Top Albums of 2003


* indicates Canadian Content
** indicates a local artist

1 Various Artists** Focus 2003 (Independent)
2 Tangiers* Hot New Spirits (Sonic Unyon)
3 Weakerthans* Reconstruction Site (Epitaph)
4 The White Stripes Elephant (V2)
5 Be Good Tanyas* Chinatown (Nettwerk)
6 The Atomics** The Atomics (Independent)
7 Dandy Warhols Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)
8 Clumsy Lovers* After the Flood (Independent)
9 Various Artists Punkorama 8 (Epitaph)
10 Various Artists* Peg City Skank (Bac. Buffet)
11 Leisure Suite** Idle Places (Independent)
12 Kings of Leon Youth and Young Manhood (RCA)
13 The Slackers Close My Eyes (Hellcat)
14 The Candidates* Fame, Fortune and Free Drinks (Independent)
15 Alice and the Serial Numbers* Obit (Independent)
16 Flux A.D.* Transatlanticthoughts (Independent)
17 Ben Folds Live (Epic)
18 Rancid Indestructible (Hellcat)
19 Bruce Cockburn* You've Never Seen Everything (True North)
20 Badly Drawn Boy Have You Fed the Fish? (Twisted Nerve)
21 Sloan* Action Pact (Murder)
22 Trevor Caswell** Another Something (Independent)
23 Sam Roberts* We Were Born in a Flame (MapleMusic)
24 Bruce McCulloch* Drunk Baby Project (Sonic Unyon)
25 Various Artists Justin Time 20th Anniversary (Justin Time)
26 Big Dave McLean* Blues from the Middle (Stony Plain)
27 New Pornographers* Electric Version (Mint)
28 Planet Smashers* Mighty (Stomp)
29 Various Artists* Six Strings North of the Border 2 (Borealis)
30 The Strokes Room on Fire (RCA)
31 Add N to (X) Loud Like Nature (Mute)
32 OhGr* SunnyPsyOp (Spitfire)
33 Hot Hot Heat* Scenes One Through Thirteen (Ohev)
34 Wheatmonkeys* Danger (Independent)
35 Little Hatch Rock with Me Baby (APO)
36 Luther Wright and the Wrongs* Guitar Pickin' Martyrs (Snakeye)
37 Le Vent du Nord* Maudite Moisson! (Borealis)
38 Bill Garrett/Sue Lothrop* Red Shoes (Borealis)
39 Pavement Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe and Reduxe (Matador)
40 The Salteens* Let Go of Your Bad Days (Boompa!)
41 Moneen* Are We Really Happy With Who We Are… (Smallman)
42 Alunared* SLMZK! (Action Driver)
43 Placebo Sleeping With Ghosts (Virgin)
44 Les Tabernacles* Born Ready (Teen. Rampage)
45 The Crusaders Rural Renewal (Verve)
46 International Noise Conspiracy Bigger Cages, Longer Chains (Burning Heart)
47 Cat Power You Are Free )Matador)
48 Metric* Old World Underground, Where Are You… (Last Gang)
49 Various Artists* Showdown (Black Hen)
50 The Barrymores* The Barrymores (Bac. Buffet)
51 The Black Keys Thickfreakness (Fat Possum)
52 Starlight Mints Built on Squares (PIAS)
53 Richard Underhill* Tales from the Blue Lounge (Stubby)
54 Novelty Salesmen* Novelty Salesmen (Independent)
55 Stereolab ABC Music (Strange Fruit)
56 Various Artists* Someone Needs a Timeout (Campfire)
57 Elastica The Radio One Sessions (Strange Fruit)
58 Ten Days Late* Go With the Flow (Klark)
59 Gerry Barnum* Pickin' Up the Pieces (Independent)
60 The Band from Planet X* Wigs for Sale (Strange Strange)
61 AFI Sing the Sorrow (Dreamworks)
62 Black Rice* Rice Lightning (Flyer)
63 Undertakin' Daddies* Devil in the Rearview (Caribou)
64 Ken Hamm* Fingerlicks (North Track)
65 Ranee Lee* Maple Groove (Justin Time)
66 The Getaway* What Can You Do? (Re-Define)
67 Smashing Pumpkins Earphoria (Virgin)
68 The Dears* No Cities Left (MapleMusic)
69 Various Artists Christmas Around the World (Putumayo)
70 Mull Historical Society Us (Warner)
71 Droom* While We Can EP (Different Drum)
72 The Blue Voodoo* Ride (Independent)
73 Ashley MacIsaac* Ashley MacIsaac (Decca)
74 Frank Risdale* Mod World Old World (Independent)
75 The Mooney Suzuki Electric Sweat (Columbia)
76 Ween Quebec (Sanctuary)
77 Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros Streetcore (Hellcat)
78 Less Than Jake Anthem (Sire)
79 Flashlight Brown* My Degeneration (Hollywood)
80 Various Artists* The Trans-Canada Beaver Cookoff (Catch & Release)
81 Gillian Welch Soul Journey (Stony Plain)
82 Manitoba* Up in Flames (Leaf)
83 Dropkick Murphys Blackout (Hellcat)
84 Peter Smith Quartet* Blue and Green (Potesmote)
85 Arab Strap Monday at the Hug and Pint (Matador)
86 Lou Reed NYC Man: The Collection (BMG)
87 Blur Think Tank (EMI)
88 Various Artists Making Singles, Drinking Doubles (Bloodshot)
89 David Gogo* Live at Deer Lake (Cordova Bay)
90 The Donnas Spend the Night (Atlantic)
91 Carrie Horachek* Out the Car Window (Independent)
92 John Clinch** Domino Effect (Independent)
93 Kinnie Starr* Sun Again (MapleMusic)
94 Various Artists* All Skanadian Club 4 (Union)
95 Waifs Up All Night (Jarrah)
96 Massive Attack 100th Window (Virgin)
97 Various Artists* Dawning of a New Rage (Rageco)
98 The Kills Keep on Your Mean Side (Rough Trade)
99 Peaches* The Teaches of Peaches (XL)
100 Various Artists* Peg City Skank 2: All You Can Eat (Bac. Buffet)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2004

