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Culture | The Top 5 best-selling albums according to CMJ NMR (College Media Journal New Music Report) Issue #801

Issue: "Portable Pentagon," March 1, 2003
1
MARY STAR OF THE SEA
Zwan 1 week on chart
STYLE
Smashing Pumpkins, right down to singer- songwriter Billy Corgan.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"Yeah!" (obscenity).

WORLDVIEW
"Jesus, I've taken my cross / all to leave and follow thee.... So perish every fond ambition / God and trouble are all I've known / Yet how rich is my condition / God and heaven are all my own" ("Jesus, I / Mary Star of the Sea").

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OVERALL QUALITY
Pretty good for a Smashing Pumpkins album.

2
COME AWAY WITH ME
Norah Jones 45 weeks on chart
STYLE
Acoustic love songs softly sung, evocative of coffeehouses and jazz clubs.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
When experienced as ends in themselves, the pleasures and pains of romance are largely indistinguishable.

OVERALL QUALITY
High; unlike her father, Ravi Shankar, Miss Jones operates strictly within the Western pop-musical tradition, sounding older than her 23 years and inspiring hopes that her five Grammy nominations this year will be the first of many.

3
CHICAGO
Various artists 3 weeks on chart
STYLE
Kander-Ebb show tunes evocative of the Roaring '20s.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"All That Jazz," "Funny Honey," "Cell Block Tango," "Class" (profanities), "When You're Good to Mama" (double entendres).

WORLDVIEW
"A story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery-all those things we all hold near and dear" (from the stage-production "Overture").

OVERALL QUALITY
Inferior to other available versions.

4
A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
Coldplay 19 weeks on chart
STYLE
U2 slowed down and featuring piano instead of guitar.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
Love is God ("Honey, you are a rock / Upon which I stand"; "Give me heart and give me soul / Wounds that heal and cracks that fix, / Oh Love"; "Where do I go to fall from grace? / God put a smile upon your face").

OVERALL QUALITY
Pretty good for a U2 sound-alike.

5
MAMBO SINUENDO
Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbin 1 weeks on chart
STYLE
Cuban rhythms swathed in late-'50s echo-chamber guitar twang and space-age-bachelor-pad hi-fi sound effects.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
As these songs have no words, the only discernible trace of anything other than art for art's sake herein is the inclusion of liberal Sens. Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein in Mr. Cooder's liner thanks.

OVERALL QUALITY
Ideal incidental music for a hard-boiled detective B-movie set in Havana.

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