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. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/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.
| 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
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
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.