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Top 25 Albums Of 2003

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This Is Our Punk-Rock"" Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing
This Is Our Punk-Rock"" Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing
"Their weakest album, yet still album of the year! Efrim and his ever-increasing troupe come up with another masterpiece, this time with fractured, but powerful, vocals, plus the usual instruments."
Absolution
Absolution
"Not quite as good as Origin Of Symmetry, but still a superb album full of accessible, yet long-lasting melodies and rhythms. The precocious Bellamy's writing is more mature than before. Marvellous."
Systems/Layers
Systems/Layers
"It's been a long time coming but worth the wait. Full of beautiful gems, using viola, piano, keyboards, drums, bass + miscellaneous other things amazingly effectively. Their most consistent yet."
Die Hautfabrik
Die Hautfabrik
"Immense electronica, this bloated album is decadent and has some great moments. Hypnotic, menacing, off-kilter, solemn, and frenzied in turn."
She Has No Strings Apollo
She Has No Strings Apollo
"The fantastic Dirty Three, violin,guitar and drums combining to make a wonderful album. 'No Stranger Than That' is simply stunning, their best piece yet. Easily as good as the rest of their releases."
Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
"The consistency of Radiohead is impressive. This album sounds more like a collection of independent songs, but despite this, the obvious talent responsible for them ensures the album as a whole shines"
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
"Explosions In The Sky's third (yes third - How Strange,Innocence was their debut) sees them more contemplative than before, and this intelligent and elegant album is probably their best yet."
Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
"Their fourth album, and the Constellation band show no signs of slowing. 'Fredericia' is awesome, and 'Ontario Plates' is amazing."
Happy Songs For Happy People
Happy Songs For Happy People
"Personally I think this album is a bit weaker than some of their previous ones, however this still leaves room for it to be a very accomplished album, and it is certainly that."
Black Cherry
Black Cherry
"The raunchy Black Cherry is a complete departure from their ethereal debut. Seedy electro-pop is the bulk of this album, and the gorgeous title track is the highlight, the 'slow dance' of the album."
Skvettir Edik A Ref
Skvettir Edik A Ref
"Icelandic ambeint post-rock artist Stafrænn Hákon's debut overseas release is this elegant and masterful album. Vaguely reminiscent of a minimalist Sigur Rós."
Hold On Love
Hold On Love
"This third release from the duo is less saturnine than before, perhaps losing something in the process, but these delicate and wistful pop melodies are still delectable."
The Instinct
The Instinct
"Rock bands with female vocalists are pretty rare, but Denali are perhaps the best of them, and this album shows why. How they are not more popular bemuses me."
Sumday (Special Bonus Edition)
Sumday (Special Bonus Edition)
"Sumday has less melancholy than the masterpiece that was 'The Sophtware Slump', however its 'resigned optimism' approach produces some excellent pop-rock."
Frengers: Not Quite Friends But Not Quite Strangers
Frengers: Not Quite Friends But Not Quite Strangers
"The debut from the Danes is a very promising album. Although a bit weak in places, the hauntingly beautiful 'Symmetry' is contender for song of the year."
Dead Cities, Red Seas And Lost Ghosts
Dead Cities, Red Seas And Lost Ghosts
"They're French, named after a galaxy and produce an album which is a curious mix of electronica and post-rock. What more could you want?"
Bodysong (Greenwood)
Bodysong (Greenwood)
"The first member of Radiohead to do a solo album, and it is certainly interesting. Fairly avant-garde, rarely uses the guitar (his 'first' instrument), more knob-twiddling, jazz and dissonance."
If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True
If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True
"The cellist and percussionist are respectively from Silver Mt Zion and Godspeed, so are talented people, and it shows on the duo's charming debut. Sound is a little thin, but not always a bad thing."
Kick Up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose
Kick Up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose
"A more mature album than their still impressive debut, goes from all-out rock like 'Promises, Promises', to synthesiser-led epics such as 'Talking To A Brick Wall'."
Whale Rider
Whale Rider
"Lisa Gerrard's soundtrack to 'Whale Rider' is the embodiment of soothing calm. It isn't particularly riveting, but you wouldn't put this on to listen to it, just to hear it. Perfect for de-stressing."
Phantom Power
Phantom Power
"I'm rather disappointed with this album, weaker than Radiator or Rings,  but being the Super Furries, it's still way above average. 'Bleed Forever' is a highlight."
Telegraphs In Negative/Mouths Trapped In Static
Telegraphs In Negative/Mouths Trapped In Static
"Shut 13 members of the Montréal post-rock community in an old house for a week and the result is Set Fire To Flames. This follow-up is just as distorted, beautiful and sinister as before."
Effloresce
Effloresce
"A promising debut from Oceansize, a Mancunian band who I would compare to Muse perhaps. Ambitious, intelligent songs make up this competent album. They should be bigger than they are."
My Elixir, My Poison
My Elixir, My Poison
"More pretentious than any other band ever, M,BICR still have many,many moments of superb musicality, and even the angsty poetry sometimes seems quite tolerable. She has a sexy voice, after all."
Underworld
Underworld
"Adagio are equally as bombastic, but in a neo-classical prog metal way, drawing heavily from classical music, the vocals can be a bit grating, but there's no doubt Stephan Forté is a genius on guitar."