1 Richard Underhill* Tales from the Blue Lounge (Stubby)
2 The Crusaders Rural Renewal (Verve)
3 John Stetch* Standards (Justin Time)
4 Peter Smith Quartet* Blue and Green (Potesmote)
5 RH Factor Hardgroove (Verve)
6 Peter Brown* Marie-Claude (Independent)
7 Various Artists Nu-Jazz (Gramercy)
8 Various Artists Justin Time 20th Anniversary (Justin Time)
9 Gare du Nord In Search of Excellounge (PIAS)
10 Holly Cole* Shade (Alert)
11 Novelty Salesmen* Novelty Salesmen (Independent)
12 Russell Gunn Ethnomusicology Vol. 3 (Justin Time)
13 Ingrid Jensen/Project O* Now as Then (Justin Time)
14 Metalwood* Chronic (Blue Thumb)
15 Various Artists When Love Goes Wrong (Verve)
16 Andree Boudreau* Pourquoi (Effendi)
17 George Evans* Eyes for You (M-Swing)
18 Marsalis Family A Jazz Celebration (Rounder)
19 Joani Taylor/Bob Murphy* The Wall Street Sessions (Roadhouse)
20 Springer and Ducommun* A New Country (Maximum Jazz)
21 Various Artists* Stormy Weather: The Music of H. Arlen (Sony)
22 Yves Nadeau Expression* Tableaux (Jodo)
23 Joni Mitchell* Travelogue (Nonesuch)
24 Robert Fine* I'm Fine, Thanks for Asking (Independent)
25 Andy Poole* Canadian Sunset (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 World Beat/Reggae Albums for 2004

1 Various Artists Flashing Echo: Trojan in Dub (Trojan)
2 The Slackers Close My Eyes (Hellcat)
3 Oscar Lopez* Flashback (Narada)
4 Ashley MacIsaac* Ashley MacIsaac (Decca)
5 Kinship* Next of Kin (Independent)
6 Ry Cooder/Manuel Galban Mambo Sinuendo (Nonesuch)
7 Lee "Scratch" Perry Cutting Razor: Rare Cuts (Heartbeat)
8 King Tubby Bring the Dub Come (Heartbeat)
9 Abdoulaye N'Diaye Taoue (Justin Time)
10 Gregory Isaacs Dub a De Number One (Heartbeat)
11 James Cohen* High Side of Lowdown (Northern Blues)
12 Various Artists Cajun Music: The Essential Collection (Rounder)
13 Cibelle Cibelle (Six Degrees)
14 Various Artists Brazilian Groove (Putumayo)
15 Various Artists The Music of Afghanistan (Rounder)
16 Dave Murray Latin Big Band Now is Another Time (Justin Time)
17 Everton Blender King Man (Heartbeat)
18 Bobi Cespedes Rezos (Six Degrees)
19 Jane Bunnett* Cuban Odyssey (Blue Note)
20 Peter Tosh The Best of 1978-1987 (EMI)
21 Afrocelts Seed (Realworld)
22 Le Vent du Nord* Maudite Moisson! (Borealis)
23 Nicole Mitchell/Black Earth Ensemble Afrika Rising Dreamtime
24 The Maytones Their Greatest Hits (Heartbeat)
25 Altan Collection (Eureka)

CFBX Top 25 Metal/Loud Albums for 2004

1 Voivod* Voivod (Chophouse)
2 AFI Sing the Sorrow (Dreamworks)
3 Alexisonfire* Alexisonfire (Distort)
4 Rob Zombie Past, Present and Future (Geffen)
5 Somehow Hollow* Broken Wings and Rusted Halos (Victory)
6 Astro Zombies A.D. Mutants at Mose Trajectum (Gangstyle)
7 Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque (Nothing)
8 Various Artists* Dawning of a New Rage (Rageco)
9 Soulscar* Character Assassination (Galy)
10 Andrew W.K. The Wolf (Island)
11 The Locust Plague Soundscapes (Anti)
12 Faith No More This is It: The Best of Faith No More (Rhino)
13 NAOP Hard to Deny (Gangstyle)
14 Anvil* Still Going Strong (Independent)
15 Black Hour* Rebellion EP (Independent)
16 S.T.R.E.E.T.S.* Worms (Teen. Rampage)
17 Meatlocker Seven* The Biological Mechanism of Hate (Independent)
18 And You Will Know Us By the Trail… The Secret of Elena's Tomb EP (Interscope)
19 Amon Amarth Versus the World (Metal Blade)
20 Anonymus* Daemonium (MPV)
21 Exploited Fuck the System (Spitfire)
22 Polidicks* No Peace? No Chance (Wounded Paw)
23 Pro-Pain Run for Cover (Spitfire)
24 Various Artists Jackass - The Album (American)
25 Various Artists Trustkill Strikes Again (Trustkill)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2004

1 Alice and the Serial Numbers* Obit (Independent)
2 Alunared* SLMZK! (Action Driver)
3 Add N to (X) Loud Like Nature (Mute)
4 Manitoba* Up in Flames (Leaf)
5 Stereolab ABC Music (Strange Fruit)
6 Massive Attack 100th Window (Virgin)
7 Landscape Body Machine* Revolution (Int. Industries)
8 Jazzupstarts Are You Okay? (Nutone)
9 Wolfsheim Casting Shadows (Metropolis)
10 Boards of Canada Twoism (Warp)
11 Droom* While We Can EP (Different Drum)
12 The Hummers* Save the Jets (Sisyphus)
13 Broadcast HaHa Sound/Pendulum EP (Warp)
14 De/Phazz Daily Lama (Universal)
15 Miss Kittin Radio Caroline Vol. 1 (Emperor Norton)
16 The Dry Heeves* Everything's Gone Pseudo (Independent)
17 King of Woolworths L'Illustration Musicale (Mantra)
18 OhGr* SunnyPsyOp (Spitfire)
19 Prefuse 73 One Word Extinguisher (Warp)
20 Royksopp Melody A.M. (Astralwerks)
21 Afrocelts Seed (Realworld)
22 Siktransit* Everybody Needs Sundays (Aviator)
23 Proffessor Undressor* The Sumi-e Experiment (Kelp)
24 Mouse on Mars Rost Pocks: The EP Collection (Too Pure)
25 Various Artists* Northern Faction 2 (Balanced)