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big lists of 2003 – essential cds


BL 2003 – essential cds

Jason did it (and there will be more, bet!), so you know it’s time to run the marathon with him!

Big Lists of 2003 – Essential CDs of 2003

This was not the easiest thing to go with. It took a while to actually come
up with a top-10 which I thought would be pretty extraordinary and diverse.
Unfortunately, it’s not. Music needs to surprise me in 2004. Also, the fact
in this list got obliterated on an attempt to post it the first time is making
me a not-so-happy person.

Without further ado:



1. OutkastSpeakerboxxx/The
Love Below
. By far, one of the best
acts out there managed to branch out on their own and the results are stellar.
Andre 3000 jumped out of the box and danced around, leaving no stone unturned.
Bog Boi’s side, although more Outkast-mainstream, reminds us that Outkast itself
is a damned good group, and on repeated listens, pleases the auditory canal.

2. Lewis
Taylor
, stoned
| part I.
This is his third album, and yet, he’s still- still
overlooked. ‘stoned’, which talks about love (not drugs, mind you), is
the range of emotions of the ups-and-downs of relationships. One cannot
fit him into one genre, and that, my friends, is by far an outstanding
achievement.

3. Anthony Hamilton, Coming
Where I Come From
.
Anthony takes us back to music which
is still a treat to reminisce and to listen to. A solid CD coming from
the
South. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

4. Me’Shell Ndegeo’Cello, Comfort
Woman
.
She’s often forgotten, and I managed to sleep on it
a little bit. I’m awake, and constantly amazed by this CD. It’s still blossoming.

5. Erykah Badu, Worldwide
Underground
. ‘You know I love it when they play my shit sky
high/It puts me in a daze’Nuff said.

6. Joss Stone, Soul
Sessions
. A lttle lady with a big voice.

7. Basement Jaxx, Kish
Kash.
The voices are still the same, but Basement Jaxx still
amazes me after all of these years.
.
8. Donnie, The
Colored Section
. He still hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves,
and he’s still being slept on.

9. Seal, IV.
Admittedly,
the album is like his previous releases, but it’s so few and far between and
still so out-of-the-norm that he easily places in the top 10.

10. Kelis, Tasty. This
is not her best album, but she has enough talent to break through and push
the boundaries that she’s had to encounter for more than 5 years.

8 Responses “big lists of 2003 – essential cds”

  1. 19 December 2003 at 15:42

    I consider “The Colored Section” a 2002 release or else it would be on the list and, for some reason, Me’Shell’s album’s always get pushed down further and further on my lists. She makes amazing music but it’s always too overwhelming for me as a whole. I always love the parts of her albums more than I love the sum.
    The Lewis Taylor and Seal CD’s are the only ones not in my current collection. People have been telling me to pick up the Seal joint for awhile. Maybe I should listen.

  2. 19 December 2003 at 20:15

    I have to agree with your #1 Essential CD choice! I’m old school, but Andre 3000 got and kept my attention.

  3. 20 December 2003 at 13:43

    Hmmm… These lists are going to be interesting. I absolutely could NOT listen to Joss Stone, though. Don’t know what everyone else was hearing.

  4. 25 December 2003 at 14:06

    Okay, I admit that for the last few years that soul/R&B music ain’t worth the paper and plastic to make it, so I ain’t in a rush to grab up Kelis (pretty, decent voice, but apparently ready to be chart-worthy and is giving up a lot of skin to get there!), Anthony Hamilton (decent voice, but can’t relate to the lyrics and the music could be better) and Alicia Keys (God, this album was bad! I was suckered in by the old school sound, but her compositions are kind of empty. Bleh.) I did buy Outkast (I only play one CD), Erykah (I like it all), and Seal (yeah, it’s familiar, but his lyrics are nice and inspiring to me) and I plan to get Meshell. I also bought a Tori Amos compilation (YES!) and the very underrated Macy Gray’s “The Trouble with Being Myself.” My favorite album of the year, hands down.

  5. 25 December 2003 at 14:06

    Okay, I admit that for the last few years that soul/R&B music ain’t worth the paper and plastic to make it, so I ain’t in a rush to grab up Kelis (pretty, decent voice, but apparently ready to be chart-worthy and is giving up a lot of skin to get there!), Anthony Hamilton (decent voice, but can’t relate to the lyrics and the music could be better) and Alicia Keys (God, this album was bad! I was suckered in by the old school sound, but her compositions are kind of empty. Bleh.) I did buy Outkast (I only play one CD), Erykah (I like it all), and Seal (yeah, it’s familiar, but his lyrics are nice and inspiring to me) and I plan to get Meshell. I also bought a Tori Amos compilation (YES!) and the very underrated Macy Gray’s “The Trouble with Being Myself.” My favorite album of the year, hands down.

  6. 27 December 2003 at 00:23

    YES I LOVE IT, The Colored Section! However, it was the cd of 2003 that I personally thought did not recieve the attention it deserves. I knew that it would become a breakout hit with grammy nominations and other accolades (you know how the music industry loves to pull out a token lesser known artist for its self righteous agenda — which in hindsight is cool with me, but I digress).
    I am loving your other picks too, esp. Dre’s The Love Below. However, you did leave out one really great album that I would suggest for you to pick up, Goapele’s Even Closer. Happy Listening, :)

  7. 14 January 2004 at 03:09

    i’m still here, but not really

    The new site is taking longer than expected. I know you’re wondering why the hell it’s taking so long to take down the old html pages and style sheet and put up a new one. Well, it ain’t that simple,…

  8. Primack Gretchen
    26 January 2004 at 09:59

    You are free and that is why you are lost.

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