Album Releases by Score

SMiLE 1.

SMiLE

by Brian Wilson
September 28, 2004
Well, better 37 years late than never. Originally intended to be the Beach Boys' 1967 follow-up to their legendary 'Pet Sounds,' 'Smile' was finally recorded as originally intended in April 2004 by Wilson and his current band, including co-songwriter Van Dyke Parks.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
7.9
Van Lear Rose 2.

Van Lear Rose

by Loretta Lynn
April 27, 2004
It's been over 40 years since she released her first album (and four since her last, 2000's 'Still Country'), but the coal miner's daughter returns to the spotlight with this 13-track effort (all Lynn-penned originals), produced by The White Stripes' Jack White.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.4
Madvillainy 3.

Madvillainy

by Madvillain
March 23, 2004
'Madvillainy' is a collaboration between rapper MF Doom and producer Madlib.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
Boy In Da Corner 4.

Boy In Da Corner

by Dizzee Rascal
January 20, 2004
This is the debut disc for the 18-year-old London-based rapper (born Dylan Mills), who has been heralded by (among others) Uncut magazine as "good as any MC currently active on Earth."
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
A Grand Don't Come For Free 5.

A Grand Don't Come For Free

by The Streets
May 18, 2004
Mike Skinner returns with the inenviable job of following up his genre-smashing debut 'Original Pirate Material,' which was an enormous critical and commercial hit in the UK and paved the way for the success of later acts such as Dizzee Rascal.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.9
Candi Staton 6.

Candi Staton

by Candi Staton
February 24, 2004
This 26-track disc compiles (for the first time on CD) songs from the acclaimed soul singer's 1969-1973 Muscle Shoals period when she recorded for Fame Records--a period that netted her 12 consecutive Billboard R&B hits.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
Funeral 7.

Funeral

by Arcade Fire
September 14, 2004
The Montreal band founded by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne make their full-length debut with this highly anticipated disc.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
HoboSapiens 8.

HoboSapiens

by John Cale
September 7, 2004
Produced by Nick Franglen of Lemon Jelly, 'Hobo Sapiens' finds the 61-year-old Cale still willing to explore new musical territory. Note that none of the 12 songs here were on the "5 Tracks" EP released earlier in 2003.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
Last Exit 9.

Last Exit

by Junior Boys
September 21, 2004
This is the first full-length release from the hard-to-pin down Canadian synth-pop trio led by Jeremy Greenspan.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
Ta Det Lugnt 10.

Ta Det Lugnt

by Dungen
June 21, 2004
This is the third album of psychedelic-rock tunes from Swedish multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Gustav Ejstes.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
From A Basement On The Hill 11.

From A Basement On The Hill

by Elliott Smith
October 19, 2004
The late singer-songwriter was nearly done with this highly anticipated album at the time of his death in 2003.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.9
Rejoicing In The Hands 12.

Rejoicing In The Hands

by Devendra Banhart
May 4, 2004
The second LP from the New York-based artist/musician/crazy hippie Devendra Banhart (who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute) includes 16 of the 32 lo-fi tracks recorded in the living room of veteran recording engineer Lynn Bridges. The remaining 16 will be released on a separate album later in 2004.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus 13.

Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus

by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
October 26, 2004
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' 13th album actually spans two separate discs, each produced by Nick Launay. And speaking of the Bad Seeds, longtime member Blixa Bargeld has been replaced by James Johnston (Gallon Drunk).
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
College Dropout 14.

College Dropout

by Kanye West
February 10, 2004
The in-demand Chicago-based producer makes his debut with the help of guests Ludacris, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Dirt McGirt, and more.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Showtime 15.

Showtime

by Dizzee Rascal
September 14, 2004
The UK rapper follows his Mercury Music Prize-winning debut 'Boy In The Corner' with this sophomore release.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
The Dirty South 16.

The Dirty South

by Drive-By Truckers
August 24, 2004
No, the Drive-By Truckers haven't gone all gangsta rap on us; the title is just one example of the southern rockers' playful side. Founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley remain, although their surrounding cast has changed a bit since the acclaimed 'Decoration Day.'
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Now, More Than Ever 17.

Now, More Than Ever

by Jim Guthrie
June 1, 2004
The third solo disc from the Canadian singer-songwriter and member of Royal City features members of Hidden Cameras, Royal City and The Constantines.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Franz Ferdinand 18.

