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Culture | The Top 5 most-played Triple A albums according to CMJ NMR (College Media Journal New Music Report) Issue #813

Issue: "Memorial Day 2003," May 24, 2003
1
WORLD WITHOUT TEARS
Lucinda Williams 4 weeks on chart
STYLE
Stark, bluesy, emotionally raw electric folk.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"Those Three Days" (obscenity).

WORLDVIEW
"If we lived in a world without tears / How would bruises find / The face to lie upon / How would scars find skin / To etch themselves into / How would broken find bones" (the title song).

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OVERALL QUALITY
Comfort for the afflicted, affliction for the comfortable.

2
SUMMER SUN
Yo La Tengo 3 weeks 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 O.K. right now."

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

3
RAINY DAY MUSIC
The Jayhawks 5 weeks on chart
STYLE
An accomplished blend of the Eagles, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Hollies, CSN, America, and Tom Petty.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
Women-you can't live with them, and you can't live without them; you can, however, float your women problems on the twin wings of lush harmonies and vulnerable- male cliches and thereby predispose future Miss Wrongs toward believing that you're Mr. Right.

OVERALL QUALITY
Roots-pop at its catchiest.

4
EVOLVE
Ani DiFranco 8 weeks on chart
STYLE
Hebephrenic folk-punk-jazz.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
"Promised Land," "Slide," "Serpentine" (obscenity).

WORLDVIEW
Explicitly pro-marijuana, anti-capitalism, anti-war, anti-"religious fundamentals," anti-conservative blacks ("Uncle Tom is posing for a photo op / with the Oval Office clan"), and "[N]ature is our teacher and our mother / and God is just another story that we tell."

OVERALL QUALITY
For radicals only.

5
ELEPHANT
The White Stripes 4 weeks on chart
STYLE
An accomplished and often dryly humorous blend of '60s-era garage rock, psychedelia, and proto-punk.

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL
None.

WORLDVIEW
"We mourn the sweetheart's loss in a disgusting world of opportunistic, lottery ticket holders caring about nothing that is long term, only the cheap thrill, the kick, the for the moment pleasure ..." (from the Dylanesque, apparently tongue-in-cheek liner notes).

OVERALL QUALITY
A refreshingly light take on notoriously heavy music.

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