Album Releases by User Score

Elephant 1.

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
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 2.

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
Rounds 3.

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
Neon Golden 4.

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:
8.7
Chutes Too Narrow 5.

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:
8.3
Yours, Mine & Ours 6.

Yours, Mine & Ours

by Pernice Brothers
May 20, 2003
Joe Pernice and company return with ten new indie-pop gems.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.4
Up In Flames 7.

Up In Flames

by Caribou
April 8, 2003
The second LP from Canadian electronic artist Dan Snaith is more song-oriented (and quite a bit more psychedelic) than efforts from similar artists, with Snaith even providing vocals on some tracks. [This release was originally credited under the name Manitoba before being re-released under the name Caribou after the name change]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Where Shall You Take Me 8.

Where Shall You Take Me

by Damien Jurado
March 18, 2003
The fifth full-length for the Seattle-based singer-songwriter returns with ten new mostly-acoustic tales about America's heartland, including live favorite "Texas to Ohio."
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Decoration Day 9.

Decoration Day

by Drive-By Truckers
June 17, 2003
The Southern rock band led by Patterson Hood follow up their 2-disc concept album about Lynyrd Skynyrd ('The Southern Rock Opera') with this less conceptual but equally rocking LP.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
World Without Tears 10.

World Without Tears

by Lucinda Williams
April 8, 2003
Recorded live in studio with her band and co-produced by Mark Howard, 'World Without Tears' marks the follow-up to Williams' acclaimed 2001 release 'Essence.'
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Stumble Into Grace 11.

Stumble Into Grace

by Emmylou Harris
September 23, 2003
Still going strong at 57, the Grammy-winning artist offers 12 new tracks, with some A-list backing from the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Jill Cunniff, Jane Siberry, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Phantom Power 12.

Phantom Power

by Super Furry Animals
July 22, 2003
The quirky Welsh quintet's sixth album was produced by Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys).
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.9
One Word Extinguisher 13.

One Word Extinguisher

by Prefuse 73
May 6, 2003
Underground producer Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73) offers his second LP for Warp, which mixes experimental glitchtronica with more accessible hip-hop elements (including vocals on a few tracks provided by guests such as Mr. Lif).
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
The Decline Of British Sea Power 14.

The Decline Of British Sea Power

by British Sea Power
September 9, 2003
Oft-compared to Joy Division, this unique British four-piece sports single-word names (Hamilton, Noble, Yan, and Wood), dons military apparel for their live shows, and tackles dark, weighty themes in their lyrics (Czech history, anyone)? 'The Decline' marks their full-length debut, drawing critical praise on both sides of the Atlantic.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
You Forgot It In People 15.

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
Quicksand / Cradlesnakes 16.

Quicksand / Cradlesnakes

by Califone
March 18, 2003
Featuring basically the same lineup as the defunct Chicago band Red Red Meat, Califone makes their Thrill Jockey debut with this mix of country, blues, folk, and electronic elements.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Welcome Interstate Managers 17.

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:
7.8
Feast of Wire 18.

Feast of Wire

by Calexico
February 18, 2003
The Tucson, Arizona-based duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino return with their fourth full-length album.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place 19.

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:
8.7
The Lemon Of Pink 20.

The Lemon Of Pink

by The Books
October 14, 2003
The experimental collage artists combine samples, vocals (courtesy of Anne Doerner) and acoustic instrumentation on this second release.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.7
The Wind 21.

The Wind

by Warren Zevon
August 26, 2003
Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2002, veteran singer-songwriter Warren Zevon decided to record one final album. This 11-track effort includes contributions from numerous Zevon friends, including Ry Cooder, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Tom Petty, and Dwight Yoakam.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
The Intercontinentals 22.

The Intercontinentals

by Bill Frisell
April 15, 2003
On his latest release, Bill Frisell takes an international approach to American folk music, assembling a cosmopolitan group of musicians that includes Malian vocalist/percussionist Sidiki Camara, Brazilian guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria, and Greece's Christos Govetas.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
tbd
Holopaw 23.

Holopaw

by Holopaw
January 21, 2003
This Gainesville, Fla.-based five-piece band, which mixes indie rock and alt-country with a bit of electronica, features John Orth, who also appeared on the 2002 release by the Modest Mouse side project Ugly Casanova. Brian Deck produces.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
Hail To The Thief 24.

