TOP MUSIC RELEASES OF 2003 | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS



38. The Decemberists- Her Majesty The Decemberists- Elephant 6 style indie-psych.

37. Cat Power- We are Free- Heartfelt, impressionistic balladry of the highest order.

36. American Analog Set- Promise of Love- Serenely crafted soothing indie-pop.

35. Spiritualized- Complete Work Vol. 1- Space rock Gods best of collection.

34. The Books- The Lemon of Pink- A beautiful neo-folk and electronic sound collage.

33. Schneider TM- 6 Peace- Robotic pop for the technologically possessed.

32. Cyann and Ben- Spring- Space pop and lo-fi indie merge to nocturnal bliss.

31. Fischerspooner- #1- Electroclash for the underground club set.

30. Irving- I Hope You're Feeling Better Now- 60's tinged indie psych pop.

29. Broadcast- HaHa Sound LP/Pendulum EP- Avant-electro with retro sensibility.

28. Rachel's- Systems/Layer- Post urban melospheric symphony.

27. Wire- Send- Seminal Brit-punk legends revive their classic minimalist sound.

26. The Rapture- Echoes- Dance punk meets new wave of the 21st century.

25. Plaid- Spokes- Angular, Escheresque, and soulful Intelligent Dance Music.

24. Menomena- I Am the Fun Blame Monster- Multi-phonic loop based indie-pop.

23. Goldfrapp- Black Cherry- Smooth and sexy electro journey into a cinematic world.

22. Adult.- Anxiety Always- Electro-clash ala Joy Division having an anxiety attack.

21. Tricky- Vulnerable- Trip-hop's macabre front man releases one of his best to date.

20. Autechre- Draft 7.30- IDM gods release digital audio-sculpture for the sensory savvy.

19. Four Tet- Rounds- Post-rock-folktronica in neo-classical instrumentation.

18. Aphex Twin- 26 Mixes for Cash- 2 cd set of reworks from the Godfather of IDM.

17. Broken Social Scene- You Forgot It in People- Neo-Indie Art Rock.

16. Medicine- The Mechanical Forces of Love- Electroglitch with a whiff of shoegaze.

15. Exploding Hearts- Guitar Romantic- Power Pop-Punk bred on The Clash/Jam.

14. Clearlake- Cedars- Brit-Indie-Pop-Rock rooted in XTC and early Blur.

13. The Wrens- The Meadowlands- Richly layered hooky indie rock for the GBV/Yo La Tengo Set.

12. Yo La Tengo- Summer Sun- Melodic dreamy indie pop in quiet beauty.

11. Prefuse 73- One Word Extinguisher- Leftfield blip-hop with a cut and paste tonality.

10. The Shins- Chutes too Narrow- British influenced Indie-Rock from America.

9. Sun Kil Moon- Ghosts of the Great Highway- Neil Young meets a mod Nick Drake.

8. Mojave 3- Spoon and Rafter- Pink Floyd tinged spaced out brit-gaze indie-rock.

7. Sweet Trip- Velocity: Design: Comfort- Shoegaze awash in IDM electro-glitchery.

6. Radiohead- Hail to the Thief- meshes Kid A electro with OK Computer epic rock.

5. Manitoba- Up in Flames- 60's psych rock with indie-electro and dreampop tones

4. Ms. John Soda- No P or D- German electro-acoustic lap-pop.

3. Guided By Voices- Hardcore UFO's- Indie legends greatest hits and rarities box set.

2. M83- Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts- Synthgaze- Air meets My Bloody Valentine.

1. TV on the Radio- Young Liars EP- Incredibly unique fuse of guitars, feedback, muted electronics and soulful vocals (early Peter Gabriel meets Seal).


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