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on 20 Aug 2011 01:11

 
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Best albums of 2003

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For my other Best albums lists for this decade, please visit my Best albums of the 00s list. All videos chosen for quality of sound, rather than visuals.
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1. De-Loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta
Clearly, At the Drive-In breaking up wasn't all bad.
Favorite song: "Televators"


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2. Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left of T... - Murder by Death
One of my all-time favorite albums, perfect from start to finish.
Favorite song: "End of the Line"
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3. The Ugly Organ - Cursive
Favorite song: "The Recluse"
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4. As the Eternal Cowboy - Against Me!
Better than Reinventing Axl Rose, and almost as good as Searching for a Former Clarity. This was my introduction to AM!, and I think it's a perfect album to get into them.
Favorite song: "Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists"
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5. Fever to Tell - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Favorite song: "Poor Song"
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6. Sleeping With Ghosts - Placebo
I can never decide which Placebo album is my favorite between this one, Meds, and Without You I'm Nothing.
Favorite song: "Protect Me from What I Want"
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7. The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on th... - The Fall
Mark E. Smith is a genius, and The Fall should be more popular.
Favorite song: "Mountain Energei" (or whichever I'm listening to)
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8. Revolutionary, Vol. 2 - Immortal Technique
Quite possibly the most important voice in hip-hop, this album finds Immortal Technique speaking out on politics in ways most artists wouldn't have the balls to (save perhaps Rage Against the Machine). As you'll hear in the song below, he also has serious thoughts on other subjects too.
Favorite song: "The Message & the Money"
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9. Hot Damn! - Every Time I Die
This album really makes me want to break things.

Favorite song: "Floater"
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10. Mit Gas - Tomahawk
Mike Patton does it again.
Favorite song: "Rotgut"
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11. You Come Before You - Poison the Well
One of my favorite underrated bands. Prior to this album I liked what they were doing, but wasn't that crazy about the vocals. Here their singer finally opened up & did some solid singing, though it's possible that this was simply the first album where they had people running the boards who knew exactly how to pull the best sound out of them. Whatever the case, this album solidified my love for PTW & the albums that followed have only reinforced it.
Favorite song: "Meeting Again for the First Time"
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12. Elephant - The White Stripes
Favorite song: "Ball and Biscuit"
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13. Burn Piano Island, Burn - Blood Brothers
The album that got me into Blood Brothers, & I would eventually go back & pick up their previous albums.
Favorite song: "The Shame"
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14. Thirteenth Step - A Perfect Circle
Favorite song: "Pet"
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15. Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People... - Primus
Favorite song: "Mary the Ice Cube"
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16. There Must Be Some Way to Stop Them - Vaux
Underrated, short-lived band. Vaux were one of the more interesting 00s hardcore acts, and they always put on great live shows.
Favorite song: "Shot in the Back"
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17. New Romance - Pretty Girls Make Graves
Favorite song: "This Is Our Emergency"
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18. Speakerboxx / The Love Below [2 CD] - Outkast
I really wish this had been released as two separate albums. To be honest I only ever listen to Andre 3000's half (The Love Below) which is easily a perfect 10. Big Boi's disc does nothing for me.
Favorite song: "Behold a Lady"
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19. The Secret of Elena's Tomb - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
This EP was released shortly after their excellent album Source Tags & Codes, and this was another case where my expectations weren't in the right place for me to appreciate it at the time. I remember seeing at least one review that referred to it as a hangover album compared to the party of Source Tags, which seems about right. Where Source Tags was bombastic and focused, this EP was mellow and seemed really dull at first.

I let it sit for a couple years and came back to it, and by then I was ready for it. Now I've come to enjoy all the songs on it, though I prefer them shuffled in among their other songs rather than sitting through them together.
--from my Albums that grew on me list

Favorite song: "Crowning of a Heart"


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Killer soundtracks

It's not often I find soundtracks I enjoy listening to from start to finish, but these 3 were noteworthy exceptions.

Runners-up



Fun fact: 16 of these were the first album I ever bought from the bands that recorded them, and in all cases I bought at least one more album from each.

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Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 4 17:12
Ball and Biscuit! I'd heard from a local radio station DJ that that song is "the business", and had wanted to hear it for many years until I finally did a few years back. Don't know why I remembered that he'd said that. I should own some White Stripes as well. And, of course, Thirteenth Step is ethereally awesome. Glad to see you're including soundtracks as well - that's one great ways I get exposed to music I'd never know about otherwise!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 4 22:35
Haha right on. "Ball and Biscuit" blows me away every time. If you can't tell from how often they show up on these lists, I highly recommend the Stripes' albums.

Soundtracks have often been a good way for me to get into new bands too. For whatever reason 2003 was the only year out of the 00s that there was more than 1 soundtrack I liked though. Maybe I just didn't pick up the right ones.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 5 2:54
Digging this Cursive song as I type this! Band I've heard a bit about hear and their, but never bothered to check out. Man, that guys voice sounds familiar though... is there something else I may know him from?

Only albums I own on this list are Fever to Tell (epically awesome!) and 13th Step, which I should probably revisit. It kinda disappointed me when I first bought it. (Though not as much as Lateralus did a year or two earlier.)

Happy to see Pretty Girls Make Graves here. Saw them open for someone or another, long before I really knew who they were. Later they became a favorite on 89.3 the current-- the only radio station I've listened to for the past 5 or 6 years. Indeed sucks that they split.

Obviously I should've gotten into Against Me! years ago. Honestly have no idea how I missed that boat. Now what I hear from them on Pandora or whatever it may be is mostly ordinary. Highly listenable, but nothing that's ever wowed me.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 9 12:14
lkjgjdflsj;lkdfj;lgs omg best CD list ever. My favorite Mars Volta album for starters and you linked to my favorite track off the album. Also listed is my favorite Placebo album, Every Time I Die album, Blood Brothers, and The White Stripes albums. Can't say I have love for Against Me! but it's easily forgiven over the copious amounts of awesome in this list. :D
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Mar 12 8:31
What a great choice for #1!

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