The Best Rock Albums of 2003

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  1. Supersilent: 6 (Rune Grammofon)
  2. Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark (Rough Trade)
  3. Xiu Xiu: A Promise (5RC)
  4. Cat Power: You Are Free (Matador)
  5. Menomena: I Am The Fun Blame Monster (Muuuhahaha)
  6. Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island Burn (ArtistDirect)
  7. Khanate: Things Viral (Southern Lord)
  8. Kopernik: Kopernik (Eastern Developments)
  9. M83: Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Mute)
  10. Microphones: Mount Eerie (K)
  11. Books: The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
  12. Manitoba: Up In Flames (Leaf)
  13. Ben Frost: Steel Wound (Room40)
  14. Mono: One Step More And You Die (Arena Rock)
  15. Need New Body: UFO (File 13)
  16. Animal Collective: Here Comes The Indian (Paw)
  17. Black Eyes: Black Eyes (Dischord)
  18. Czars: The Ugly People Vs The Beautiful People (Manifesto)
  19. Four Tet: Rounds (Domino)
  20. Six Organs Of Admittance: For Octavio Paz (Time-Lag)
  21. Li Jianhong: Talking Freely Before The Beginning (2pi)
  22. Colleen: Everyone Alive Wants Answers (Leaf)
  23. Rapture: Echoes (Universal)
  24. Dirty Projectors: The Glad Fact (Western Vinyl)
  25. Lorna: This Time Each Year (Hybrid Electric)
  26. Boxhead Ensemble: Quartets (Atavistic)
  27. Intelligent Shanghai Mono University: 7.9 (Subjam)
  28. Patrick Wolf: Lycanthropy (Tomlab)
  29. Blithe Sons: We Walk The Young Earth (Family Vineyard)
  30. Pelican: Australasia (Hydra Head)
  31. Broadcast: Haha Sound (Warp)
  32. B Fleischmann: Welcome Tourist (Morr)
  33. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (XL)
  34. Daniel Johnston: Fear Yourself (Gammon)
  35. Calexico: Feast of Wire (Quarterstick)
  36. Kevin Blechdom: Bitches Without Britches (Chicks on Speed)
  37. Keiji Haino: C'est Parfait (Turtles' Dream)
  38. Sixtoo: Antagonist Survival Kit (Vertical Form)
  39. Double Leopards: Halve Maen (Eclipse)
  40. Coh: Seasons (Idea)
  41. Tim Hecker: Presents Radio Amor (Mille Plateaux)
  42. Portal: Seepia (Profound Lore)
  43. Ralph Carney: This is (BlackBeauty)
  44. John Cale: Hobosapiens (EMI)
  45. Cursive: The Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)
  46. Frog Eyes: The Golden River (Global Symphonic)
  47. Grails: The Burden of Hope (Neurot)
  48. Excepter: Ka (Fusetron)
  49. Kayo Dot: Choirs of the Eye (Tzadik)
  50. Ricardo Villalobos: Alcachofa (Playhouse)
  51. Mountain Goats: Tallahassee (4AD)
  52. Aereogramme: Sleep And Release (Matador)
  53. National: Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (Brassland)
  54. Ufomammut: Snailking (Music Cartel)
  55. Appalachian Death Ride: Hobo's Codebook (Anyway)
  56. Coachwhips: Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine (Narnack)
  57. Juana Molina: Segundo (Domino)
  58. Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg: Arcane Runes Adorn The Ice-Veiled Monoliths (Monolith)
  59. Furze: Necromanzee Cogent (Apocalyptic Empire)
  1. M83: Unrecorded
  2. Blood Brothers: Fucking's Greatest Hits
  3. Menomena: Oahu
  4. Cat Power: I Don't Blame You
  5. Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island Burn
  6. Four Tet: My Angel Rocks Back And Forth
  7. Rapture: Sister Saviour
  8. Xiu Xiu: Sad Pony Guerilla Girl
  9. Sons & Daughters: Johnny Cash
  10. Daniel Johnston: Must
  11. Rosie Thomas: You And Me
  12. Calexico: Black Heart
  13. Nick Cave: Dead Man in My Bed
  14. Broadcast: Colour Me In
  15. Four Tet: Spirit Fingers
  16. John Cale: Reading My Mind
  17. Daniel Johnston: Love Not Dead
  18. Fiery Furnaces: We Got Back The Plague
  19. Black Eyes: Someone Has His Fingers Broken
  20. Smog: Vessel in Vain
  21. Tindersticks: Sometimes It Hurts
  22. Mountain Goats: Oceanographer's Choice
  23. Cat Power: Half of You
  24. Manitoba: Kid You'll Move Mountains
  25. Postal Service: Such Great Heights
  26. Angels of Light: All Souls' Rising
  27. Wrens: Per Second Second
  28. Daniel Johnston: Syrup Of Tears
  29. Broadcast: Valerie
  30. Appalachian Death Ride: Comin' Around
  31. New Pornographers: The Laws Have Changed
  32. Manishevitz: Mary Ann
  33. Hawksley Workman: Jealous Of Your Cigarette
  34. Cursive: Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand
  35. Ariel Pink: Loverboy
  36. Manitoba: Bijoux replicate
  37. 1349: Pitch Black
  38. Robert Wyatt: Just a Bit
  39. Lorna: For Hours Light
  40. White Stripes: Black Math
  41. Frog Eyes: Time Destroys Its Plan At The Reactionary Table
  42. Fruit Bats: A Bit Of Wind
  43. Lightning Bolt: 30000 Monkeys
  44. Califone: Horoscopic Amputation Honey
  45. Snow Patrol: Run
  46. Parts & Labor: Mike Burke For President
  47. Crooked Fingers: You Threw a Spark
  48. Kings of Leon: Red Morning Light
  49. Appalachian Death Ride: The Mission
  50. Okkervil River: Blanket and Crib
  51. Califone: Red
  52. Patrick Wolf: To The Lighthouse
  53. Pinback: Microtonic Wave
  54. Brother Ali: Bitchslap!
  55. Drive-by Truckers: Sink Hole
  56. Bonnie Prince Billy: Joy and Jubilee
  57. Kills: Fried My Little Brains
  58. Rapture: House of Jealous Lovers