Franz Ferdinand

by Franz Ferdinand
March 9, 2004
The most hyped band to come out of the UK in early 2004 is Glasgow, Scotland's Franz Ferdinand, an art-rock quartet who make their full-length debut with this self-titled release, the winner of the UK's coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2004.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Favourite Colours 19.

Favourite Colours

by The Sadies
August 24, 2004
The Toronto, Canada country-surf-rockers led by the Good brothers (Dallas and Travis) return with a self-produced effort. Robyn Hitchcock guests on one track.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Seven Swans 20.

Seven Swans

by Sufjan Stevens
March 16, 2004
The indie singer-songwriter's fourth solo album, produced by Danielson Famile's Daniel Smith, follows on the heels of his critically-lauded 2003 effort 'Greetings From Michigan.'
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts 21.

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

by M83
July 27, 2004
The second release from French electronica duo M83 takes shoegaze classics such as 'Loveless' as an inspiration, with synths taking the place of guitars.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 22.

Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2

by Jill Scott
August 31, 2004
The soul singer returns with a follow-up to her Grammy-nominated debut.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
The Futureheads 23.

The Futureheads

by The Futureheads
October 26, 2004
This debut LP from the English band certainly recalls English bands from the early 80s, most notably XTC.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.7
Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine 24.

Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine

by Cee Lo Green
March 2, 2004
Like fellow Atlanta hip hoppers OutKast, Cee-Lo has trouble sticking to a single genre, as he mixes up styles throughout this sophomore release. Timbaland, The Neptunes and Ludacris guest.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition 25.

Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition

by Murs
March 23, 2004
The Los Angeles-based indie rapper's second Def Jux disc was produced by 9th Wonder.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Bubblegum 26.

Bubblegum

by Mark Lanegan Band
August 10, 2004
The former Screaming Trees member and Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator returns with his sixth solo album, credited to the Mark Lanegan Band. Guests include Ween, PJ Harvey, Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
The Real New Fall L.P. (Formerly Country On The Click) 27.

The Real New Fall L.P. (Formerly Country On The Click)

by The Fall
June 15, 2004
Yes, as you may have surmised, this is the real new Fall full-length (just one in a very, very long line of releases from the amazingly prolific Mark E. Smith and company). Originally titled 'Country On The Click,' this album was leaked in early stages on the Internet, but has since been remixed and resequenced.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Crimes 28.

Crimes

by The Blood Brothers
October 12, 2004
The fourth album for the abrasive, Seattle-based punk-rockers was produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead).
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground 29.

Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground

by Various Artists
October 12, 2004
This 82-song, 4-disc box set compiles various indie and alternative tracks from the 1980s across multiple genres, and includes music from both the decade's "biggest" names (The Smiths, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, Violent Femmes, etc.) as well as lesser-known artists such as The Raincoats, Green On Red, and The Lyres.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Medulla 30.

Medulla

by Björk
August 31, 2004
What the Icelandic singer's fifth album lacks in instrumentation (although there is a bit, provided by members of Matmos, Mum, and other collaborators), it makes up for with voices--lots and lots of voices. Think everything from beatboxing (including contributions from The Roots' Rahzel), choirs and Inuit throat-singing to, well, Mike Patton.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Blue Cathedral 31.

Blue Cathedral

by Comets On Fire
July 27, 2004
The psychedelic indie-rockers from Santa Cruz, Calif. make their Sub Pop debut with this third disc. Guitarist Ben Chasny has been added to the lineup, supplementing the original quartet led by vocalist/guitarist Ethan Miller.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.1
Our Endless Numbered Days 32.

Our Endless Numbered Days

by Iron & Wine
March 23, 2004
Miami, Fla. singer-songwriter Sam Beam (who moonlights as a cinematography professor) returns with his second album, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat) at the helm.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Ocean's Twelve OST 33.

Ocean's Twelve OST

by David Holmes
December 7, 2004
The British DJ and composer one again provides the score for Steven Soderbergh's caper flick, as he did for Ocean's Eleven.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
ONoffON 34.

ONoffON

by Mission of Burma
May 4, 2004
This 16-track disc (complete with a brief intermission between 'sets') marks the first studio recording in a whopping 22 years for the Boston-based trio of Roger Miller (guitar, vocals), Clint Conley (bass, vocals) and Peter Prescott (drums, vocals), with production by Bob Weston and Rick Harte and additional instrumentation on two tracks by the band Rachel's.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
The Pretty Toney Album 35.

The Pretty Toney Album

by Ghostface Killah
April 20, 2004
The former Wu-Tang member's fourth solo album (and first since ditching the "Killah" portion of his name) features contributions from Missy Elliott, Jadakiss and RZA.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Cast Of Thousands 36.

