Sometimes it's difficult to be objective about the quality of a year's releases until to reached the end and allowed the dust to settle. As always, the counterculture Albums Of The Year list is a democratic effort, and the more writers who come on board, the more quality releases get squeezed out of our end of year chart.
The Thrills, The Strokes, The Darkness, Sarah McLachlan, Richard X, Outkast . . . all missed out by the narrowest of margins. If albums of this quality don't make the cut, 2003 must have been a great year for great music. These are the releases that rocked counterculture's world: