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Pazz & Jop 2003: Dean's List


  1. King Sunny Ade: The Best of the Classic Years (Shanachie) 20
  2. Buck 65: Talkin' Honky Blues (WEA import) 19
  3. Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day (New West) 12
  4. The Wrens: The Meadowlands (Absolutely Kosher) 12
  5. Liz Phair: Liz Phair (Capitol) 11
  6. Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate Managers (S-Curve) 6
  7. Lyrics Born: Later That Day . . . (Quannum Projects) 5
  8. The Libertines: Up the Bracket (Rough Trade) 5
  9. Kimya Dawson: My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess (Important) 5
  10. Missy Elliott: This Is Not a Test! (Elektra) 5
  11. Yo La Tengo: Summer Sun (Matador)
  12. The Rough Guide to Highlife (World Music Network import)
  13. The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)
  14. Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt: God Bless Jug and Sonny (Prestige '00)
  15. Wire: Send (Pinkflag)
  16. OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)
  17. Down in the Basement (Old Hat)
  18. Fannypack: So Stylistic (Tommy Boy)
  19. Kaito U.K.: Band Red (SpinArt)
  20. Rancid: Indestructible (Hellcat)
  21. Warren Zevon: The Wind (Artemis)
  22. Amy Rigby: Til the Wheels Fall Off (Signature Sounds)
  23. Festival in the Desert (World Village)
  24. Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears (Lost Highway)
  25. The Handsome Family: Live at Schuba's Tavern (DCN '02)
  26. Electric Six: Fire (XL)
  27. Brother Ali: Shadows on the Sun (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  28. Four Tet: Rounds (Domino)
  29. Lifesavas: Spirit in Stone (Quannum Projects)
  30. The Rapture: Echoes (Strummer/Universal)
  31. The Fever: Pink on Pink (Kemado)
  32. Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around (American '02)
  33. The Black Eyed Peas: Elephunk (A&M)
  34. The Dandy Warhols: Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)
  35. Mamani Keita & Marc Minelli: Electro Bamako (Palm)
  36. Bettye Lavette: A Woman Like Me (Blues Express)
  37. Bettie Serveert: Log 22 (Palomine)
  38. Kaito: The Montigola EP (Devil in the Woods '02)
  39. The Bottle Rockets: Blue Sky (Sanctuary)
  40. Timbaland & Magoo: Under Construction Part II (Blackground)
  41. Todd Snider: Todd Snider Live: Near Truths and Hotel Rooms (Oh Boy)
  42. Murs: . . . The End of the Beginning (Definitive Jux)
  43. Arabesque Tlata 3 (React import)
  44. Akrobatik: Balance (Coup D'Etat)
  45. Panjabi MC: Beware (Sequence)
  46. Gaby Kerpel: Carnabailito (Nonesuch)
  47. Craig David: Slicker Than Your Average (Wildstar/Atlantic '02)
  48. The Postal Service: Give Up (Sub Pop)
  49. The Klezmatics: Rise Up!/Shteyt Oyf! (Rounder)
  50. Lftr-Pllr: Soft Rock (The Self-Starter Foundation '02)
  51. The Rough Guide to the Music of Egypt (World Music Network import)
  52. Koffi Olomide: Best of Koffi Olomide (Next Music import '02)
  53. Television: Live at the Old Waldorf (Rhino Handmade)
  54. Aaliyah: I Care 4 You (Blackground '02)
  55. The Kings of Highlife (Wrasse import)
  56. Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2003 (Greensleeves)
  57. NOFX: The War on Errorism (Fat Wreck Chords)
  58. Extra Yard (Big Dada import '02)
  59. The Rough Guide to South African Gospel (World Music Network import)
  60. Al Green: I Can't Stop (Blue Note)
  61. Amy Allison: No Frills Friend (Diesel Only)
  62. Ndala Kasheba: Yellow Card (Limitless Sky '02)
  63. Jean Grae: The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP (Babygrande)
  64. Ramiro Musotto: Sudaka (Fast Horse)
  65. Mr. Lif: Sleepyheads (Thought Wizard)
  66. The Guitar and Gun (Stern's Africa)
  67. McEnroe: Disenfranchised (Peanuts and Corn)
  68. Gilad Atzmon: Exile (Enja)
  69. The Blue Series Continuum: GoodandEvil Sessions (Thirsty Ear)
  70. Jon Langford and His Sadies: Mayors of the Moon (Bloodshot)
  71. James Blood Ulmer: No Escape From the Blues (Hyena)
  72. Horace X: Sackbutt (Omnium)
  73. The Naysayer: Pure Beauty (Carrot Top)
  74. The Go-Betweens: Spring Hill Fair (Circus/Jetset '02)


  1. Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z: "Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)" (Sequence)
  2. Fannypack: "Hey Mami" (Tommy Boy)
  3. Justin Timberlake: "Senorita" (Jive)
  4. Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz: "Get Low Remix" (TVT)
  5. Todd Snider: "Beer Run" (Oh Boy)
  6. MC Hawking: "Entropy" (no label)
  7. Justin Timberlake: "Rock Your Body" (Jive)
  8. OutKast: "Hey Ya!" (Arista)
  9. Yerba Buena: "Guajira" (Razor & Tie)
  10. Vybz Kartel: "Sweet to the Belly" (Greensleeves)

Village Voice, Feb. 17, 2004

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