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
Magnolia Electric Co. 25.

Magnolia Electric Co.

by Songs: Ohia
March 4, 2003
Jason Molina rocks out a bit more on this latest offering, which finds the singer-songwriter backed by the same musicians on the 'Mi Sei Apparaso Come Un Fantasma' live album. Steve Albini produces, and to quote the official press release, "This is the first Songs: Ohia record with more than one song that could be played at a strip joint or monster truck show."
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Streetcore 26.

Streetcore

by Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
October 21, 2003
The former Clash leader was nearing completion of this fourth and final solo album when he died of a heart attack in 2002. It includes covers of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" (recorded without his backing band the Mescaleros) and Bobby Charles' "Before I Grow Too Old," as well as eight Strummer originals veering from reggae to rock.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
Happy Songs For Happy People 27.

Happy Songs For Happy People

by Mogwai
June 17, 2003
Don't let the title fool you; the Glaswegian instrumental post-rockers are just as dour as ever on this fourth studio LP.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Run To Ruin 28.

Run To Ruin

by Nina Nastasia
June 3, 2003
Recorded by Steve Albini, 'Run To Ruin' is the New York singer-songwriter's third LP. The Dirty Three's Jim White chips in on drums.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
The Meadowlands 29.

The Meadowlands

by The Wrens
September 9, 2003
The indie rockers took four years to record this third album.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Kish Kash 30.

Kish Kash

by Basement Jaxx
October 21, 2003
The third album for the house duo of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton features contributions from Dizzee Rascal, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, JC Chasez and Siouxsie Sioux.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Singing Bones 31.

Singing Bones

by The Handsome Family
October 7, 2003
The husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks return with their sixth CD of dark, country-tinged folk-rock.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Fever To Tell 32.

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:
8.3
The Ugly Organ 33.

The Ugly Organ

by Cursive
March 4, 2003
A bit of a concept album (set as a play about sex and relationships), 'The Ugly Organ' is the Nebraska band's fourth LP, following 2000's acclaimed 'Domestica.'
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Hearts Of Oak 34.

Hearts Of Oak

by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
February 11, 2003
Ted Leo, formerly of Chisel, returns with his fourth album of punk-influenced singer-songwriter indie-folk rock.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.2
The Evening Of My Best Day 35.

The Evening Of My Best Day

by Rickie Lee Jones
October 7, 2003
'Evening' represents Jones' first album of self-penned material in six years. The roster of guests includes Nels Cline, David Hidalgo, Grant Lee Phillips and Bill Frisell.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
5 36.

5

by Town & Country
September 9, 2003
The fifth release from the Chicago-based outfit continue their foray into "modern classical" composition using acoustic instruments.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Indestructible 37.

Indestructible

by Rancid
August 19, 2003
The Bay Area punk band returns with its first album in three years.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
Silver Lake 38.

Silver Lake

by Vic Chesnutt
March 25, 2003
The unique singer-songwriter's 11th LP was produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams).
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.5
2 39.

2

by All Girl Summer Fun Band
April 22, 2003
'2' is the aptly-named second album for the Portland-based indie-pop quartet.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
The Black Album 40.

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
Lost in Translation OST 41.

Lost in Translation OST

by Original Soundtrack
September 9, 2003
The soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's second feature film includes the first new music in over ten years from My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields (who scored much of the film), new music from Air, and older tracks from Squarepusher, Jesus And Mary Chain, and Death In Vegas.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6
Ghosts Of The Great Highway 42.

Ghosts Of The Great Highway

by Sun Kil Moon
November 4, 2003
'Ghosts' marks the debut of the latest band from Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters). Filling out the lineup are RHP drummer Anthony Koutsos, American Music Club drummer Tim Mooney, and bassist Geoff Sanfield (Black Lab).
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6
Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn 43.

Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn

by Do Make Say Think
October 7, 2003
The Toronto, Canada-based quartet returns with a fourth LP of psychedelic post-rock instrumentals, divided, as the title suggests, into three movements.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
Yoko 44.

Yoko

by Beulah
September 9, 2003
The San Francisco group's fourth album is its darkest in mood so far, perhaps a result of several changes in band membership since 2001's 'The Coast Is Never Clear.'
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Transatlanticism 45.

