Washington City Paper

Dec. 26, 2003–
Jan. 8, 2004



Critic's ballots:
Andrew Beaujon
Matthew Borlik
Brent Burton
Jason Cherkis
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Michael Crowley
Glenn Dixon
David Dunlap Jr.
Sarah Godfrey
Chris Hagan
Todd Hitchcock
Mark Jenkins
Mike Kanin
Steve Kiviat
Jacob Long
Anne Marson
Shauna Miller
Brian Montopoli
John Murph
Mike Petillo
Leonard Roberge
Joe Warminsky
Mark Williams
Pamela Murray Winters
Shannon Zimmerman


Arts in Review 2003

     

CPArts

[The CP Top 20 of 2003]

In November, the Washington City Paper asked its music writers to compile lists of their 10 favorite releases of the past year. Critics were required to divide a total of 100 points among their selections, awarding no more than 20 points–and no fewer than 1–to each. Any single, EP, album, or box set of old or new music released in any quantity anywhere in the world in 2003 was eligible. Five weeks and 2,500 points later, the City Paper record nerds reveal their fondness for Atlanta-made hiphop, electronica-inflected guitar rock, and early-'70s Led Zeppelin:

    1 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
OutKast
Arista
121
pts
71
pts
Apple O'
Deerhoof
Kill Rock Stars
2    
    3 HaHa Sound
Broadcast
Warp
64
pts
60
pts
Vaudeville Villain
Viktor Vaughn
Sound-Ink
4    
    5 Up in Flames
Manitoba
Domino/Leaf
56
pts
50
pts
Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins
Sub Pop
6    
    7 Neon Golden
The Notwist
Domino
48
pts
47
pts
Hail to the Thief
Radiohead
Capitol
8    
    9 Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of 78s, 1926-1937
Various Artists
Old Hat
46
pts
45
pts
Hearts of Oak
Ted Leo/Pharmacists
Lookout!
10    
    11 Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian
Rough Trade

Fake French
El Guapo
Dischord

Sumday
Grandaddy
V2/Will
35
pts
31
pts
Singles Compiled/Compilations 1995-2002
Hood
Misplaced
12    
    13 Cedric Im Brooks & the Light of Saba
Cedric Im Brooks
Honest Jons

Up the Bracket
The Libertines
Rough Trade

You Forgot It in People
Broken Social Scene
Arts & Crafts
30
pts
29
pts
Black Eyes
Black Eyes
Dischord
14    
    15 Electric Version
The New Pornographers
Matador

At Crystal Palace
Erase Errata
Troubleman

Wonderful Rainbow
Lightning Bolt
Load
28
pts
26
pts
Give Up
The Postal Service
Sub Pop

The Wolf
Andrew W.K.
Island
16    
    17 You Are Free
Cat Power
Matador
25
pts
24
pts
Cuckooland
Robert Wyatt
Ryko
18    
    19 Everyone Down Here
Earlimart
Palm Pictures

How the West Was Won
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic

Love Is Love
Lungfish
Dischord
23
pts
22
pts
"Welcome Interstate Managers"
Fountains of Wayne
S-Curve/Virgin
20    

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