Best Of 2003

    
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  Best Of 2003
January 15, 2004
  Blur PDF files may take a moment to load

For more than a decade, Blur has amazed fans and critics alike with every transformation they have made. After a four-year break, with singer/songwriter Damon Albarn focusing much attention on his side project Gorillaz, the band produced yet another great album. Even though guitarist Graham Coxon quit the band after disputes with album producer Fat Boy Slim, the final product, Think Tank, was still very true to the band's code of conduct.

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January 15, 2004
  OutkastPDF files may take a moment to load

Most of those in hip hop seem content photocopying the sounds of P-Funk and firmly entrenching themselves in their gangsta cliches, as if afraid of stepping out and being incinerated by the brilliance of Outkast. In what could be seen as a marketing move, Big Boi and Andre 3000 released their solo projects as a double album under the Outkast banner. What we get is a tour de force, startling in its ambition, scope and ability to transcend genres.

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January 15, 2004
  The UnicornsPDF files may take a moment to load

Oh, indie pop. With its swooning oohs and aahs, it's too cutesy for its own good. 

It's stuck in the rut of Sgt. Pepper-era psych experimentation, enough that one could see the unimaginative likes of Elf Power and The Flaming Lips dominating the genre forever. 

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January 15, 2004
  Martin TielliPDF files may take a moment to load

It's time to face facts: I'm just an awkward white boy at heart. Despite efforts to expand in funkier directions, to shake it like that proverbial Polaroid picture, my album of the year once again resides in the realm of rock and roll.

At least, on the fringe of rock and roll.

Martin Tielli has never been one to be easily classified. He's rock in the same sense that Queen is rock, or that Outkast is hip hop. It's just the easy label.

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January 15, 2004
  Calexico PDF files may take a moment to load

Picking a single best album for any year is a daunting, if not impossible, task. Sometimes it even seems slightly pointless. There is so much music out there that missing a great deal of it is inevitable. The truth about music is there will always be a few albums that are obviously amazing; it's picking one album out of this pool that becomes difficult.

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January 15, 2004
  28 Days LaterPDF files may take a moment to load

In my mind, few more than three exceptional zombie movies have ever been made. It's odd, the Italian horror explosion in the '70s opened the door for about 100 hack directors to ply their trade with countless "cinematic" offerings featuring torrents of blood and legions of undead.

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January 15, 2004
  Pirates of the CaribbeanPDF files may take a moment to load

There's a voice in my head telling me not to name Pirates of the Caribbean best movie of 2003. It's Disney, for crying out loud, and it's based on an amusement park ride! That means it's kin-folk with The Country Bears, and encouraging the production of that kind of dreck is treason of the worst kind.

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January 15, 2004
  SpellboundPDF files may take a moment to load

In America, spelling is a cutthroat game. A missing vowel, an extra consonant or, heaven forbid, a Canadian spelling could mean the difference between victory and heartache. And in the end, all but one will make a mistake.

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