Cast Of Thousands

by Elbow
January 27, 2004
The Manchester band follow their Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut 'Asleep In The Back' with this ambitious 11-track sophomore disc.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6
The Royal Society 37.

The Royal Society

by The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
October 25, 2004
Chris Goss (Kyuss) produced this second album for the UK rockers.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.9
Modern Apprentice 38.

Modern Apprentice

by Ikara Colt
June 7, 2004
The London art rockers have changed their lineup for this sophomore release, dropping bassist Jon Ball for Tracy Bellaries. Alex Newport (At The Drive In, Icarus Line) produces.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Inches 39.

Inches

by Les Savy Fav
April 20, 2004
'Inches' compiles A- and B- sides from nine different singles (originally released on nine different labels) dating back to the Rhode Island band's inception in 1995.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.9
Secret Wars 40.

Secret Wars

by Oneida
January 20, 2004
Brooklyn's Oneida has been around a bit longer (since 1997) than some of their fellow bands in the New York neo-garage/punk/new wave scene, and 'Secret Wars' marks their sixth LP.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Faking The Books 41.

Faking The Books

by Lali Puna
April 20, 2004
This is the third LP for the German electro-pop outfit led by vocalist Valerie Trebeljahr and guitarist Markus Acher (also of The Notwist).
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
Sung Tongs 42.

Sung Tongs

by Animal Collective
June 1, 2004
The Brooklyn-based collective (on this release, reduced to the duo of Avey Tare and Panda Bear) combine vocal harmonies, a pair of acoustic guitars, and diverse influences into a unique sound on this latest release.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
Escondida 43.

Escondida

by Jolie Holland
April 27, 2004
'Escondida' marks the first solo studio disc for the Texas-born folk singer-songwriter who also co-founded the Canadian group The Be Good Tanyas.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Good News For People Who Love Bad News 44.

Good News For People Who Love Bad News

by Modest Mouse
April 6, 2004
Produced by Dennis Herring (Camper Van Beethoven), the latest release from the Seattle-based indie rockers sees a return of guitarist Dann Gallucci (last with the band on Sad Sappy Sucker) and a new drummer (Benjamin Weikel) as well as a guest spot from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
Homesongs 45.

Homesongs

by Adem
July 27, 2004
This is the solo debut for Adem Ilhan of the English electronica/post-rock band Fridge (whose lineup also includes Four Tet's Kieran Hebden). Unlike in Fridge (which is an instrumental outfit), Adem sings over these ten quiet, folksy tracks.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
A Boot And A Shoe 46.

A Boot And A Shoe

by Sam Phillips
April 27, 2004
Husband T Bone Burnett produced this latest effort for the singer-songwriter, her first in three years.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
Pyramid Electric Co. 47.

Pyramid Electric Co.

by Jason Molina
January 20, 2004
The Songs: Ohia leader offers seven new tracks on this completely solo release, the first he has recorded under his own name. It is the result of a single session in Omaha with engineer Mike Mogis (who worked with Molia on the 'Ghost Tropic' album).
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.7
Our Shadows Will Remain 48.

Our Shadows Will Remain

by Joseph Arthur
October 12, 2004
The singer-songwriter recorded this fourth LP in New Orleans.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Niño Rojo 49.

Niño Rojo

by Devendra Banhart
September 21, 2004
Nino Rojo, the eccentric singer-songwriter's second release of 2004, was recorded during the same sessions that produced 'Rejoicing In The Hands.'
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
You're A Woman, I'm A Machine 50.

You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

by Death from Above 1979
October 26, 2004
'You're A Woman' is the first album for the Canadian duo of vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler. It's a drum 'n' bass album in the literal sense of the term, as those are the only two instruments (aside from a very infrequent synthesizer) on the record.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.9
Frozen Orange 51.

Frozen Orange

by David Kilgour
August 24, 2004
This solo disc from the co-founder of New Zealand rockers The Clean includes backing by members of Lambchop.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Panda Park 52.

Panda Park

by 90 Day Men
February 24, 2004
The third full-length for the Chicago-based art-rock four-piece was produced (like its predecessor) by John Congleton.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
The Ride 53.

The Ride

by Los Lobos
May 4, 2004
The Los Angeles band celebrates 30 years in the music business with this 12th studio recording, the first the band has self-produced. Guests include Café Tacuba, Dave Alvin, Tom Waits, Ruben Blades and Elvis Costello.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Love Songs For Patriots 54.