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:
8.7
The Smell Of Our Own 46.

The Smell Of Our Own

by The Hidden Cameras
May 6, 2003
If you can picture an explicitly gay version of the Polyphonic Spree recording church music, then you have a general idea of this unconventional debut album from Toronto, Canada's Hidden Cameras.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.3
Send 47.

Send

by Wire
April 28, 2003
The legendary English band, now re-formed, reunited and reinvigorated, return with their first LP in over a dozen years, with a sound that recalls the punk energy of their 1970s albums while sounding completely modern. Note that 7 of the 11 tracks here are also found in some form on 2002's twin "Read & Burn" EPs.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
The Violet Hour 48.

The Violet Hour

by The Clientele
July 8, 2003
The London-based band follow their singles collection ('Suburban Light') with this, their first true studio LP, which continues their hazy, 60s-influenced sound developed in those earlier songs.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
The Fine Art of Self-Destruction 49.

The Fine Art of Self-Destruction

by Jesse Malin
January 28, 2003
Frontman of New York-based glam-rockers D Generation throughtout the 1990s, singer-songwriter Jesse Malin enlisted pal Ryan Adams to produce and play on this solo debut, which quickly garnered plaudits from the UK music press upon its fall 2002 release.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Her Majesty The Decemberists 50.

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
Out of Season 51.

Out of Season

by Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
October 7, 2003
The first solo outing for Portishead's Beth Gibbons finds her teaming up with former Talk Talk bassist Paul "Rustin' Man" Webb on a largely acoustic, melodic collection of 10 tracks.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Truly She Is None Other 52.

Truly She Is None Other

by Holly Golightly
July 29, 2003
A former member of Billy Childish's band Thee Headcoatees, Holly Golightly has gained a wider following in recent months due to her guest appearance on The White Stripes' 'Elephant.' New devotees will have a lot to discover: this is her ninth solo album since 1995.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
The Remote Part 53.

The Remote Part

by Idlewild
March 25, 2003
The third album for the Scottish rockers is already a big hit with UK music fans, helped by the success of lead single "You Held the World in Your Arms."
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
Once In A Lifetime 54.

Once In A Lifetime

by Talking Heads
November 18, 2003
This 3-disc attractively-packaged retrospective on the groundbreaking New York band includes completely remastered tracks from each of their studio LPs as well as the same previously-unreleased-on-CD demos and new tracks included on the earlier 2-disc Sand In the Vaseline complilation. Also included are never-before-released alternate versions of five songs. The set also contains a DVD with an updated version of the Talking Heads music video compilation Storytelling Giant, with three additional videos not found on the original VHS release.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Red Dirt Road 55.

Red Dirt Road

by Brooks & Dunn
July 15, 2003
The duo of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn return with a follow-up to 2001's 'Steers and Stripes.'
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Me & Giuliani Down By the School Yard (A True Story) [EP] 56.

Me & Giuliani Down By the School Yard (A True Story) [EP]

by !!! [Chik Chik Chik]
June 3, 2003
Search engines hate them, but !!! (pronounced "Chik Chik Chik," of course) are popular with live audiences for their funkier, dancier (yes, that's a word--trust us) approach to indie music. The Sacramento band shares three members with Out Hud, and this is their 2-song debut for Touch And Go (with a full album to follow in 2004).
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.3
Identity Crisis 57.

Identity Crisis

by Shelby Lynne
September 16, 2003
Don't be fooled by the title: While 'Identity Crisis' would have perfectly suited her poorly-received predecessor, 2001's Glen Ballard-produced 'Love, Shelby,' that's not the case here, as these 12 self-produced tracks are more likely to connect with fans of her breakthrough disc 'I Am Shelby Lynne.'
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.3
Shine A Light 58.

Shine A Light

by The Constantines
August 19, 2003
The Ontario, Canada band makes its Sub Pop (and U.S.) debut with this, their second LP, which mixes alternative rock with punk and soul.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Think Tank 59.

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:
8.7
Master And Everyone 60.

Master And Everyone

by Bonnie "Prince" Billy
January 28, 2003
Don't know Bonnie "Prince" Billy? You may know him better by his given name, Will Oldham, who recorded under his name as well as Palace Music throughout the 1990s. This is his third album under the Billy moniker, and features contributions from members of Lambchop.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
It Still Moves 61.

