The Best Rock Albums of 2003

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Best of Rock Albums
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  1. Books: The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
  2. Supersilent: 6 (Rune Grammofon)
  3. Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird's Bark (Rough Trade)
  4. Xiu Xiu: A Promise (5RC)
  5. Cat Power: You Are Free (Matador)
  6. Plastic Crimewave Sound: Flashing Open (Eclipse)
  7. Menomena: I Am The Fun Blame Monster (Muuuhahaha)
  8. Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island Burn (ArtistDirect)
  9. Khanate: Things Viral (Southern Lord)
  10. Kopernik: Kopernik (Eastern Developments)
  11. M83: Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Mute)
  12. Microphones: Mount Eerie (K)
  13. Manitoba: Up In Flames (Leaf)
  14. Four Tet: Rounds (Domino)
  15. No-Man: Together We're Strangers (Kscope)
  16. Envy: A Dead Sinking Story (Sinzai)
  17. Ben Frost: Steel Wound (Room40)
  18. Mono: One Step More And You Die (Arena Rock)
  19. Animal Collective: Here Comes The Indian (Paw)
  20. Black Eyes: Black Eyes (Dischord)
  21. Six Organs Of Admittance: For Octavio Paz (Time-Lag)
  22. Li Jianhong: Talking Freely Before The Beginning (2pi)
  23. Colleen: Everyone Alive Wants Answers (Leaf)
  24. Rapture: Echoes (Universal)
  25. Dirty Projectors: The Glad Fact (Western Vinyl)
  26. Lorna: This Time Each Year (Hybrid Electric)
  27. Boxhead Ensemble: Quartets (Atavistic)
  28. Intelligent Shanghai Mono University: 7.9 (Subjam)
  29. Patrick Wolf: Lycanthropy (Tomlab)
  30. Blithe Sons: We Walk The Young Earth (Family Vineyard)
  31. Pelican: Australasia (Hydra Head)
  32. Broadcast: Haha Sound (Warp)
  33. B Fleischmann: Welcome Tourist (Morr)
  34. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (XL)
  35. Daniel Johnston: Fear Yourself (Gammon)
  36. Calexico: Feast of Wire (Quarterstick)
  37. Kevin Blechdom: Bitches Without Britches (Chicks on Speed)
  38. Keiji Haino: C'est Parfait (Turtles' Dream)
  39. Sixtoo: Antagonist Survival Kit (Vertical Form)
  40. Double Leopards: Halve Maen (Eclipse)
  41. Coh: Seasons (Idea)
  42. Tim Hecker: Presents Radio Amor (Mille Plateaux)
  43. Portal: Seepia (Profound Lore)
  44. Ralph Carney: This is (BlackBeauty)
  45. John Cale: Hobosapiens (EMI)
  46. Cursive: The Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)
  47. Frog Eyes: The Golden River (Global Symphonic)
  48. Grails: The Burden of Hope (Neurot)
  49. Excepter: Ka (Fusetron)
  50. Kayo Dot: Choirs of the Eye (Tzadik)
  51. Ricardo Villalobos: Alcachofa (Playhouse)
  52. Mountain Goats: Tallahassee (4AD)
  53. Aereogramme: Sleep And Release (Matador)
  54. National: Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (Brassland)
  55. Ufomammut: Snailking (Music Cartel)
  56. Appalachian Death Ride: Hobo's Codebook (Anyway)
  57. Outkast: The Love Below
  58. Angelic Process: Coma Waering (Artwrek)
  59. Coachwhips: Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine (Narnack)
  60. Juana Molina: Segundo (Domino)
  61. Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg: Arcane Runes Adorn The Ice-Veiled Monoliths (Monolith)
  62. Furze: Necromanzee Cogent (Apocalyptic Empire)
  63. Sweet Trip: Velocity Design Comfort (Darla)
  64. Murmer: Definition (Absurd)
  65. Xanopticon: Liminal Space (Hymen)
  66. Colour Haze: Los Sounds De Krauts (Elektrohasch)
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  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. Plastic Crimewave Sound: Perfect Glass Orchards
  10. Sons & Daughters: Johnny Cash
  11. Daniel Johnston: Must
  12. Rosie Thomas: You And Me
  13. Calexico: Black Heart
  14. Nick Cave: Dead Man in My Bed
  15. Broadcast: Colour Me In
  16. Four Tet: Spirit Fingers
  17. John Cale: Reading My Mind
  18. Daniel Johnston: Love Not Dead
  19. Fiery Furnaces: We Got Back The Plague
  20. Black Eyes: Someone Has His Fingers Broken
  21. Smog: Vessel in Vain
  22. Tindersticks: Sometimes It Hurts
  23. Mountain Goats: Oceanographer's Choice
  24. Cat Power: Half of You
  25. Manitoba: Kid You'll Move Mountains
  26. White Stripes: Seven Nation Army
  27. Postal Service: Such Great Heights
  28. Angels of Light: All Souls' Rising
  29. Wrens: Per Second Second
  30. Daniel Johnston: Syrup Of Tears
  31. Broadcast: Valerie
  32. Appalachian Death Ride: Comin' Around
  33. New Pornographers: The Laws Have Changed
  34. Manishevitz: Mary Ann
  35. Daughters: And Then the C.H.U.D.S. Came
  36. Hawksley Workman: Jealous Of Your Cigarette
  37. Cursive: Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand
  38. Ariel Pink: Loverboy
  39. Manitoba: Bijoux replicate
  40. 1349: Pitch Black
  41. Plastic Crimewave Sound: Husk
  42. Robert Wyatt: Just a Bit
  43. Lorna: For Hours Light
  44. White Stripes: Black Math
  45. Frog Eyes: Time Destroys Its Plan At The Reactionary Table
  46. Fruit Bats: A Bit Of Wind
  47. Lightning Bolt: 30000 Monkeys
  48. Califone: Horoscopic Amputation Honey
  49. Snow Patrol: Run
  50. Parts & Labor: Mike Burke For President
  51. Sweet Trip: Dedicated
  52. Crooked Fingers: You Threw a Spark
  53. Kings of Leon: Red Morning Light
  54. Appalachian Death Ride: The Mission
  55. Okkervil River: Blanket and Crib
  56. Califone: Red
  57. Patrick Wolf: To The Lighthouse
  58. Pinback: Microtonic Wave
  59. Brother Ali: Bitchslap!
  60. Neil Young: Leave the Driving
  61. Drive-by Truckers: Sink Hole
  62. Bonnie Prince Billy: Joy and Jubilee
  63. Kills: Fried My Little Brains
  64. Rapture: House of Jealous Lovers
  65. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Date with the Night
  66. Absurd Minds: Herzlos
  67. Evanescence: Bring Me to Life
  68. Sean Hayes: The Rain Coming Down