Extended tracks
  1. Khanate: Fields
  2. Li Jianhong: Talking Freely Before The Beginning
  3. Keiji Haino: C'est Parfait
  4. Pelican: Night And Day
  5. Mono: Com
  6. Six Organs of Admittance: The Acceptance of Absolute Negation
  7. !!!: Me And Giuliani Down By the School Yard
  8. Blithe Sons: The Oldest Living Things
  9. M83: Beauties Can Die
  10. Excepter: Forget Me
  11. Coh: The Colour Of Beauty
  12. Philip Jeck: Veil
  13. Kayo Dot: The Manifold Curiosity
  14. Sixtoo: The Mile-End Artbike
  15. Boxhead Ensemble: Quartet Four
  16. Microphones: The Sun
  17. Pelican: The Woods
  18. Furze: Sathanas' Megalomania
  19. Cerberus Shoal: Scaly Beast vs Toy Piano
  20. Ricardo Villalobos: What You Say Is More Than I Can Say
  21. Nick Cave: Babe I'm on Fire
  22. Cul De Sac: Dust of Butterflies
  23. Animal Collective: Native Belle
  24. Steffen Basho-Junghans: The River Suite
  25. !!!: Me And Giuliani Down By the School Yard
  26. Meredith Monk: Doctor - Patient
  27. Double Leopards: A Hemisphere in Your Hair
  28. Dirty 3: Alice Wading
  29. Sun Kil Moon: Duk Koo Kim
  30. Larval: Something Terrible Is About To Happen
  31. Harris Newman: Forest for the Trees
  32. Yo La Tengo: Let's Be Still
  33. David Sylvian: The Heart Knows Better
  34. Cheer-Accident: The Autumn Wind is a Pirate
  35. Robert Rich: Vertigo
  36. Birchville Cat Motel: Summer's Seething Pulse
  37. Juana Molina: Mantra Del Bicho Feo
  38. Theo Parrish: Timeislafinacharunninout
  1. Franz Koglmann: Fear Death By Water (2003)
  2. Denman Maroney: Fluxations (New World)
  3. Ivo Perelman: Suite for Helen F (2003)
  4. Jason Moran: The Bandwagon (Blue Note)
  5. Hiromi: Another Mind (Telarc)
  6. Claudia Quintet: I Claudia (Cuneiform)
  7. Vijay Iyer: Blood Sutra (Artists House)
  8. Spring Heel Jack: Live (Thirsty Ear)
  9. Paul Rucker: History of an Apology (Jackson Street)
  10. Scott Rosenberg: Creative Orchestra Music (New World)
  11. David Ware: Threads (Thirsty Ear)
  12. Angelica Sanchez: Mirror Me (Omnitone)
  13. Robert Glasper: Mood (Fresh Sound)
  14. Bad Plus: These Are The Vistas (Columbia)
  15. Michael Brecker: Wide Angles (2003)
  16. Tord Gustavsen: Changing Places (ECM)
  17. Dave Douglas: Freak In (Bluebird)
  18. Andrew Hill: Passing Ships (Blue Note)
  19. Dave Holland: Extended Play (ECM)
  20. Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance (Warner)
  21. Jetemy Pelt: Close to My Heart (Maxjazz)
  22. Gilad Atzmon: Exile (Justin Time)
  23. Wayne Shorter: Alegria (Verve)

  1. Wagner: Flying Dutchman (Barenboim, Teldec)
  2. Mahler: Symphony 3 (Boulez, DG)
  3. Penderecki: Sextet/Clarinet Quartet (Naxos)
  4. Brahms: Symphonies (Bohm, DG)
  5. Meredith Monk: Mercy (ECM)
  6. Georges Lentz: Caeli Enarrant (Naxos)
  7. John Tavener: Ikon of Eros (Reference)
  8. Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony (Daniel, Naxos)
  9. Messiaen: Transfiguration (Chung, DG)
  10. John Rutter: Mass of the Children (Collegium)

By genre:

  1. Cat Power: You Are Free
  2. Daniel Johnston: Fear Yourself
  3. Smog: Supper
  4. Mountain Goats: Tallahassee
  5. Rosie Thomas: Only With Laughter Can You Win (Subpop)
  6. Rufus Wainwright: Want One (DreamWorks)
  7. John Cale: Hobosapiens (EMI)

  1. Books: The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
  2. Kopernik: Kopernik (Eastern Developments)

  1. Manitoba: Up In Flames (Leaf)

  1. Mars Volta: De-loused In The Comatorium (Universal)

  1. Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island Burn (ArtistDirect)

  1. Four Tet: Rounds (Domino)
Heavy rock
  1. Khanate: Things Viral (Southern Lord)

  1. Kopernik: Kopernik (Eastern Developments)

By country:

  1. Four Tet: Rounds (Domino)
  2. John Cale: Hobosapiens (EMI)

  1. Keiji Haino: C'est Parfait (Turtles' Dream)

Rest of Europe

  1. Manitoba: Up In Flames (Leaf)

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