Love Songs For Patriots

by American Music Club
October 12, 2004
'Love Songs' is the first new studio album in ten years for a reunited Mark Eitzel & co.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Universal Audio 55.

Universal Audio

by The Delgados
September 28, 2004
The fifth and final album from The Delgados (released on the band's own Chemikal Underground label) was co-produced with Tony Doogan. It ditches the strings of its orchestral predecessor, 'Hate,' to take a much poppier approach.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Album Of The Year 56.

Album Of The Year

by The Good Life
August 10, 2004
The Good Life is a side project for Cursive's Tim Kasher, and this third full-length release (following the 'Lovers Need Lawyers' EP) finds him joined by Stefanie Drootin, Ryan Fox and Roger Lewis.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Venice 57.

Venice

by Fennesz
March 22, 2004
Vienna's Christian Fennesz, who creates ambient electronica based on processed guitar sounds, returns with his first solo studio effort in four years. David Sylvian guests on one track.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Weightlifting 58.

Weightlifting

by Trash Can Sinatras
August 31, 2004
The fourth album for the veteran Scottish band is their first album release in eight years and first U.S. release since 1993's 'I've Seen Everything.'
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Bright Like Neon Love 59.

Bright Like Neon Love

by Cut Copy
May 18, 2004
This debut by Australian Dan Whitford mixes retro-synth pop with some guitars and live instrumentation.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Now Soon Someday [EP] 60.

Now Soon Someday [EP]

by Beans
March 2, 2004
The former Anti-Pop Consortium member's second solo release is a nine-song EP, with six new tracks and three remixes by Kings, Prefuse 73 and El-P.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Rubber Factory 61.

Rubber Factory

by The Black Keys
September 7, 2004
The blues-rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return with their third album, so-named because it was recorded in a deserted rubber (tire) factory.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Scissor Sisters 62.

Scissor Sisters

by Scissor Sisters
July 27, 2004
Although a New York band, Scissor Sisters (as evidenced by this debut disc) are definitely not part of the typical New York scene, eschewing garage and no wave to embrace campier, glammier 70s and 80s rock and dance music sounds. Included here is the band's cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
a ghost is born 63.

a ghost is born

by Wilco
June 22, 2004
When you record one of the most acclaimed albums of the decade, what do you do for an encore? If you are Jeff Tweedy & co., you return with both old (Jim O'Rourke again producing) and new (yet another lineup change) for your fifth studio LP.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
MM..Food 64.

MM..Food

by MF Doom
November 16, 2004
MF Doom drops his first solo record (under the MF Doom name) since 1999's 'Operation Doomsday.'
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Penance Soiree 65.

Penance Soiree

by The Icarus Line
May 4, 2004
Alan Moulder mixed this sophomore disc for the hard-rocking Los Angeles band, known for their black and red "uniforms" and strong live sets.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
Aw C'Mon 66.

Aw C'Mon

by Lambchop
February 17, 2004
Recorded at the same time and released on the same day, 'Aw C'Mon' and 'No, You C'Mon' are actually intended as separate albums, rather than two parts of a double album. The Nashville String Machine lends strings to each.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
The Tigers Have Spoken 67.

The Tigers Have Spoken

by Neko Case
November 9, 2004
The New Pornographers singer (and accomplished solo artist) offers up a live set of originals and eclectic covers, backed by The Sadies.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Since We Last Spoke 68.

Since We Last Spoke

by RJD2
May 18, 2004
The underground hip-hop producer (also a member of Soul Position) returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed 2002 Def Jux Debut, 'Dead Ringer.'
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
What I Do 69.

What I Do

by Alan Jackson
September 7, 2004
One of the rare country music stars who is both a critical and commercial success (and without crossing over into pop), Jackson returns with a follow-up to his huge 2002 hit 'Drive.'
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Fabulous Muscles 70.

Fabulous Muscles

by Xiu Xiu
February 17, 2004
This is the third full-length album for the challenging, intensely personal Bay Area post-punk outfit led by Jamie Stewart.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Me First 71.

Me First

by The Elected
February 3, 2004
Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett is the mastermind behind this collective, which includes contributions from members of Azure Ray and Ozma and production from Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and Jimmy Tamborello (DNTEL, Postal Service).
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Street's Disciple 72.

Street's Disciple

by Nas
November 30, 2004
Nas co-produced this double album along with Salaam Remi, Q-Tip and L.E.S. Also stopping by to lend a hand (or a voice) are Busta Rhymes, Kelis, Ludacris and Maxwell.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
The Slow Wonder 73.