Extended compositions
  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. Stalaggh: Projekt Nihil
  9. Plastic Crimewave Sound: Caged Fire Theme
  10. Blithe Sons: The Oldest Living Things
  11. M83: Beauties Can Die
  12. Excepter: Forget Me
  13. Coh: The Colour Of Beauty
  14. Philip Jeck: Veil
  15. Sixtoo: The Mile-End Artbike
  16. Boxhead Ensemble: Quartet Four
  17. No-Man: Things I Want to Tell You
  18. Microphones: The Sun
  19. Pelican: The Woods
  20. Furze: Sathanas' Megalomania
  21. Cerberus Shoal: Scaly Beast vs Toy Piano
  22. Ricardo Villalobos: What You Say Is More Than I Can Say
  23. Nick Cave: Babe I'm on Fire
  24. Cul De Sac: Dust of Butterflies
  25. Animal Collective: Native Belle
  26. Steffen Basho-Junghans: The River Suite
  27. !!!: Me And Giuliani Down By the School Yard
  28. Meredith Monk: Doctor - Patient
  29. Double Leopards: A Hemisphere in Your Hair
  30. Dirty 3: Alice Wading
  31. Sun Kil Moon: Duk Koo Kim
  32. Larval: Something Terrible Is About To Happen
  33. Harris Newman: Forest for the Trees
  34. Yo La Tengo: Let's Be Still
  35. David Sylvian: The Heart Knows Better
  36. Cursive: Staying Alive
  37. Cheer-Accident: The Autumn Wind is a Pirate
  38. Robert Rich: Vertigo
  39. Birchville Cat Motel: Summer's Seething Pulse
  40. Juana Molina: Mantra Del Bicho Feo
  41. Theo Parrish: Timeislafinacharunninout
  42. Steve Roach: Vortex Ring
  43. White Hills: No Game To Play
  44. Envy: Unrepairable Gentleness
  45. Neil Young: Sun Green
  46. Richard Chartier: Component
  47. Pharaoh Overlord: Laivius 17
  48. Kayo Dot: The Manifold Curiosity
  49. Lil Wayne: 10000 Bars
  50. Yob: Catharsis
  51. Murmer: Oracle Extended
  52. Xanopticon: Constant
  53. Moodymann: Silence in the Secret Garden
  54. Colour Haze: Overriding

  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. Outward Sound Ensemble: Cloudburst
  14. Robert Glasper: Mood (Fresh Sound)
  15. Bad Plus: These Are The Vistas (Columbia)
  16. Michael Brecker: Wide Angles (2003)
  17. Tord Gustavsen: Changing Places (ECM)
  18. Dave Douglas: Freak In (Bluebird)
  19. Andrew Hill: Passing Ships (Blue Note)
  20. Dave Holland: Extended Play (ECM)
  21. Nicholas Payton: Sonic Trance (Warner)
  22. Jetemy Pelt: Close to My Heart (Maxjazz)
  23. Gilad Atzmon: Exile (Justin Time)
  24. Wayne Shorter: Alegria (Verve)
  25. Marco Minneman: Broken Orange (2003)

  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)

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