10 Ludacris Chicken N Beer
Chris Luva Luva has the Midas touch (he can even make a Missy Elliot song listenable). He drops phat beats, catchy hooks and damn entertaining lyrics. DTP Records is gonna be huge.
9 The Darkness Permission To Land
Putting the cock back in rock. I laughed these guys off when I was first made aware of them. It’s refreshing to see a band that is not afraid to be big, loud and over-the-top. Best of all, they get it.
8 Bubba Sparxxx Deliverance
This may have been the most pleasant musical surprise of 2003. The Mathis boy went in a different direction with his follow up and picked the right fork in the yellow wood. This one sounds much more Southern.
7 The Twilight Singers Blackberry Belle
This album is like a night out at a bar. It’s Loud. It’s smokey. It’s fun. It’s scary. It’s sexy. It’s dirty. It keeps bumping into you. It tries to charm you. It reminds you of why you came to the bar in the first place, to get drunk.
6 White Stripes Elephant
This was an album of the White Stripes being the White Stripes, but throwing a couple of changes in (such as Meg on lead vocals) just to make you wonder what else is to come.
5 Damien Rice O
An album you can put on in the background and kind of ignore or sit down for a listen and let it sink in. Most enjoyable either way.
4 Drive By Truckers Decoration Day
Southern boys singing about being Southern, even when they aren’t directly singing about being Southern. The best band to come out of Athens in a long time.
3 Jesse Malin The Fine Art Of Self Destruction
A New York bar owner singing about drinking and heartache. An album that makes you want to go into a room with a pen, a journal, a guitar, a bottle of whiskey and see what happens.
2 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Is this two albums or one? Does it matter? Does anybody not own this? Did anyone not weld it into their CD player the first few weeks after they bought it? The pride of Atlanta hip-hop just keep raising the bar with every album.
1 Ryan Adams Rock N Roll
My adoration and respect for Ryan Adams grew even more. He turned up the volume and actually seemed to smile. This album has several tunes that could be singles, they won’t be of course.
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