Album Releases by Score

In The Zone 1.

In The Zone

by Britney Spears
November 18, 2003
The Pepsi spokesperson's fourth LP includes guest vocals from Madonna (on lead single "Me Against The Music") and production work from Moby, R. Kelly, the Matrix, and Guy Sigsworth (but no Max Martin).
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.2
Meteora 2.

Meteora

by Linkin Park
March 25, 2003
This long-awaited follow-up to 2000's 'Hybrid Theory' contains 12 new tracks co-produced by Don Gilmore.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.7
De-Loused In The Comatorium 3.

De-Loused In The Comatorium

by The Mars Volta
June 24, 2003
'De-Loused' is the heavily anticipated debut LP from the group formed by former At The Drive-In members Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.9
St. Anger 4.

St. Anger

by Metallica
June 10, 2003
As the title implies, the metal band is just as, well, angry as ever on their first new studio album since 'Load' and 'Reload' appeared in 1996 and 1997. Just don't try downloading it for free--then you'll see some real anger.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
5.5
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 5.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

by Outkast
September 23, 2003
This Grammy-winning follow-up to their smash 2000 hit 'Stankonia' is an OutKast album in name only, as it is structured in the form of two solo discs: one each for Big Boi (Speakerboxxx) and Andre 3000 (The Love Below).
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.7
Hail To The Thief 6.

Hail To The Thief

by Radiohead
June 10, 2003
Not quite the return to the "rock" side of Radiohead as originally believed (although pretty close), the band's sixth album (produced again by Nigel Godrich) retains some of the experimental electronica elements of its predecessors Kid A and Amnesiac. Note that each of the tracks on the album has an alternate title, as does the album itself (aka 'The Gloaming').
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Elephant 7.

Elephant

by The White Stripes
April 1, 2003
For their major label debut (and fourth LP overall), the Detroit-based duo of Jack and Meg White offer up 14 new tracks, all recorded in London and (fortunately) showing absolutely no trace of major label production values. Meg White takes a rare turn behind the microphone on a couple of tracks, as does guest Holly Golightly on the closing "It's True That We Love One Another."
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.6
Room On Fire 8.

Room On Fire

by The Strokes
October 28, 2003
This eagerly-awaited second LP for the heralded/hyped New York five-piece was produced by Gordon Raphael (who also produced their debut 'Is This It?') after aborted sessions working with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Results May Vary 9.

Results May Vary

by Limp Bizkit
September 23, 2003
The critics were not kind to this follow-up to 'Chocolate Starfish...,' which sees the band with a new guitarist (who won the slot in a competition held at various Guitar Centers!) replacing the departed Wes Borland.
Metascore:
33
User Score:
4.1
Dangerously In Love 10.

Dangerously In Love

by Beyoncé
June 24, 2003
This is the solo debut for former Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.7
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' 11.

Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

by 50 Cent
February 6, 2003
If you're even reading this, you most likely already know the life story of Queens' Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent), whose first attempt at rap stardom in the mid 1990s ended in a brutal attack that almost cost him his life. In recent years, however, 50 Cent was lucky enough to hook up with Eminem (who signed him) and producer Dr. Dre, which resulted in a track on the 8 Mile soundtrack and now this, his much-anticipated first full-length release.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.5
Chutes Too Narrow 12.

Chutes Too Narrow

by The Shins
October 21, 2003
Phil Ek produced this sophomore effort for the Albuquerque-based group led by James Mercer (also of Flake), who wowed critics in 2001 with their 1960s-flavored debut 'Oh, Inverted World.'
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.9
Sing The Sorrow 13.

Sing The Sorrow

by AFI
March 11, 2003
This is the major-label debut for the Bay Area punk rockers (whose initials stand for "A Fire Inside"), who got their start in Ukiah, Calif. in 1991. Garbage's Butch Vig produces.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
blink-182 14.

blink-182

by Blink-182
November 18, 2003
Definitely not your typical blink-182 album, this eponymous release finds the once-juvenile band finally showing a mature side, and winning critics over in the process. The Cure's Robert Smith guests on one track.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
American Life 15.

American Life

by Madonna
April 22, 2003
Madonna's second collaboration with French electronic producer Mirwais includes the lead single title track as well as her recent James Bond theme, "Die Another Day."
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.5
Take A Look In The Mirror 16.

