Favorite Albums of the Year
1. Pink - Try This
I feel like I'm betraying my inner punk with placing this at #1, but it was the most compelling, interesting, and solid album I heard this year. Maybe I'm a bad, bad geek for not listening to enough music to like something more than this. But enough apologizing for my fawning. This is a great fucking record, and I pity you if you never hear it because you've written her off as just another diva-come-lately.
2. Deerhoof - Apple O'
I haven't revisited this album in over three months and the song "Flower" is still stuck in my head. If you like a little complexity along with the bombast, do yourself a favor and check out this record if you didn't when I first mentioned it.
3. Murs - End of The Beginning
Rap record of the year, hands down.
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
In the aftermath of the White Stripes/Strokes "simple" rock and roll revolution a couple of years ago, lotsa tiny, scruffy, ruff and tumble bands crawled out of the basement parties to the ranks of recording artists. Among them, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their first full length album - in a year that saw new albums from both the White Stripes and the Strokes. Psst, it was better than either of them.
5. Stellastar - S/T
There were probably better albums than this one in 2003. But I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this record, from front to back, hence it's coveted spot in the top 5.
Honorable mentions: Sleater-Kinney - One Beat, Fischerspooner - #1, Strokes - Room On Fire, Kelly Clarkson - Thankful, ZZ Top - Mescalero... also, I guess I should mention Detroit Cobras - Seven Easy Pieces... it is a fantastic record. technically it's release date is January 6th, but I heard it like 3 months ago. I know I'll forget about it by next year, so I wanna give them their props.
Most Disappointing Albums of The Year
1. Raveonettes - Chain Gang Of Love
2. White Stripes - Elephant
3. Distillers - Coral Fang
4. Linkin Park - Meteora
5. Rainer Maria - Long Knives Drawn
Just Plain Sucked
1. Britney Spears - In The Zone
2. Kelly Osbourne - Changes
3. Christina Aguilera - Stripped
4. Justin Timberlake - Justified
5. Nickelback - The Long Road