Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2003

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2003

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50. Supersilent - 6

Supersilent - 6
January 20, 2003
Critic Score
87
5 reviews

49. Cyann & Ben - Spring

Cyann & Ben - Spring
February 17, 2004
Critic Score
71
3 reviews

47. George - The Magic Lantern

George - The Magic Lantern
January 1, 2003
Critic Score
82
1 review

46. M. Ward - Transfiguration of Vincent

M. Ward - Transfiguration of Vincent
March 18, 2003
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

45. Ms. John Soda - No P. or D.

Ms. John Soda - No P. or D.
October 7, 2002
Critic Score
89
3 reviews

44. Alejandra and Aeron - Bousha Blue Blazes

Alejandra and Aeron - Bousha Blue Blazes
January 1, 2003
Critic Score
85
1 review

43. The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark

The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark
September 23, 2003
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

42. Broadcast - Haha Sound

Broadcast - Haha Sound
August 12, 2003
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

An enveloping, mysterious record that marries the idealism of "the future of tomorrow today" to the stark reality of the post-millennial present and finds beauty and fascination in the tussle between melody and rhythm.

41. The Darkness - Permission to Land

The Darkness - Permission to Land
July 7, 2003
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

38. Califone - Quicksand / Cradlesnakes

Califone - Quicksand / Cradlesnakes
March 18, 2003
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

37. Danger Mouse & Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life

Danger Mouse & Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life
September 9, 2003
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

34. Cat Power - You Are Free

Cat Power - You Are Free
February 18, 2003
Critic Score
87
10 reviews

33. My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
September 9, 2003
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

32. Menomena - I Am the Fun Blame Monster

Menomena - I Am the Fun Blame Monster
June 20, 2003
Critic Score
89
5 reviews

Suffice to say, Menomena are a hugely creative band, and with I Am the Fun Blame Monster, they've managed to make an album that's extremely accessible yet entirely unconventional.

31. The Decemberists - Her Majesty the Decemberists

The Decemberists - Her Majesty the Decemberists
September 9, 2003
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

Colin Meloy's songwriting makes this band one of the strongest working today. His melodies are so perfect and his words so substantial that it reminds you how much slack you cut most other bands.

30. Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth

Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth
September 23, 2003
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

29. The Postal Service - Give Up

The Postal Service - Give Up
February 18, 2003
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

28. TV on the Radio - Young Liars

TV on the Radio - Young Liars
July 8, 2003
Critic Score
86
3 reviews

27. Ellen Allien - Berlinette

Ellen Allien - Berlinette
April 7, 2003
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

25. Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain

Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
September 16, 2003
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

24. The Clientele - The Violet Hour

The Clientele - The Violet Hour
July 8, 2003
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

22. OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
September 23, 2003
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

20. King Geedorah - Take Me to Your Leader

King Geedorah - Take Me to Your Leader
June 17, 2003
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

19. Non-Prophets - Hope

Non-Prophets - Hope
October 6, 2003
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

18. The Wrens - The Meadowlands

The Wrens - The Meadowlands
September 9, 2003
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

17. Jay-Z - The Black Album

Jay-Z - The Black Album
November 14, 2003
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

The prospect of hip-hop's finest producers laying down tracks for the final LP from the rap world's brightest talent has made The Black Album one of the most anticipated rap records of the decade. What's stunning is that it delivers rap's greatest career-ender since Outkast's Stankonia.

16. Deerhoof - Apple O'

Deerhoof - Apple O'
March 18, 2003
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

15. Four Tet - Rounds

Four Tet - Rounds
May 6, 2003
Critic Score
91
8 reviews

13. Mu - Afro Finger and Gel

Mu - Afro Finger and Gel
September 1, 2003
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

12. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner

Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
July 21, 2003
Critic Score
91
14 reviews

On his debut album, Boy in Da Corner, 18 year-old Dizzee Rascal instantly stakes a claim that East London is hip-hop's next great international outpost.

11. The Strokes - Room on Fire

The Strokes - Room on Fire
October 28, 2003
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

They may not be able to get away with milking this formula for many more albums, but for now, Room on Fire's eleven songs find them drowsily getting away with what they do best.

7. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
October 21, 2003
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

Not simply an excellent album, Chutes Too Narrow is also a powerful testament to pop music's capacity for depth, beauty and expressiveness.

5. Caribou - Up in Flames

Caribou - Up in Flames
March 31, 2003
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

4. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
June 10, 2003
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

For its moments of gravity and excellence, Hail to the Thief is an arrow, pointing toward the clearly darker, more frenetic territory the band have up to now only poked at curiously. 

2. The Books - The Lemon of Pink

The Books - The Lemon of Pink
October 14, 2003
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

1. The Rapture - Echoes

The Rapture - Echoes
October 21, 2003
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
Original Source: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5925-top-50-albums-of-2003/
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