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Culture | The Top 5 best-selling CDs according to Billboard magazine's"Heatseekers" chart, April 26, 2003

Issue: "No man's land," May 10, 2003
1
WHAT IT IS TO BURN
Finch 34 weeks on chart
STYLE
What the caterwaul-loving, facially pierced young punk is listening to these days.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
To live is misery ("Let's pray for this suicide / And all these pictures falling down"), to pray is gain ("Everything is silent, I feel disconnected / As words turn to phrases, phrases turn to prayer").

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OVERALL QUALITY
Like so much caterwaul, it improves when the noisemakers have a little fun ("Ender").

2
SUMMER SUN
Yo La Tengo 1 week on chart
STYLE
Autumnal alternative rock.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
"You can only hurt the ones you love, not the ones you're thinking of" (possibly "not the ones you think you love") ... "I don't care what's wrong or right if you're not there by my side" ... "I want to make you feel OK right now."

OVERALL QUALITY
Pleasant and sweet; just experimental and ironic enough to defuse accusations of wimpiness.

3
DRUNK ENOUGH TO DANCE
Bowling for Soup 13 weeks on chart
STYLE
Snotty frat-house brat-punk.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
Everything-except for "Where to Begin" and "Greatest Day," the only songs entirely lacking in coarse slang, vulgarity, coarse humor, casual blasphemy, and/or outright profanity.

WORLDVIEW
Snotty frat-house brat-punks have a hard time getting and/or keeping the chicks of their dreams.

OVERALL QUALITY
"Girl All the Bad Guys Want"-an "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" for the new millennium.

4
WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME
Jason Mraz 15 weeks on chart
STYLE
Genre- (and generation-) spanning singer-songwriterese at its most hyper-verbal.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"Curbside Prophet," in which the "rocket" in the album's title becomes the most obvious of double entendres.

WORLDVIEW
A pun is the highest form of wit; cleverness is next to godliness (e.g., "We can keep chilling like ice cream filling / We can cool in the gang if you'd rather hang").

OVERALL QUALITY
Surprisingly catchy, occasionally annoying, often charming.

5
Y TENERTE OTRA VEZ
Pepe Aguilar 3 weeks on chart
STYLE
Tejano.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
?Que voy a hacer sin verte? / Seguro que sufrir. Preferible la muerte, / que dejar de tenerte, y alejado de ti. (Roughly: "What am I going to do without seeing you? / I'm sure to suffer. Death is preferable to no longer having you, to being far away from you.")

OVERALL QUALITY
Knowing Spanish helps, as does liking Barry Manilow and Slim Whitman.

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