Take A Look In The Mirror

by Korn
November 21, 2003
The California nu-metal band offers a back-to-basics approach on this sixth LP.
Metascore:
49
User Score:
8.3
Thirteenth Step 17.

Thirteenth Step

by A Perfect Circle
September 16, 2003
Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan's side project returns with a second LP on which he's backed by Jeordie "Twiggy Ramirez" White (Marilyn Manson), Billy Howerdel (Tool's guitar tech) and Josh Freese (Guns N' Roses).
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.9
Give Up 18.

Give Up

by The Postal Service
February 18, 2003
One of the highlights of Dntel's 2001 debut album was "This Is the Dream of Evan & Chan," where Dntel electronica mastermind Jimmy Tamborello was joined by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard on vocals. Satisfied by those results, the two continued to collaborate (by mail), eventually resulting in enough material for this full album that ventures more into synth-pop/new wave territory than their previous single.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
The Black Album 19.

The Black Album

by Jay-Z
November 14, 2003
The hugely successful Brooklyn rapper worked with an A-list of producers (including Just Blaze, Kanye West, Aqua, Eminem, Rick Rubin and The Neptunes) on what he has stated will be the final release of his career. (Sure it will.)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
The Meadowlands 20.

The Meadowlands

by The Wrens
September 9, 2003
The indie rockers took four years to record this third album.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
Deja Entendu 21.

Deja Entendu

by Brand New
June 17, 2003
This sophomore disc finds the young emo band expanding on its sound with the help of producer Steven Haigler (Pixies, Quicksand).
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
Transatlanticism 22.

Transatlanticism

by Death Cab for Cutie
October 7, 2003
This is the fourth album for the Washington-based indie group led by Ben Gibbard (also of the Postal Service) and Chris Walla.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.9
Welcome Interstate Managers 23.

Welcome Interstate Managers

by Fountains of Wayne
June 10, 2003
The New York-based indie-pop band, led by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood, returns with a long-awaited third LP.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Permission To Land 24.

Permission To Land

by The Darkness
September 16, 2003
'Permission To Land' is the debut LP for the rock four-piece from Norfolk, England (and we're talking the big, loud, stadium-rock end of the rock continuum, not the indie-rock end).
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
Elephunk 25.

Elephunk

by The Black Eyed Peas
June 24, 2003
The alternative L.A.-based hip-hop outfit, known for its positive message and break-dancing prowess, returns with a third LP. Guests Justin Timberlake and Papa Roach join new BEP backing vocalist Fergie (who replaces Kim Hill).
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.3
Grand Champ 26.

Grand Champ

by DMX
September 16, 2003
The hardcore rapper returns with his fifth studio album, hoping to duplicate the #1 success of each of his four previous LPs.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.8
Liz Phair 27.

Liz Phair

by Liz Phair
June 24, 2003
The far-from-prolific singer-songwriter's fourth album finds a 36-year-old Liz Phair trying to be... Avril Lavigne? Yes, her sound has changed quite a bit since her acclaimed 1993 debut 'Exile in Guyville,' taking on a glossy pop sheen on this release, thanks to production by the Matrix (as well as Michael Penn and Pete Yorn, we might add--but the Matrix????).
Metascore:
40
User Score:
6.0
O 28.

O

by Damien Rice
June 10, 2003
This full-length debut for the Irish singer/songwriter has moved beyond his home country (where it was a massive hit) to attract critical praise and strong sales worldwide. Mostly self-produced and recorded, the disc also comes in specially-designed packaging including text, artwork and photographs.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.9
You Forgot It In People 29.

You Forgot It In People

by Broken Social Scene
June 3, 2003
The Toronto, Canada indie-rock collective generated a great deal of praise for this 2002 sophomore effort, which was released in the U.S. in June, 2003 for the first time.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
Heavier Things 30.

Heavier Things

by John Mayer
September 9, 2003
The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter (who is frequently compared to Dave Matthews) attempts to duplicate the unexpected success of 2001's 'Room for Squares' with this third album.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.8
The Golden Age Of Grotesque 31.

The Golden Age Of Grotesque

by Marilyn Manson
May 13, 2003
Manson's fifth album finds the shock-rocker turning to the glory days of vaudeville and burlesque for inspiration.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.0
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place 32.

