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Top 90 of 2003 with staff picks

This year in our Top 90 List we’ve have our staff picks.

Rank Album Artist
01 THE WIND WARREN ZEVON
02 HAIL TO THE THIEF RADIOHEAD
03 WELCOME INTERSTATE MANAGERS FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE
04 HELLO STARLING JOSH RITTER
05 WANT ONE RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
06 GREENDALE NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
07 UNCLASSIFIED ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
08 IN TIME the best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 R.E.M.
09 WORLD WITHOUT TEARS LUCINDA WILLIAMS
10 DAY I FORGOT PETE YORN
11 STREETCORE JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
12 MY BABY DON’T TOLERATE LYLE LOVETT
13 RAINY DAY MUSIC THE JAYHAWKS
14 DIAMONDS ON THE INSIDE BEN HARPER
15 LET GO NADA SURF
16 SUMDAY GRANDADDY
17 PRETZEL PARK 4 WAY STREET
18 NORTH ELVIS COSTELLO
19 GRAND ERIN McKEOWN
20 ROCK N ROLL RYAN ADAMS
21 FAILER KATHLEEN EDWARDS
22 REGRET OVER THE WIRES MATTHEW RYAN
23 SO DAMN HAPPY LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
24 ABSOLUTELY 100% MADE IN NJ DRAMARAMA
25 BARE ANNIE LENNOX
26 THE BEAUTY OF THE RAIN DAR WILLIAMS
27 NIGHT ON MY SIDE GEMMA HAYES
28 CHINATOWN THE BE GOOD TANYAS
29 DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS BELLE & SEBASTIAN
30 EVOLVE ANI DiFRANCO
31 THE HOUSE CARPENTER’S DAUGHTER NATALIE MERCHANT
32 POLARIS NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS
33 WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? VAN MORRISON
34 STUMBLE INTO GRACE EMMYLOU HARRIS
35 VOLUME 4 JOE JACKSON BAND
36 RETROSPECTIVE:THE BEST OF SUZANNE VEGASUZANNE VEGA SUZANNE VEGA
37 LOS LONELY BOYS LOS LONELY BOYS
38 WHO THE HELL IS JOHN EDDIE? JOHN EDDIE
39 JUST AN AMERICAN BOY STEVE EARLE
40 THE MAVERICKS THE MAVERICKS
41 quebec WEEN
42 LIGHT OF DAY:TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN GARLAND JEFFREYS VARIOUS ARTISTS
43 1972 JOSH ROUSE
44 THE FOLK YEARS 2003-2003 JILL SOBULE
45 THE OLD KIT BAG RICHARD THOMPSON
46 THE THORNS THE THORNS
47 UP ALL NIGHT THE WAIFS
48 TEN FROM LITTLE WORLDS BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES
49 COME FEEL ME TREMBLE PAUL WESTERBERG
50 TOUGH LOVE HAMELL ON TRIAL
51 VERVE//REMIXED 2 compilation VARIOUS ARTISTS
52 SET LIST (Irish import) THE FRAMES
53 REDEMPTION’S SON JOSEPH ARTHUR
54 WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME JASON MRAZ
55 EVERYTHING MUST GO STEELY DAN
56 SOUL JOURNEY GILLIAN WELCH
57 HUMAN CONDITIONS RICHARD ASHCROFT
58 DARK CHORDS ON A BIG GUITAR JOAN BAEZ
59 RECONSTRUCTION SITE THE WEAKERTHANS
60 SO MUCH FOR THE CITY THE THRILLS
61 IN SEED COMES FRUIT POI DOG PONDERING
62 THE EVENING OF MY BEST DAY RICKIE LEE JONES
63 FLY BELOW THE RADAR MINIBAR
64 THE TROUBLE WITH HUMANS CHIP TAYLOR & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ
65 YOKO BEULAH
66 ABOUT TIME STEVE WINWOOD
67 LET’S ROLL ETTA JAMES
68 POETRY & AEROPLANES TEITUR
69 SPOON AND RAFTER MOJAVE 3
70 WHAT’S IN THE BAG? MARSHALL CRENSHAW
71 EP RACHAEL YAMAGATA
72 COLLIDE0SCOPE LIVING COLOUR
73 SAVE MY SOUL BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
74 PALACE OF GOLD BLUE RODEO