The Slow Wonder

by A.C. Newman
June 8, 2004
This is the first solo release for Carl Newman, who can also be found leading indie-rock supergroup The New Pornographers as well as the (now defunct) Canadian power-pop band Zumpano.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
The Libertines 74.

The Libertines

by The Libertines
August 31, 2004
While some eponymous albums suggest a lack of creativity, the heralded UK rock outfit's sophomore disc is titled 'The Libertines' because it is indeed about The Libertines--or, more specifically, about the ongoing conflict between the band's two songwriters, Carlos Barat and Pete Doherty (the latter of whom was subsequently kicked out of the band after three failed rehab attempts). The Clash's Mick Jones returns as producer.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Pawn Shoppe Heart 75.

Pawn Shoppe Heart

by The Von Bondies
March 9, 2004
The Detroit garage rockers make their major-label debut with this sophomore album, which was produced by Jerry Harrison.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
The Grind Date 76.

The Grind Date

by De La Soul
October 5, 2004
The group's first release on its own AOI label features guests such as Ghostface, MF Doom, Sean Paul, Common and that noted MC Spike Lee. Production assistance comes from Madlib and 9th Wonder.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Miss Machine 77.

Miss Machine

by The Dillinger Escape Plan
July 20, 2004
The inventive but challenging hardcore outfit returns with their first full-length studio recording since 1999's 'Calculating Infinity.'
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Now Here Is Nowhere 78.

Now Here Is Nowhere

by Secret Machines
May 18, 2004
This is the full-length debut for the Dallas, TX trio of brothers Benjamin and Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Antics 79.

Antics

by Interpol
September 28, 2004
The New York-based foursome of Paul Banks, Carlos D., Sam Fogarino and Daniel Kessler took indie rockers worldwide by storm (and made Matador a lot of money) with 2002's 'Turn On The Bright Lights,' which introduced their neck-stabbing guitar-rock mix of Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, and all of your other favorite 80s bands. That captivating sound returns on this sophomore release, which features many of the new tracks ("Narc," "Length Of Love," etc.) which first debuted live during their relentless touring over the past two years.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.9
A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief 80.

A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief

by Low
July 20, 2004
This three-disc box set, subtitled "10 Years of B-Sides and Rarities," is just that, collecting 56 tracks from the Duluth, MN slowcore trio. Also included in the set is a 32-page booklet and a DVD with videos, concert footage and documentaries.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Regard The End 81.

Regard The End

by Willard Grant Conspiracy
February 17, 2004
The Americana collective founded and led by fronted by Robert Fisher returns with a fifth LP. Co-founder/guitarist Paul Austin is no longer a full-time band member, but he appears on some tracks, as do Kristin Hersh, Chris Eckmen (The Walkabouts) and a variety of other guests.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Out Of The Shadow 82.

Out Of The Shadow

by Rogue Wave
July 13, 2004
Originally self-released by the band in 2003, this debut album for Rogue Wave (basically just namesake Zach Rogue, plus additional musicians on some songs) was remastered and re-released by Sub Pop in 2004.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
The Grey Album 83.

The Grey Album

by Danger Mouse
February 3, 2004
DJ Danger Mouse's bootleg hit, which mixes together vocals from Jay-Z's 'The Black Album' and music from The Beatles' 'The White Album,' has brought legal action from Beatles record label EMI, preventing record stores from selling the album.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes 84.

Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

by TV on the Radio
March 9, 2004
Brooklyn art-rockers TV On The Radio make their full-length debut with this release. The trio consists of vocalist/animator Tunde Adebimpe, multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek (who produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut) and guitarist Kyp Malone.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Shake The Sheets 85.

Shake The Sheets

by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
October 19, 2004
The latest stripped-down, somewhat political rock effort from Ted Leo was produced by Chris Shaw (Dashboard Confessional, Bob Dylan).
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.6
Retriever 86.

Retriever

by Ron Sexsmith
April 6, 2004
Martin Terefe returns as producer for this sixth LP from the Canadian singer-songwriter, which includes appearances by Ed Harcourt and members of Travis.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
The End Is Near 87.

The End Is Near

by The New Year
May 18, 2004
This is the sophomore disc for the Texas five-piece featuring former Bedhead co-founders (and current brothers) Matt and Bubba Kadane. The album was recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
Elk-Lake Serenade 88.

Elk-Lake Serenade

by Hayden
May 18, 2004
A bit more upbeat-sounding than its predecessors, 'Elk-Lake Serenade' is the fourth studio disc for Toronto singer-songwriter Hayden Desser (who draws frequent Neil Young comparisons, and not just for being Canadian).
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
No, You C'Mon 89.

No, You C'Mon

by Lambchop
February 17, 2004
Recorded at the same time and released on the same day, 'Aw, C'Mon' and 'No, You C'Mon' are actually intended as separate albums, rather than two parts of a double album. The Nashville String Machine lends strings to each.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
No Cities Left 90.

No Cities Left

by The Dears
October 12, 2004
They might sound Britpop (and at the very least, a bit like The Smiths), but this collective led by Murray Lightburn hails from Montreal, Canada. This is their second album and first U.S. release.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
This Week 91.

This Week

by Jean Grae
September 21, 2004
The underground New York MC returns with her sophomore LP, with some production assistance from 9th Wonder.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb 92.

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

by U2
November 23, 2004
The band's first new album since 2000, a more stripped-down, "classic U2" disc than previous efforts, was recorded chiefly with producer Steve Lillywhite, with Chris Thomas and Nellee Hooper also helming some tracks.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.2
Is All Over... The Map 93.

Is All Over... The Map

by Giant Sand
September 14, 2004
Howe Gelb is joined by producer John Parish and singers Vic Chesnutt and Patsy Jean on his latest Giant Sand offering.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Uh Huh Her 94.

Uh Huh Her

by PJ Harvey
June 8, 2004
On her seventh album, a sparser affair than her 2000 effort 'Stories From The City?,' PJ Harvey produced, mixed, and played all of the instruments herself (aside from drums, handled by Robert Ellis), with some additional production from Head.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.4
Get Away From Me 95.

Get Away From Me

by Nellie McKay
February 10, 2004
London-born, 19-year-old jazz vocalist Nellie McKay makes her debut with this 2-disc set produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Unlike contemporaries such as Norah Jones, McKay brings a darker edge and a sense of humor (and even a hint of hip hop) to her songs, all of which she wrote herself.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.7
Your Blues 96.

Your Blues

by Destroyer
March 9, 2004
This is the sixth album for the Vancouver, Canada indie rock outfit led by Dan Bejar (also of the New Pornographers).
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.6
Where The Humans Eat 97.

Where The Humans Eat

by Willy Mason
October 12, 2004
The Martha's Vineyard native recorded this debut LP of intelligent, folky rock when he was 19.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
American Idiot 98.

American Idiot

by Green Day
September 21, 2004
Structured as a rock opera complete with 9-minute-plus songs and a somewhat complicated storyline, 'American Idiot' is the Berkeley punk band's first album in over four years.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
i 99.

i

by Magnetic Fields
May 4, 2004
Stephin Merritt handles all of the vocal duties on Magnetic Fields' latest release (so named because each song title begins with the letter I), though the musicians who helped flesh out '69 Love Songs' return, including Claudia Gonson (also of Future Bible Heroes and the band's manager), John Woo and Sam Davol.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
The Greater Wrong Of The Right 100.

The Greater Wrong Of The Right

by Skinny Puppy
May 25, 2004
A reunited Nivek Ogre and cEvin Key return with their first Skinny Puppy album in eight years, with Ken Marshall (Tool) producing. (Apparently, their brand of hardcore political industrial noise is only needed during Republican administrations.)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 86

    Beyond the Pale - Jarv Is...

    • Release Date: Jul 17, 2020
    • User Score: 7.8
  2. 86

    Gold Record - Bill Callahan

    • Release Date: Sep 4, 2020
    • User Score: 8.4
  3. 85

    Hannah - Lomelda

    • Release Date: Sep 4, 2020
  4. 85

    Nothing as the Ideal - All Them Witches

    • Release Date: Sep 4, 2020
  5. 84

    RE-ANIMATOR - Everything Everything

    • Release Date: Sep 11, 2020
    • User Score: 8.4
Lowest of the Month
  1. 66

    What Is There - Delta Spirit

    • Release Date: Sep 11, 2020
  2. 68

    Tea for the Tillerman 2 - Yusuf

    • Release Date: Sep 18, 2020
  3. 68

    Every Feeling on a Loop - Josiah Johnson

    • Release Date: Sep 4, 2020
  4. 69

    Faith - Hurts

    • Release Date: Sep 4, 2020
    • User Score: 8.2
  5. 71

    Evening of New York Songs and Stories [Live] - Suzanne Vega

    • Release Date: Sep 11, 2020