The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

by Explosions in the Sky
November 4, 2003
This five-song album is the second release from the Austin, Texas instrumental quartet known for their fierce live shows.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
Let It Be... Naked 33.

Let It Be... Naked

by The Beatles
November 18, 2003
Originally intended as a loose, spontaneous recording called 'Get Back,' 'Let It Be' was eventually released (after the band's breakup) after being shelved and then reproduced/enhanced by Phil Spector, leaving many fans (and an angry Paul McCartney) wondering, "what if?" This new release answers that question to a certain extent, with an altered track listing (which adds "Don't Let Me Down") containing some de-Spectorized versions as well as some originals that have been remixed and remastered.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.3
Beg For Mercy 34.

Beg For Mercy

by G-Unit
November 14, 2003
Rapper 50 Cent's backing posse attempts to capitalize on the runaway success of their leader's 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' with this, their own debut LP (which does indeed feature 50 Cent on each and every track).
Metascore:
62
User Score:
7.8
A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar 35.

A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar

by Dashboard Confessional
August 12, 2003
This is the fourth album for the Florida-based emo band led by Christopher Carraba.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.5
The Diary Of Alicia Keys 36.

The Diary Of Alicia Keys

by Alicia Keys
December 2, 2003
The neo-soul singer returns two years after the success of 'Songs In A Minor' with this sophomore disc.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
Coral Fang 37.

Coral Fang

by The Distillers
October 14, 2003
The punk outfit led by Brody Armstrong (oops--make that Brody Dalle, now) makes its major-label debut with 'Coral Fang,' the band's third release overall.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.2
Greendale 38.

Greendale

by Neil Young
August 19, 2003
Credited to Neil Young & Crazy Horse (expect electric rather than acoustic), this latest offering by the 57-year-old rocker is a 10-song concept album about the lives of the fictitious Green family.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.8
Think Tank 39.

Think Tank

by Blur
May 6, 2003
The veteran Britpop outfit's first new album in four years is the result of tumultuous recording sessions in Morocco with producer Fatboy Slim, which saw a growing dispute between co-founders Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon culminate in Coxon's departure from the band. Fatboy Slim only wound up producing two tracks, with William Orbit handling some of the others.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
Youth & Young Manhood 40.

Youth & Young Manhood

by Kings of Leon
August 19, 2003
This is the debut full-length for the Nashville-based rock band consisting of three brothers (the sons of a preacher) and their cousin.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Faceless 41.

Faceless

by Godsmack
April 8, 2003
The Boston-based punk-metal outfit returns with a third studio LP, produced by David Botrill (Tool).
Metascore:
50
User Score:
7.3
Rock'n'Roll 42.

Rock'n'Roll

by Ryan Adams
November 4, 2003
Recorded in just two weeks after Adams (rather, his record company) scrapped plans to release 'Love Is Hell' as his official follow-up to 'Gold' (the former will instead appear as a 2-part EP), 'Rock'n'Roll' features guest appearances from Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Melissa Auf Der Mauer (Hole) and Parker Posey (every indie film in the last 15 years).
Metascore:
66
User Score:
6.8
Get Born 43.

Get Born

by Jet
October 7, 2003
'Get Born' marks the debut of the Australian garage-rock quartet Jet.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
Folklore 44.

Folklore

by Nelly Furtado
November 25, 2003
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's sophomore effort comes a full three years after her debut, 'Whoa, Nelly!'
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.9
Try This 45.

Try This

by P!nk
November 11, 2003
Following the unexpected critical and commercial success of M!ssundaztood, Pink returns with a third, even more rock-oriented album. Linda Perry returns to helm just a few tracks, with the bulk of the producing/writing chores falling to Rancid's Tim Armstrong.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.9
Chicken & Beer 46.

Chicken & Beer

by Ludacris
October 7, 2003
Perhaps the most successful Dirty South rapper, Ludacris returns with his third Def Jam release.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.7
Up The Bracket 47.

Up The Bracket

by The Libertines
March 18, 2003
This debut disc from the hyped London garage band (deemed the UK's version of The Strokes by British music mags) was produced by The Clash's Mick Jones.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.9
Reality 48.

Reality

by David Bowie
September 16, 2003
'Reality' finds a now 56-year-old David Bowie working once again with longtime producer Tony Visconti. Included among the 11 tracks is a cover of Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso."
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.3
Chocolate Factory 49.

Chocolate Factory

by R. Kelly
February 18, 2003
Beseiged by legal problems (he was arrested in Chicago on child pornography-related charges) and rampant bootlegging of an earlier effort ('Loveland') that forced him to abandon that project, Kelly finally returns with a follow-up to 2000's 'TP-2.Com.'
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.5
Life On Display 50.

Life On Display

by Puddle Of Mudd
November 25, 2003
The Nirvana-esque four-piece returns with a follow-up to their 2001 major-label debut 'Come Clean.'
Metascore:
37
User Score:
4.8
On And On 51.

On And On

by Jack Johnson
May 6, 2003
Professional surfer-turned-rocker Jack Johnson returns with his second LP of mellow alt-rock.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.5
Neon Golden 52.

Neon Golden

by The Notwist
February 25, 2003
This breaktrhough sixth album for the German band combines a variety of disparate elements, most notably moody indie rock and glitchy electronica (think Hood's Cold House), to great effect.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Tasty 53.

Tasty

by Kelis
December 9, 2003
Kelis' third LP (second in the States) features production from the Neptunes, Dallas Austin and Andre 3000.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
14 Shades Of Grey 54.

14 Shades Of Grey

by Staind
May 20, 2003
The alt-metal band returns with a follow-up to their 2001 megahit, 'Break The Cycle.'
Metascore:
41
User Score:
6.8
Deftones 55.

Deftones

by Deftones
May 20, 2003
This self-titled release is the fourth studio album for the California alt-metal outfit.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.6
Chapter II 56.

Chapter II

by Ashanti
July 1, 2003
The Irv Gotti-created superstar returns with a quick follow-up to her hit 2002 self-titled debut.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
8.2
La Bella Mafia 57.

La Bella Mafia

by Lil' Kim
March 4, 2003
The third solo album from the former Junior M.A.F.I.A. member utilizes production and vocal contributions from Swizz Beatz, Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Method Man.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.4
Dear Catastrophe Waitress 58.

Dear Catastrophe Waitress

by Belle and Sebastian
October 7, 2003
The veteran Scottish band's first album for Sanctuary (after a long run on Matador Records) is also their first without singer/cellist Isobel Campbell. The 12 tracks here were produced by Trevor Horn.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
Want One 59.

Want One

by Rufus Wainwright
September 23, 2003
The Canadian singer-songwriter worked with producer Marius deVries (Björk, Massive Attack) for this third LP, which is actually the first half of what was originally planned as a double album ('Want Two' will instead arrive next year).
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.8
Birds Of Pray 60.

Birds Of Pray

by Live
May 20, 2003
Ed Kowalczyk & co. return for their sixth album, produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Something Corporate).
Metascore:
50
User Score:
7.6
Fever To Tell 61.

Fever To Tell

by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
April 29, 2003
This is the highly-anticipated debut LP for the New York art-punk trio, who have developed a fanbase and generated a great deal of publicity (not to mention a major-label deal) through a series of EPs and live performances.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
Kid Rock 62.

Kid Rock

by Kid Rock
November 11, 2003
The sixth album for the Detroit rocker is more party-rock than rap-metal, although some hip-hop elements are retained from previous outings. Included is a cover of "Feel Like Makin' Love."
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.7
Seven's Travels 63.

Seven's Travels

by Atmosphere
September 23, 2003
This is the fourth LP (and first released by Epitaph) for the indie-minded Minneapolis-based duo of Slug and Ant.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
Afterglow 64.

Afterglow

by Sarah McLachlan
November 4, 2003
The Canadian singer-songwriter emerges from a period of inactivity with her first album of new material since 1997's 'Surfacing.' Frequent collaborator Pierre Marchand returns as producer.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.9
Blood In My Eye 65.

Blood In My Eye

by Ja Rule
November 4, 2003
'Blood' represents the New York rapper's attempt to lash back at 50 Cent, who has spent the better part of the past year targeting Rule.
Metascore:
45
User Score:
6.4
Good Mourning 66.

Good Mourning

by Alkaline Trio
May 13, 2003
The Chicago-based emo band returns with their fourth full-length.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
Out Of The Vein 67.

