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The Best Albums of 2003

J. W. Bassett
 
Want One
Want One
"Ambitious, grandiose, beautiful and fragile in equal measure.  The best of the year."
Elephant
Elephant
"As raw as rock albums get.  An unbelievably good rock album."
Room On Fire
Room On Fire
"It sounds like 'Is This It'.  This is a good thing."
Where Shall You Take Me?
Where Shall You Take Me?
"Simply put, one of the most haunting albums of all time.  Jurado back to his best."
Youth & Young Manhood
Youth & Young Manhood
"In a year of terrific debuts this was the best."
Wildwood Flower
Wildwood Flower
"A glorious celebration of June's immense talent.  She is greatly missed."
Fever To Tell
Fever To Tell
"Incendiary, tender and funky all at the same time."
Boy In Da Corner
Boy In Da Corner
"An incredible debut.  2004 may well be his year."
Master And Everyone
Master And Everyone
"Oldham's best album yet; which is saying something."
The Decline Of British Sea Power
The Decline Of British Sea Power
"Britain's most exciting band.  A must buy."
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
"The two best hip hop albums of the year."
Baby I'm Bored
Baby I'm Bored
"Where did this come from?  An amazing comeback record."
Rock N Roll
Rock N Roll
"Not Adams' best work in 2003, but still a brilliant album."
Bazooka Tooth
Bazooka Tooth
"Several Def Jux albums disappointed this year.  Not this one."
Echoes
Echoes
"Was it punk, techno, disco?  It didn't matter, a hugely enjoyable album."
It Still Moves
It Still Moves
"The best example of 'Americana' released in 2003."
Make Up the Breakdown
Make Up the Breakdown
"An astonishingly confident debut from such a young band."
Supper
Supper
"Bill Callahan does not make bad albums.  This is another example of why."
HOPE
HOPE
"A punk/hip hop masterpiece.  Utterly original."
Strays
Strays
"The masters came back to reclaim their throne.  A fantastic return."