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Media Whore’s Top 20 CD’s of 2003

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Better late then never. The list is quite diverse in musical styles I have to say. From pop to hip hop to alt rock – it’s all there.

1. Rufus Wainwright – “Want One” – This is just a gorgeous CD. The writing, vocal, arrangements all melt into one beautiful package.
Standout Song: “Beautiful Child”

2. Raveonettes – “Chain Gang of Love” – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Wall of Sound with distorted guitars.
Standout Song: “Remember”

3. Postal Service – “Give Up” – In the same vein as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Psychedelic Furs.
Standout Song: “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”

4. Jody Watley – “Midnight Lounge”
– This is not the Jody Watley of the ’80’s. Excellent smooth chill out grooves; from house to drum & bass.
Standout Song: “Saturday Night Experience”

5. Basement Jaxx – “Kish Kash” – The even make N Sync’s JC Chasez sound cool.
Standout Song: “Lucky Star”

6. Anthony Hamilton – “Comin’ From Where I’m From” – The best R&B, yes-actual R&B, CD of the year. Great voice, sound and production.
Standout Song: “Comin’ From Where I’m From”

7. The Shins – “Chutes Too Narrow” – The CD is full of amazing hooks and melodies. An acquired taste.
Standout Song: “Young Pilgrims”

8. Annie Lennox – “Bare” – Let’s not have to wait another 11 years for new solo material.
Standout Song: “A Thousand Beautiful Things”

9. Junior Senior – “D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop the Beat” – Just the think dance music needed. Something new and different.
Standout Song: “Move Your Feet”

10. Kristine W – “Fly Again” – The dance diva is back with her best CD to date. Great songs and that voice kills me everytime.
Standout Song: “Sing a Song”

11. Damien Rice – “O” – Haunting and never ordinary music with great lyrics to boot.
Standout Song: “Cold Water”

12. The White Stripes – “Elephant” – Love ’em or hate ’em this is a fantastic CD.
Standout Song: “Seven Nation Army”

13. Outkast- “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”
– Overplayed, but still greatly creative hip-hop.
Standout Song: “Hey Ya!”

14. Seal – “Seal IV” – Soul baring songs, and great delivery.
Standout Song: “Love’s Divine”

15. Cat Power – “You Are Free” – A very stark CD, but beautiful arrangements.
Standout Song: “He War”

16. The Thrills – “So Much For the City” – Dublin, meet the Beach Boys.
Standout Song: “Big Sur”

17. Black Eyed Peas – “Elephunk” – Treading the fine line between hip-hop/rap and pop. It’s just funkalicious.
Standout Song: “Where Is the Love”

18. Travis – “12 Memories” – Beautiful arrangements and an amazing sound. It’s a darker CD than the previous two.
Standout Song: “The Beautiful Occupation”

19. Dido – “Life For Rent” – A beautifully unique voice with some emotionally charged songs.
Standout Song: “Don’t Leave Home”

20. Ronald Isley – “Here I Am”
– Really amazing interpretations of Burt Bacharach songs. This CD took me totally by surprise.
Standout Song: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”

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  • Eric Olsen

    very nice MW, thanks!