Out Of The Vein

by Third Eye Blind
May 13, 2003
The third album for the radio-friendly San Francisco-based alt-rockers is almost a concept album about breaking up with Charlize Theron, which--lest you think the band was getting wacky all of a sudden--band leader Stephan Jenkins actually did do recently.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.7
Let Go 68.

Let Go

by Nada Surf
February 4, 2003
One-hit wonders, you say? Well, the New York trio did score an MTV hit with "Popular," from their 1996 debut album, but it is a more mature and less commercial Nada Surf that returns now with a third LP, their first for indie label Barsuk.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.9
Some Devil 69.

Some Devil

by Dave Matthews
September 23, 2003
The first solo release for Dave Matthews (that's right, it's not the Dave Matthews Band this time out) finds him working with artists such as Tim Reynolds and Trey Anastasio (Phish).
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.9
Heart 70.

Heart

by Stars
August 26, 2003
This is the second LP for the Montreal-based indie-pop quartet featuring actor Torquil Campbell, Evan Cranley (also a member of Broken Social Scene), Amy Millan and Chris Seligman.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Payable On Death 71.

Payable On Death

by P.O.D.
November 4, 2003
The born-again Christian rap-metal band returns with a follow-up to their 2001 hit 'Satellite.' Jason Truby replaces departed guitarist Marcos.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
7.7
Everything Must Go 72.

Everything Must Go

by Steely Dan
June 10, 2003
What sounds like a Steely Dan clearance sale is actually the veteran duo's first album of new material since their 2000 comeback effort 'Two Against Nature.'
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.8
Escapology 73.

Escapology

by Robbie Williams
April 1, 2003
UK pop star Robbie Williams follows the success of Sing When You're Winning with this, his fifth and most adult-sounding LP.
Metascore:
53
User Score:
8.2
Ima Robot 74.

Ima Robot

by Ima Robot
September 16, 2003
The roster of this Los Angeles outfit (who make their debut with this self-titled release) includes members of Beck's touring band (Medal-Johnsen and Joey Waronker).
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.7
Killing Joke [2003] 75.

Killing Joke [2003]

by Killing Joke
August 5, 2003
The first album in seven years for the UK punk outfit founded in 1978 features newly reunited members Jaz Coleman, Youth and Paul Raven, with Dave Grohl filling in on drums.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
This Is Not A Test! 76.

This Is Not A Test!

by Missy Elliott
November 25, 2003
Missy Elliott reunites with producer Timbaland for her fifth album, which features vocal contributions from Nelly, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and R. Kelly.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? 77.

Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

by The Unicorns
October 21, 2003
This is the second album for the lo-fi indie-pop trio based in Montreal, Canada.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Life For Rent 78.

Life For Rent

by Dido
September 30, 2003
The British singer sticks to the successful formula established on her 1999 debut "No Angel" for this sophomore effort.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.7
It Still Moves 79.

It Still Moves

by My Morning Jacket
September 9, 2003
The Southern rockers make their major-label debut with this 12-track effort.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
The Wolf 80.

The Wolf

by Andrew W.K.
September 9, 2003
America's favorite party animal attempts to move past the frat party/beer commercial sound of his hit debut album with this slightly more mature follow-up. Slightly.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Black Cherry 81.

Black Cherry

by Goldfrapp
May 6, 2003
This sophomore LP from the UK duo of vocalist Allison Goldfrapp and multi-instrumentalist Will Gregory follows their acclaimed 2000 debut, 'Felt Mountain.'
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Say You Will 82.

Say You Will

by Fleetwood Mac
April 15, 2003
If you prefer your Fleetwood Mac songs written by Lindsey Buckingham, your 16-year wait is over. Joining Buckingham on this brand-new, 18-track album are Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.7
Sleeping With Ghosts 83.

Sleeping With Ghosts

by Placebo
April 1, 2003
The UK glam-punk band returns with their fourth album.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.8
So Long, Astoria 84.

So Long, Astoria

by The Ataris
March 4, 2003
Named after the setting of the 1985 film "The Goonies," 'So Long Astoria' is the major-label debut (and fourth studio LP) for the power-pop five-piece. Included here is a cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer."
Metascore:
57
User Score:
8.5
Splinter 85.

Splinter

by The Offspring
December 9, 2003
This is the seventh album for these Orange County alt-rockers.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.5
Echoes 86.