75 LONG TIME COMING JONNY LANG
76 TRAIN HOME CHRIS SMITHER
77 OLD FUTURES GONE JOHN GORKA
78 SHOW ME YOUR TEARS FRANK BLACK & THE CATHOLICS
79 TINY VOICES JOE HENRY
80 SIDE OF THE ROAD ELLIS PAUL & VANCE GILBERT
81 SLOW DOWN KID VAL EMMICH
82 NOCTURAMA NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
83 BENEATH THIS GRUFF EXTERIOR JOHN HIATT & THE GONERS
84 ISSUES & OPTIONS PHIL ROY
85 FACE TO FACE JOHN LEE HOOKER
86 RED=LUCK PATTY LARKIN
87 BREAK YOUR MOTHER’S HEART TIM EASTON
88 TALKING TO STRANGERS SHEMEKIA COPELAND
89 FROM EVERY SPHERE ED HARCOURT
90 TROUBLE NO MORE JOHN MELLENCAMP
90.5 THE RED BANK SESSIONS NICOLE ATKINS
Jeff Raspe’s Picks
  1. UNCLASSIFIED- ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
  2. THE WIND- WARREN ZEVON
  3. THE FINE ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION- JESSE MALIN
  4. HAIL TO THE THIEF- RADIOHEAD
  5. POETRY & AEROPLANES- TEITUR
  6. THE SOUL SESSIONS- JOSS STONE
  7. THE MAVERICKS- THE MAVERICKS
  8. PRETZEL PARK- 4 WAY STREET
  9. WELCOME INTERSTATE MANAGERS- FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE
  10. DIAMONDS ON THE INSIDE- BEN HARPER
Leo Zaccari’s Picks
  1. HAIL TO THE THIEF - RADIOHEAD
  2. GRAND- ERIN MCKEOWN
  3. SET LIST (IRISH IMPORT)- THE FRAMES
  4. HUSH EP- VIRGINIA
  5. THE FOLK YEARS 2003-2003- JILL SOBULE
  6. THE RED BANK SESSIONS- NICOLE ATKINS
  7. ROCK N ROLL- RYAN ADAMS
  8. EVOLVE- ANI DiFRANCO
  9. 1972- JOSH ROUSE
  10. IN SEED COMES FRUIT- POI DOG PONDERING
Tom Brennan’s Picks
  1. Streetcore- Joe Strummer
  2. Unclassified- Robert Randolph & The Family Band
  3. North- Elvis Costello
  4. Grand- Erin McKeown
  5. Volume 4- Joe Jackson Band
  6. Verve//Remixed Volume 2- various
  7. Evolve- Ani DiFranco
  8. I Can’t Stop- Al Green
  9. Everyone Deserves Music- Micheal Fanti & Sperhead
  10. Tough Love- Hammel on Trial
Top Local Albums
  1. ABSOLUTELY 100% MADE IN NJ- DRAMARAMA
  2. THE MEADOWLANDS- THE WRENS
  3. HUSH EP- VIRGINIA
  4. INNER ONWRITER- LANKY
  5. MR. MISUNDERSTOOD- SCOTT E. MOORE
  6. RED BANK SESSIONS- NICOLE ATKINS
  7. HOMELESS MUSIC- AMAZING MEET PROJECT
  8. THIS IS A STICKUP- THE MILWAUKEES
  9. HARMONY AND DISCORD- DARBY JONES
  10. THE UNSTUDIED SEA- FRANK BANGO
Top Indie Albums*
  1. HELLO STARLING- JOSH RITTER
  2. STREETCORE- JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
  3. EVERYONE DESERVES MUSIC- MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
  4. 1972- JOSH ROUSE
  5. IN SEED COMES FRUIT- POI DOG PONDERING
  6. VOLUME 4- JOE JACKSON BAND
  7. VERVE//REMIXED 2 compilation- VARIOUS ARTISTS
  8. THE OLD KIT BAG- RICHARD THOMPSON
  9. FEEL IT- SOME GIRLS
  10. SLOW DOWN KID- VAL EMMICH
*Honorable Mention Import: SET LIST- THE FRAMES (2004 US release)
Top Bluegrass Albums
  1. One Step Ahead- Rhonda Vincent
  2. It’s Just the Night- Del McCoury Band
  3. Bona Fide- The Gibson Brothers
  4. Live at Charleston Music Hall -Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  5. Shape of a Tear- Lynn Moris Band
  6. Coldest Part of Winter- Larry Parks
  7. Wondrous Love- Blue Highway
  8. Where Roads Divide- Wildfire
  9. No Other Way- Mountain Heart
  10. Alison Krauss & Union Station LIVE- Alison Krauss & Union Station