A decade in music – 50 best albums of 2003

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50. Starsailor, 'Silence Is Easy'. NME said: "The acoustic stylings of the debut gave way to a bombastic swagger."

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49. The Duke Spirit, 'Roll, Spirit, Roll'. NME said: "This mini-album clearly proved that our American cousins don’t have a monopoly on darkly thrilling rock'n'roll."

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48. Jane's Addiction, 'Strays'. NME said: "A masterclass."

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47. Canyon, 'Empty Rooms'. NME said: "For an album that sounded so much like Neil Young drinking himself to death to be so life-affirming was no mean feat."

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46. The Raveonettes, 'Chain Gang Of Love'. NME said: "Essentially the soundtrack to the best shag you might ever have."

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45. Cat Power, 'You Are Free'. NME said: "We felt her pain, and boy did we feel all the better for it."

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44. Basement Jaxx, 'Kish Kash'. NME said: "Beats without borders."

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43. Ten Grand, 'This Is The Way To Rule'. NME said: "Singer and all-round good guy Matt Davis died in August from an aneurysm. This was a fitting testament."

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42. Stellastarr*, ‘Stellastarr*'. NME said: "Rumbling art-punk: their name’s a bugger to type, but this was easy to fall for."

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41. Soledad Brothers, 'Voice Of Treason'. NME said: "Brothers in arms with The White Stripes, Detroit’s Soledad Brothers arrived with their credentials well in order."

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40. Devendra Banhart, 'Oh Me Oh My..The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting….'. NME said: "Ace. Buy it."

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39. Patrick Wolf, 'Lycanthropy'. NME said: "An amazing story of beats, rhymes and folk."

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38. 22-20s, '05/03'. NME said: "Storming neo-blues classics."

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37. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Master And Everyone'. NME said: "A collection of beguilingly beautiful alt.country classics that has the power to make being on your own cool."

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36. British Sea Power, 'The Decline Of British Sea Power'. NME said: "Eccentric, lyrical, and brilliant."

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35. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, 'Nocturama'. NME said: "A schizophrenic but massively rewarding listen."

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34. Jay-Z, 'The Black Album'. NME said: "Here Jay-Z went back to strings 'n' rhymes basics… and party anthems… with stunning results."

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33. Mogwai, 'Happy Songs For Happy People'. NME said: "Their most challenging and beautiful record to date."

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32. The Thrills, 'So Much For The City'. NME said: "Firmly blew away the accusations that The Thrills were lightweight – here were ox-strung tunes coated in candyfloss and fairy dust."

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31. 50 Cent, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin''. NME said: "A great street record, up there with anything by Tupac, Biggie or Snoop."

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30. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, 'Take Them On, On Your Own'. NME said: "A political assault of wailing guitar riffs and mean vocals."

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29. Peaches, 'Fatherfucker'. NME said: "Outrageously filthy, blood-washing, electro-spunk genius."

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28. The Mars Volta, 'De-Loused In The Comatorium'. NME said: "Psychedelic, soulful and fierce."

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27. Super Furry Animals, 'Phantom Power'. NME said: "Another year, another outstanding SFA album."

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26. The Kills, 'Keep On Your Mean Side'. NME said: "Hard as rock, and mean as a snake."

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25. The Darkness, 'Permission To Land'. NME said: "Clever words, anthemic choruses, played with panache, sung with bravado and dollops of fun."

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24. Four Tet, 'Rounds'. NME said: "A jungle of subtle, warped melodies – breathtaking in its complexity, yet accessible to anyone possessing a human heartbeat."

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23. The Cooper Temple Clause, 'Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose'. NME said: "Madly ambitious, wildly eclectic, but brilliantly tuneful."

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22: Blur, 'Think Tank'. NME said: "It had Arabic touches, frazzled edges, even occasional awful jazz-meandering but, thank God, mainly it had faith-restoring, beautiful pop songs."

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21: The Hidden Cameras, 'The Smell Of Our Own'. NME said: "Piss-sex, man-love and the unmistakable whiff of stale cum… the sound of the Daily Mail editorial team suffering a nervous breakdown."

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20. Jet, 'Get Born'. NME said: "Dues-paid rockin' that paid off, boozy, blokey ballads with guitars that sounded like bar-room brawls."

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19. Muse, 'Absolution'. NME said: "In 2003, 'Absolution' cast a shadow that was hard to ignore."

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18. The Sleepy Jackson, 'Lovers'. NME said: "God-bothering psychedelic country rock."

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17. Funeral For A Friend, 'Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation'. NME said: "The Welsh heroes' victory flag in the sand for UK hardcore."

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16. Dizzee Rascal, 'Boy In Da Corner'. NME said: "Innovative, edgy, yet still accepted by the mainstream."

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15. Hot Hot Heat, 'Make Up The Breakdown'. NME said: "Deranged yelps, breakthrough singles and beats flailing from all directions."

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14. The Distillers, 'Coral Fang'. NME said: "Albums about sex and drugs are good, but nothing beats death for a theme."

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13. Spritualized, 'Amazing Grace'. NME said: "Followed garage rock’s more minimalist lead to the top. Magnificent."

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12. The Coral, 'Magic And Medicine'. NME said: "A more subtle and refined follow-up, their second LP in under a year."

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11. Evan Dando, 'Baby I'm Bored'. NME said: "A big, gay, doe-eyed alt.country masterpiece."

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10. My Morning Jacket, 'It Still Moves'. NME said: "Echoing through the whole of 'It Still Moves,' drenched in reverb, it was immediately clear that Jim James was in possession of something we’ve been looking for for a long time – a new voice."

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9. Radiohead, 'Hail To The Thief'. NME said: "It was no giant leap forward, but still more than enough."

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8. Outkast, 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'. NME said: "The one ('Speakerboxxx') a quality hip-hop album with all the guest spots that might be expected. The other (‘The Love Below’) a freaky festival of funk and sleaze."

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7. Kings Of Leon, 'Youth & Young Manhood'. NME said: "A modern benchmark for all debut albums."

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6. Rufus Wainwright, 'Want One'. NME said: "High gloss, luxurious finish, the world that pop’s most flamboyant craftsman inhabited was beautiful and fashionable."

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5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Fever To Tell'. NME said: "So there was more, then, than just having the best name in rock, an unending conveyer belt of fashion and a guitarist with the coolest cockerel cut since goth."

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4. Elbow, 'Cast Of Thousands'. NME said: "Less a collection of songs and more a series of bleeps, whirrs and pulses located somewhere deep within the soul."

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3. The Strokes, 'Room On Fire'. NME said: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And it ain't broke."

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2. The Rapture, 'Echoes'. NME said: "With 'Echoes,' these NYC hipsters didn't just match their inspirations, they bettered them."

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1. The White Stripes, 'Elephant'. NME said: "A candy-coloured ride showcasing every reason we'd fallen in love with the Stripes' first three albums."

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