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(Honolulu Advertiser)   What are the 10 best music albums of 2003 (if there are actually that many)?   ( divider line
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2003-12-30 05:11:33 AM  
DumbGorilla - Muse are awesome. Big in the UK, get airplay on radio 1 which is unusual for something that aint boyband/"r&b" fodder. Absolution has been on repeat for weeks now. Still not bored. Stockholm Syndrome guitar is what i use to wake up on my 1 1/2 hr daily commute
2003-12-30 05:14:16 AM  
the argument was 2001....

way off.
2003-12-30 05:18:32 AM  
I only bought 3 CDs in 2003 (in order of preference):

White Stripes - Elephant
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Blur - Think Tank

It wasn't that I was otherwise downloading albums - there just hasn't been much worth listening to.
2003-12-30 05:19:15 AM  
oh yeah, and i'm waiting for the last elliot smith record to come out next year. it's a damn shame he stabbed himself in the heart. i would have like to put him on my list this year.

if teh fugazi record wasn't from 2003, replace it with "jane doe" by converge. that was released in 2002, but still on my list. insane! and the artwork is amazing. that's why all artists should do like hardcore/metal bands and pay attention to teh total package. sick artwork will make me buy a record. a sleeve with just a generic shot of the band/singer against a brick wall or the boring live shot with some thank-yous makes me want to save my money for food and steal it off the internet.

i'm right and you know it.
2003-12-30 05:20:38 AM  
i know i was off, i just can't find my sleeve. oh well.
2003-12-30 05:23:30 AM  
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
The White Stripes - Elephant
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around (wasn't this 2002?)
A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
The Best of R.E.M.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
Coldplay - Live
(most of the cd's and records I bought this year were older releases)
2003-12-30 05:25:49 AM  

no, you were right, "the man comes around" was this year.

is there a live coldplay CD? i didn't know that.
2003-12-30 05:27:55 AM  
People buy CDs (and DVDs)? Whoa, what century are you guys living in? ;)
2003-12-30 05:28:22 AM  
Deftones - Deftones
2003-12-30 05:29:05 AM  
oh, forgot coldplay, also good. will I get killed for liking dave matthews band also?
2003-12-30 05:29:27 AM  

ah, sorry to disagree with you but i bought Jane Doe and found it almost unlistenable. And I like melodic hardcore.

Agree about artwork etc. Packaging is the only way CD sales are going to survive - make it like it was back in the vinyl days, when records were objects of beauty in their own right.
2003-12-30 05:29:46 AM  
Did you not forget Rancids new CD? while it wasnt super great.. it was a good album.. fall back down is a fun song.. and i have to admit.. the new distillers album just owns completely.. no arguement.. and to anyone that cares.. X-ray spex put in a anthology album.. they rock majorly.
2003-12-30 05:30:49 AM  
I just got finished watching the DVD from the Coldplay - Live album. Pretty dang good.
2003-12-30 05:31:13 AM  
Like the Kings of Leon(southern rock is cool), White Stripes(some of it reminds me of Zeppelin), Radiohead, some of the Shins(kind of weird), Strokes weren't bad(too scene for me, overhyped), Outkast(very much so, some Mars Volta(waaaaay to prog), and that one Hot, Hot, Heat song wasn't bad, Bandages. Feh, most of the music was teh ghey(1st use of "teh ghey" by me).
2003-12-30 05:34:44 AM  
I'm been listening to Bossa Nova this year. Ono Lisa, Bebel Gilberto, Ana Caram and Stan Getz.
2003-12-30 05:34:55 AM  
I bought one cd this year.

Forget Cassettes - Instruments of Action.

Such a sweet, pretty voice and they rawk.

Thanks WOXY!
2003-12-30 05:35:13 AM  
Hands down, Bubba Sparxxx's Deliverance was my pick.
2003-12-30 05:35:37 AM  
I'm not sure if the Strokes are considered scene, but I love them. Then again, I'm near Compton, the capital of rap on the west coast lol
2003-12-30 05:36:44 AM  
I don't care what anybody says,

Bizkit - Results may vary
Linkin Park - Meteora
Barenaked Ladies - Everything to everyone (not their best, but any BNL is good)

Best albums of the year, call me shallow or uninformed/unenlitened, but I want something i can play all the way through and keep me in a good mood, and those discs rock! I hate the critically aclaimed music, darkness, white stripes, radiohead etc. it's all ok, but it's no where near as good as everyone is told. My opinion: they got one kick ass promotional dept, and that's about it.

re above: Dave matthews band is always good, the solo thing didn't really do it for me though.
2003-12-30 05:37:50 AM  
Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium (a truly amazing album, downloaded it, bought it the next day)