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
Deliverance 62.

Deliverance

by Bubba Sparxxx
September 16, 2003
Linebacker large, white, and very country, Bubba Sparxxx nevertheless became an overnight success with his 2001 hip-hop debut 'Dark Days, Bright Nights,' which was co-produced by Timbaland. This follow-up LP was also helmed by Timbaland and Organized Noize.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
The Mess We Made 63.

The Mess We Made

by Matt Elliott
May 13, 2003
Recording under his own name for the first time rather than his usual Third Eye Foundation (definitely not to be confused with Third Eye Blind), Bristol, England's Matt Elliott returns with a dark, moody collection of lo-fi, sample-based electronica.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Bright Yellow Bright Orange 64.

Bright Yellow Bright Orange

by The Go-Betweens
February 18, 2003
After taking 12 years off prior to 2000's 'The Friends of Rachel Worth,' the legendary Australian indie-pop band is suddenly undergoing a bout of creativity as evidenced by yet another release this very same decade.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Red Devil Dawn 65.

Red Devil Dawn

by Crooked Fingers
January 21, 2003
Crooked Fingers is a side project for Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann. This third album follows in the dark, drunken-blues/Americana tradition of the first two, which drew Bachmann comparisons to Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, among others.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
8 Million Stories 66.

8 Million Stories

by Soul Position
October 7, 2003
This is the full-length debut for the Ohio-based duo of acclaimed hip-hop producer RJD2 and emcee Blueprint.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
Dressy Bessy 67.

Dressy Bessy

by Dressy Bessy
August 26, 2003
This is the third studio album for the Denver-based indie pop band led by Tammy Ealom.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.1
Burn Piano Island, Burn 68.

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:
8.5
You Are Free 69.

You Are Free

by Cat Power
February 18, 2003
Chan Marshall's first album of new material since 1998 was recorded in Los Angeles with Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam), who in turn brought in friends such as Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
I Am The Fun Blame Monster 70.

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:
8.7
Mouthfuls 71.

Mouthfuls

by Fruit Bats
April 8, 2003
Yet another experimental indie band to arise out of the Chicago scene, the Fruit Bats are the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Eric Johnson, who has played with Ugly Casanova, I Rowboat, and Califone. On this second Fruit Bats LP, he is joined by Gillian Lisee and producer Brian Deck.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
Transfiguration Of Vincent 72.

Transfiguration Of Vincent

by M. Ward
March 18, 2003
A former member of the San Luis Obispo, Calif. trio Rodriguez, singer-songwriter M. Ward gained a bit of a following while supporting Bright Eyes on tour in 2002, and has drawn comparisons to Giant Sand, Tom Waits, and Grandaddy. This is his third solo release.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
De-Loused In The Comatorium 73.

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
Electric Version 74.

Electric Version

by The New Pornographers
May 6, 2003
The Vancouver, Canada indie supergroup attempts to duplicate the success of 2000's 'Mass Romantic' with this sophomore release. Neko Case returns to handle vocal duties.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Lowedges 75.

Lowedges

by Richard Hawley
May 20, 2003
Named after a suburb of his native Sheffield, England, 'Lowedges' is the third solo release for the Pulp guitarist.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Haha Sound 76.

Haha Sound

by Broadcast
August 12, 2003
This is just the second full-length recording for the Birmingham, England experimental pop outfit founded in 1995. Included here is the track "Pendulum" from the recent EP of the same name.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
band red 77.

band red

by KaitO
May 20, 2003
This is the sophomore disc for the Norwich, England rock band (led by excitable vocalist Nikki Colk) who at times recall a harder-rocking Electrelane or a UK version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Wonderful Rainbow 78.

Wonderful Rainbow

by Lightning Bolt
March 4, 2003
No, it's not *that* kind of drum'n'bass album. Instead, Rhode Island's Lightning Bolt literally consists of just two instrumentalists on drum and bass, and together the pair generate an experimental sonic fury on this, their second full-length.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
Movement 79.

Movement

by Gossip
May 6, 2003
This is the second full-length for the Olympia, Wash-based indie-punk trio led by powerful singer Beth Ditto.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
The Long Goodbye 80.