Echoes

by The Rapture
October 21, 2003
The Brooklyn band's dance/punk/80s hybrid debut follows months of hype and anticipation fed by several years of touring. Included here is the single "House Of Jealous Lovers."
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
Everything To Everyone 87.

Everything To Everyone

by Barenaked Ladies
October 21, 2003
The witty Canadian band with a devoted fanbase is back with their first album since the poorly-received 'Maroon.' Ron Aniello (Guster, Lifehouse) produces.
Metascore:
56
User Score:
8.5
12 Memories 88.

12 Memories

by Travis
October 14, 2003
The fourth album from the Glaswegian rock band is their darkest to date.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.8
Her Majesty The Decemberists 89.

Her Majesty The Decemberists

by The Decemberists
September 9, 2003
This is the second album for the Portland, Ore.-based indie five-piece led by Colin Meloy.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Reconstruction Site 90.

Reconstruction Site

by The Weakerthans
August 26, 2003
This is the third album for the Winnipeg, Canada-based group led by former Propagandhi member John K. Samson.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
I Am The Fun Blame Monster 91.

I Am The Fun Blame Monster

by Menomena
June 20, 2003
The quirky, Portland, Ore.-based indie rock trio recorded this highly-regarded genre-twisting debut album with the aid of a homemade software program.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Thankful 92.

Thankful

by Kelly Clarkson
April 15, 2003
Yes, well, she does have a lot to be thankful for, doesn't she. This hit debut album is a direct result of the singer's victory on the first installment of Fox TV's "American Idol" talent competition in 2002. Judging from the album's credits, just about every musician and producer in the industry seemingly worked on the disc, although Clarkson did manage to co-write four out of the dozen songs.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
5.2
Street Dreams 93.

Street Dreams

by Fabolous
March 4, 2003
The sophomore release for the Brooklyn rapper features appearances by the ubiquitous Missy Elliott, Ashanti, M.O.P., Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
8.4
Mary Star of the Sea 94.

Mary Star of the Sea

by Zwan
January 28, 2003
The new group led by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins features a lineup including fellow Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin on drums and guitarists Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Skunk) and David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise).
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
Logic Will Break Your Heart 95.

Logic Will Break Your Heart

by The Stills
October 21, 2003
The Montreal, Canada-based quartet (basically, 2003's version of Interpol) follows its acclaimed, 80s-influenced EP "Rememberese" with this debut full-length. "Still In Love Song" is the only song from that EP to reappear here.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Seal IV 96.

Seal IV

by Seal
September 9, 2003
Never one for original album titles, Seal returns with just his fourth LP in his 12+ year recording career. Trevor Horn produces.
Metascore:
56
User Score:
8.7
0304 97.

0304

by Jewel
June 3, 2003
Album number five finds the singer-songwriter seemingly entering an early mid-life crisis, as she dives headfirst into commercial teen-dance-pop territory.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.3
Burn Piano Island, Burn 98.

Burn Piano Island, Burn

by The Blood Brothers
March 18, 2003
Known for their loud, angry, and extreme take on metal (well, even more so than your average metal band), The Blood Brothers return with their third album in as many years.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Strays 99.

Strays

by Jane's Addiction
July 22, 2003
A reunited Jane's Addiction (sans bassist Eric Avery) is back with their first studio recording in 13 years.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.8
Rounds 100.

Rounds

by Four Tet
May 6, 2003
The sample-based indietronica LP 'Rounds' is the third solo effort for Fridge's Kieran Hebden.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 92

    Letter to You - Bruce Springsteen

    • Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
  2. 90

    Optimisme - Songhoy Blues

    • Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
  3. 88

    The New OK - Drive-By Truckers

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
  4. 86

    Róisín Machine - Róisín Murphy

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
    • User Score: 9.4
  5. 86

    Silver Ladders - Mary Lattimore

    • Release Date: Oct 9, 2020
    • User Score: 9.6
Lowest of the Month
  1. 60

    You've Always Been Here - The Jaded Hearts Club

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
  2. 67

    Dark Hearts - Annie

    • Release Date: Oct 16, 2020
    • User Score: 9.8
  3. 70

    Under the Spell of Joy - Death Valley Girls

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
  4. 71

    The Album - BlackPink

    • Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
    • User Score: 8.9
  5. 73

    Stay Alive - Laura Jane Grace

    • Release Date: Oct 1, 2020