Tomahawk - Mit Gas (the genius of Mike Patton makes any album worth buying and automatically places it in the yearly topwhatever)
2003-12-30 05:39:26 AM  
metacritic also has some other top ten lists worth seeing, just to show how subjective music tastes can be:

2003-12-30 05:39:45 AM  
Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium (a truly amazing album, downloaded it, bought it the next day)

Tomahawk - Mit Gas (the genius of Mike Patton makes any album worth buying and automatically places it in the yearly topwhatever)

Now with extra sugar voting, mods please delete previous. Thanks and a happy New Year.
2003-12-30 05:42:07 AM  
Artist - Album

10) Strongbadia Symphony Orchestra - The System Is Down and Bubsy Sings Your Favourite Reggae Classics
9) Tha' Admiral - We Have Enemy Ships in Sector 3-7 (It's a Trap Remix)
8) Yellow Belly - Mustard on my Mind
7) Natalie Portman (f. The SbB Orchestra) - Hot Grits (fapfap)
6) D. nubian Kun - Kill Da' Kittens
5) Squirrel Nut Zippers - The Nut Ball Swing
4) JangoFett - Blood On The Walls
3) Wheaton & Walken - C-List Blues
2) Alizee - Je Me Rends!


1) Dynamite Monkey - Dyn-o-mite Monkey

2003-12-30 05:49:02 AM  
ok, well then how about rerout to remain by in flames?
2003-12-30 05:49:50 AM  
Rhollmer :

Did anyone buy an album in 2003? I know I didn't. Just on general principal. I won't support an industry that sues 12 year old girls.

I bought about 30 CD's during 2003, maybe 40 tops. I
couldn't care less about them suing a 12 year old.
2003-12-30 05:50:25 AM  
I dont think I've seen 'em yet on this list, so here goes:

Gordon Downie - Battle of the Nudes
RZA - Birth of a Prince

Oh yeah, and the Tenacious D DVD is hilarious. That is all.
2003-12-30 05:50:53 AM  

so you like linkin park and limp bizkit, but think radiohead is nothing more than marketing?

i love irony.
2003-12-30 05:52:53 AM  
"Going down East fo' some of dat Black stuff"
By Dubbya
2003-12-30 05:59:28 AM  
I liked that list till i think it was fountains of wayne. I saw jupiter sunrise live, they were bad. I went to see adison. addisonrocks with a dot and a com is their site. Dunno if fark cares bout linking. Very good by the way. I can't believe somebody else knows of melee. I'll put some of their unreleased stuff, can't tell you why it is, on my soulseek name, billsil. It's better than their official stuff. Don't know if it was this year, but norah jones is way good too. Plan on buying that when I'm at a record store someday. I've been meaning to get it for a few months now, haven't, but I'm just not very proactive bout stuff. Don't like shoppin either.
2003-12-30 06:10:26 AM  
Marilyn Manson - Golden Age of Grotesque
The Distillers - Coral Fang
Spineshank - Self Destructive Pattern

Bought a ton of others but none that were released this year.

Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast
Paradise Lost - Gothic and One Second
Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals.
The Distillers - The Distillers
Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
Static-X - Machine
Arch Enemy - Wages of Sin
Dope - Life

The only one I found a bit werid was One Second, sounds like Depeche Mode....I could go on all day about music....
2003-12-30 06:19:28 AM  
and I remember when white music dominated the charts. I must be getting old.
2003-12-30 06:21:24 AM  
Cosmic,thank you for being the first to mention The Darkness. I'm surprised it took so long.

Since this thread degraded into the cd's purchased in the 03 calender year, here are my horrible fundings of the RIAA:

The Darkness - Permission to Land
The Ramones - Loud, Fast Ramones
The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Soundtrack
Pure Funk
Soul Train Compilation
The Sugarhill Gang - Their Greatest Hits(or something)
Various Opera CD's that don't matter

I'm sure I bought more, but these are all that I remember, and my cds aren't with me atm. This was the year of WinMX for me.
2003-12-30 06:24:51 AM  
Misanthropic_Humanitarian -

Cool. You must have submitted that while I was previewing. Great to know that people somewhere in the world are appreciating Muse. Can't find anyone here in Canada... At least not near me.
2003-12-30 06:25:56 AM  

huh? i didn't mention the Darkness. It was ApocalypseDude.

Like 'em though. having said that, Gary Jules was the deserved winner in the Christmas Number One race.