The Long Goodbye

by The Essex Green
April 8, 2003
The Brooklyn-based Elephant 6-style band (which shares some members with Ladybug Transistor) returns with a second LP.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Systems/Layers 81.

Systems/Layers

by Rachel's
October 7, 2003
The fifth LP for the chamber-pop trio is a collaboration with the New York-based progressive theater collective SITI Company.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Sing The Sorrow 82.

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
These Are The Vistas 83.

These Are The Vistas

by The Bad Plus
February 11, 2003
This is not your ordinary jazz trio. For their major-label debut, The Bad Plus work with alt-rock producer Tchad Blake, and include covers of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," and Aphex Twin's "Flim" among their seven original tracks.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.4
1972 84.

1972

by Josh Rouse
August 26, 2003
The fifth album from the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter is indeed influenced by the music of 1972 (the year Rouse was born).
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Summer Of The Shark 85.

Summer Of The Shark

by Portastatic
April 8, 2003
Portastatic is a side project for Superchunk's Mac McCaughan (who also is part owner of Merge Records). On this, his first Portastatic LP since 1997, he is joined by Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss as well as members of Sparklehorse and Lambchop.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
The Old Kit Bag 86.

The Old Kit Bag

by Richard Thompson
May 6, 2003
On an indie label for the first time in almost two decades, the veteran British folk-rocker returns with a stripped-down sound, courtesy of producer John Chelew.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
The Coral 87.

The Coral

by The Coral
March 4, 2003
This debut effort from Liverpool's The Coral is an inventive mix of numerous musical styles.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Heart 88.

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:
8.5
Let Go 89.

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
Cedars 90.

Cedars

by Clearlake
October 21, 2003
This sophomore LP (and U.S. debut) for the English band was produced by the Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Tasty 91.

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:
8.3
New York Noise 92.

New York Noise

by Various Artists
June 30, 2003
This 16-track compilation offers an impressive sampling of the New York underground scene from the late 1970s and early 80s, including cuts from "no-wave," post-punk, experimental and hip-hop artists such as ESG, Material, DNA, Defunkt, and Liquid Liquid.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
A Little Deeper 93.

A Little Deeper

by Ms. Dynamite
March 11, 2003
A former member of UK hip-hop outfit So Solid Crew, Ms. Dynamite (aka Niomi McLean-Daley) earned Britain's Mercury Music Prize for this debut effort.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Dangerous Magical Noise 94.

Dangerous Magical Noise

by The Dirtbombs
November 4, 2003
This is the third full-length for the Detroit garage rockers led by guitarist Mick Collins (ex of the Gories) and featuring a supersized rhythm section of two bass players and two drummers. Included in early versions are bonus covers of Brian Eno's "King's Lead Hat" and Robyn Hitchcock's "Executioner of Love."
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Us 95.

Us

by Mull Historical Society
March 18, 2003
This is the second album for the quriky Scottish indie-pop duo of Colin MacIntyre and Alan Malloy.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Pig Lib 96.

Pig Lib

by Stephen Malkmus
March 18, 2003
The second solo release for the former Pavement leader (although it is credited to "Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks"), 'Pig Lib' features 11 new tracks.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
Hate 97.

Hate

by The Delgados
January 21, 2003
The Glasgow, Scotland-based band follow 2000's stunning 'The Great Eastern' with this, their fourth (and almost equally stunning) LP. Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev) returns as producer.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Wig In A Box: Songs From & Inspired By Hedwig & The Angry Inch 98.

Wig In A Box: Songs From & Inspired By Hedwig & The Angry Inch

by Various Artists
October 28, 2003
Exactly what the title says it is, this 16-track disc features songs from the Hedwig soundtrack (as well as new compositions inspired by the musical) interpreted by your favorite indie artists, including Yo La Tengo (with Yoko Ono!), Spoon, Robyn Hitchcock, The Polyphonic Spree, Frank Black, The Breeders, Bob Mould, and more.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
O 99.

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
Monday At The Hug & Pint 100.

Monday At The Hug & Pint

by Arab Strap
April 22, 2003
The dour Glasgow-based duo of Aidan Moffat and Malcom Middleton return for their fifth studio album, with guest contributions from members of Bright Eyes and Mogwai.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3

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