Boston.com - december, 2003
The Best CDs of 2003
by Jim Sullivan
The Distillers, "Coral Fang" (Sire)
Brody Dalle has shed her famous Rancid husbands last name and she and her raggedy boys shred any sense of propriety on this full-out attack on whatever system you care to present.
The White Stripes, "Elephant" (V2)
Stripped down and dense, clamorous, blues-based, and rocking. Already theyve had a tune covered by Audioslave. No stumbling at all after last years breakthrough.
Belle & Sebastian, "Dear Catastrophe Waitress" (Rough Trade)
Stuart Murdoch, who fronts Scotlands best band, finds life to not be such a dour affair after all, pumping these songs with an uncanny effervescence and joie de vivre.
Spiritualized, "Amazing Grace" (Sanctuary)
Jason Pierce, Spiritualizeds leader, prowls around in some dark, dangerous alleyways, climbs out, and finds a bit of space and grace.
The Dresden Dolls, "The Dresden Dolls" (8 Foot Records)
Bostons dark and sexy little cabaret punk band presents an eclectic roster of subtly vicious pop songs.
OutKast, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista)
Hip-hops smartest and funkiest duo split up the chores for separate CD releases as part of one package and its all just audacious and provocative.
Warren Zevon, "The Wind" (Artemis)Sentimental favorite? Oh sure, maybe a bit. But were not sure weve seen anyone close a career or a life with such quality work.
The Buzzcocks, "Buzzcocks" (Merge)
Finally, an album that puts our angst-ridden, punk-charged English boys at the level of their early, seminal singles. Speed + melody = bliss.
Firewater, "The Man on the Burning Tightrope" (Jetset)
Led by bassist-singer Tod A., Firewater does for klezmer what the Pogues did for Celtic music.
The Ticks, "So Young, So Bad" (Subversive Green)
I fell in love with their punky garage rock, their incessant hooks, and their feminist and funny smarts.