Scott Ford’s Top 5 of 2003
I asked Twilight Singers bassist Scott Ford to put together a Top 10 list of his favorite albums of 2003. Being a bit of a dry year, Scott wrote up an impressive Top 5. Enjoy. – Lee
Grandaddy – Sumday
I’ve always been a big fan of people going out on a limb musically and doing stuff which grabs my attention. There’s no better example than this album. I fell in love with it from the first listen. The simplicity of the songs and the instruments used to craft them make this an all time fave. It’s also worth mentioning that the previous album, The Sophtware Slump, is an instant classic too.
http://www.grandaddylandscape.com/ | Amazon
The Polyphonic Spree – The Beginning Stages Of
So I was at the Coachella festival this year (mainly to see the Stooges reunion), when I stumbled across TPS. There’s nothing more impressive to me than a 23 piece band that rocks. Let’s put it this way, they ain’t in it for the money. The album reminds me of Jesus Christ Superstar but recorded with a lot more drug use. All in all, an amazing album and one of the best live acts I have ever seen.
http://www.thepolyphonicspree.com | Amazon
Tim Easton – Break Your Mothers Heart
Imagine Ryan Adams without being a complete prick, and you have Tim Easton. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this guy on a night out to my local coffee shop, and he floored me with his songs. One of the best songwriters on the planet, coupled with great guitar skills, makes for one hell of an entertaining album.
http://www.timeaston.com/ | Amazon
Rancid – Indestructible
I grew up in the middle of punk, and what passes for punk these days is nothing short of pathetic. Rancid is the exception to the rule. Staying true to their DIY ethos, the album flows with incredibly well crafted tunes that remind me of better days. I’ve always loved these guys, and let’s face it, Matt Freeman is the best bass player of my generation.
http://www.rancidrancid.com/ | Amazon
Marc Ford – It’s About Time
The one time lead guitar player for the Black Crowes released this independent album this year, and it’s amazing. This guy puts any other guitar player to shame, and backed by a bevy of accomplished artists including Ben Harper, Chris Stills and Berry Oakley Jr., he pulls off the Crowes album I always wanted to hear. And no, we aren’t related.