ween goofiness, and so on… For all the goofiness and satire, the songs are written well and there are some impressive feats of musicianship. There’s nothing that really sets Quebec apart from other Ween albums but it’s just as solid http://essaybuyersclub.com/ as any other, and even harkens back to the vibe of some of the earlier albums. There may or may not be a defining theme on this album (like there was on The Mollusk and White Pepper) but I’d say “mental instability” is probably the best guess. The album is a schizophrenic run through of highs and lows and embraces the inner crazy that we all have. By the end you’ll be sailing Brown Bay to Chocolate Town. - Andrew Raub Recommended Tracks: Transdermal Celebration Chocolate Town (link) (w/ 100% more G.W. Bush)


The White Stripes – Elephant

Why it’s on this list: Trashy as all hell. Rather simple. Sounds like shit. All of these things describe Elephant. I’m still not sure I like this album, even almost a decade after it was released. I think it was recorded on a 4-track in Jack White’s mom’s basement or something, which is supposed to make you like it more. At least we don’t have to deal with the band’s whole early 2000s gimmicks like “are Jack and Meg White incestual band mates?” shtick anymore. Anyway, taken at face value this is a pretty good garage-y blues-y lo-fi album. I really like the track Ball & Biscuit. It plods along, is groovy as all get out, has a little hot fire in its belly, and is sassy as sweet molassey. Here the album hits its stride. But, I just don’t know about that front half of the album. It sounds a little plain to me. Like when my friends and I used to take a few guitars up into my parents’ garage and turn the gain and bass all the way up on our Crates and just swing ourselves around all wired up on Mountain Dew and make an awful racket. Maybe I was just melancholic in 2003 and I couldn’t get into the riot that was this album’s release, along with the general furor of The White Stripes hype. I do like Ball & Biscuit, though! I swear! - Mike Callahan Recommended Tracks: Ball & Biscuit Little Acorns (link) Hypnotize (link) It’s True That We Love One Another (link)


Wrens – Meadowlands

Why it’s on this list: The Wrens never got the recognition that they truly deserve. Meadowlands is the follow up to the excellent Secaucus and it shows a more refined and mature sound than its’ predecessor. It’s an album with raw emotion, not in the “emo” sense. Too indie for pop and just pop enough to have an ear for a hook, that old rickenbacher sound and vocal harmonizing is the heart of the album. Meadowlands comes highly recommended. It strums the chords of your heart, it rocks, and it never gets old. Every little nuance in the recording shines from the accordian in “She Sends Kisses” to the hidden organ in “Ex Girl Collection”. They have a 60′s rock sound for the year 2000 yet all of the great instrumentation is not the strongest quality of Meadowlands, it’s the power in its’ lyrics. They’ve summed up their career in one song – “This Boy Is Exhausted”. You can’t be more brutally honest than “cause I can’t write\what I know – it’s not worth writing\I can’t tell\a hit from hell\from one sing-along “. That’s something that can be appreciated by anyone who writes and plays music. The Wrens never quite caught their break but the fans they have are dedicated and supportive. I remember seeing them play TT The Bears in Boston and they put on a very memorable show, one of the best I’ve seen. They played almost 2 hours to a very small crowd but they put their hearts into it and we gave it back to them. It makes you wonder how you measure success in the music world. In my humble opinion, they succeed even if they all have day jobs because they’re making some of the best music out there that you’ve never heard. - Matt Gulbrandsen Recommended Tracks: Happy This Boy Is Exhausted (link) Hopeless (live) (link) Ex Girl Collection (link)


HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Opeth – Damnation – Ever think “Man. I love Opeth but sometimes I really wish they’d drop the whole death metal vocals and swedish heavy metal thing”? Well here you go. This is a wonderful, slow 70′s inspired prog album that leaves out the heavy stuff entirely, and it’s a great experiment that has turned out as one of their best and most intriguing albums. - Zach
Listen: “Windowpane” link
The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? – Matsu was supposed to write something for this but he didn’t. So just check out the link below and enjoy. - Zach
Listen: “Jellybones” link

3 Responses to “Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 2003”

  1. Charlie Goodrich Says:

    What I love about these lists is that each selection is album driven. Choices are not based around a few songs being great while the rest of the album flutters around. Seeing how the single is big in music right now and creating a solid album from start to finish has taken a backseat, these selections are all the better. Makes the respect factor go up even if I can’t stand some of the music. Well done all!

  2. jer Says:

    Great picks for 2003! Some stuff I love, some stuff I’ve never heard of, and some stuff I’ve really been meaning to listen to.

  3. Zach Patterson Says:

    mike’s writeup of the white stripes is the best.

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