Cosmic_Music, now with added TotalFark goodness. Hmmm... roomy...
2003-12-30 06:28:14 AM  
I believe I only got one CD this year.. "Repentance" by Esham. Pretty sweet CD.
2003-12-30 06:28:47 AM  
Barenaked Ladies - Everything to Everyone

And for those of you about to jump up and say "BNL is terrible, how can you listen to that tripe?", well... suck it. Steven Page has more talent in his pinky than 95% of the so called "artists" putting stuff out today.
2003-12-30 06:30:51 AM  
That and I did buy a lot of cds, you know, the ones that come in batches of 100 with shiney silver lables?
heh RIAA should have just bought stock in cd-r technology and left it at that.
2003-12-30 06:35:06 AM  
By far, Common Dream "Gravity". It's good synthpop without being all mooshy and whiny, and a good mix of bouncy and relaxed.
2003-12-30 06:35:38 AM  
#1-3 were DEAD ON.

Not bad.
2003-12-30 06:37:41 AM  
Boy in Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal was kind of fun too.
2003-12-30 06:38:11 AM  
Props to whoever bought The Notwist.

All I bought this year was a Gregorian Chants CD, Choral Moods, Debussy, Samuel Barber, and ummm... I think Rufus Wainright.
2003-12-30 07:01:48 AM  
No one's mentioned this band yet, so allow me my two cent's worth.
Mojave 3's "Spoon and Rafter" is my vote for album of the year. I've never heard such a gentle rock album ever. This one is great on headphones and the stereo. A real 'spacy' sound yet up close and intimate. The song-writing is clever, simple and the words thoughtful and introspective - but not too serious. It's well worth getting.

As an Aussie I have to also vote for Something For Kate's "The Official Fiction". This is another rock album. More rocking than Mojave 3 - definitely! Another 'simple' rockfeast - but with a dark edge. Introspective lyrics again and with that 'Australian' sound that so hard to define. You could do worse this year - much worse...
2003-12-30 07:04:00 AM  
I'm so glad to see Nelly Furtado's "Folklore" made the list!
It's better than any of us expected. If you don't love it then you just hate her because she's beautiful.
2003-12-30 07:04:18 AM  
Maybe it's the lack of new ideas. Perhaps it's the lack of interest from the mass media to promote new ideas that aren't profitable. Maybe my first statement was correct. Maybe it's a combination of the two.

I'm a musician, 43, and some of the kids around me call me "old" or a "dinosaur" or whatever I called my elders when I was a teen. But you know, I think I may be on to something.

Sure, the Beatles, Zeppelin and all the others of their ilk were great when I was a kid. But they were still playing off the ideas of the legendary souls that came up with the concept in the first place.

There are only twelve notes in an octave, with finite possibilities for musical results. Sure, there are no "wrong" notes, only poor choices. Seems we have to bust our chops to find anything different lately.

The more time that elapses, the more the "song pool" dilutes. Now and then a good song emerges (don't ask me when or what the last one was), and I hope I hear another one soon. Don't call me negative. Call me "disillusioned."

It's time we all dropped our illusions.
2003-12-30 07:04:35 AM  

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Buck 65's new album, TALKIN HONKY BLUES, definately one of the best this year.

Buy it, you'll thank me later. Kind of the talent of Eminem without the self-promotion mixed with Beck mixed with Tom Waits.
2003-12-30 07:17:34 AM  
I dunno about calling the White Stripes innovative, but they certainly do have a couple of catchy tunes out there, don't they?

I only bought one CD this year: The Orb's Cydonia. Maybe it actually was released in 2002, I'm not sure. It's awesome anyway.
2003-12-30 07:24:20 AM  
I think I deliberate got in the car and drove to various music distribution centers in town specifically to buy certain cds.

I remember getting there and the price being $18.95, and not feeling bad about downloading it.

Meanwhile, I lamented the fact that the industry is obviously trying to kill off the cd format for the DVD just to have an expensive medium to sell, instead of going back to PUSHING ACTUAL TALENTED *MUSICIANS* AND THEIR *MUSIC* at a price that is reasonable, thereby selling a magnitude more product and making more money.

But I resign myself to this corporate subversion and realize I've maybe bought my last *major label* cd....
2003-12-30 07:30:21 AM  
The darkness - Permission to land.

I can't believe that the article said that the darkness were overrated. If anything they'r eunderrated. I mean, what could possibly be better than watching a weird bloke in tight pants screaming "Get your hands off my woman motherfarker"?

I'll second muse's absolution. Now that truly is a great album.
2003-12-30 07:31:40 AM  
buck 65 is good stuff

if we're talking hiphop, my list would probably be something along the lines of

non-prophets - hope
aesop rock - bazooka tooth
atmosphere - seven travels
and everything put out by MF Doom and his alter egos
2003-12-30 07:34:36 AM  
My favorite - without a doubt - AUDIOSLAVE.
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