Story: Jack Foley
RAP duo Outkast could well be shouting Hey Ya once
again, after their latest album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,
was named as the best album of 2003, according to UK music critics
in a year-end poll of polls compiled by retailer,
The US duo beat Mercury Music Prize winner, Dizzee Rascal, who
came second, as well as the likes of The Darkness and The White
Stripes, in the poll.
The list was compiled by HMV using the best of round-ups
of music magazines such as the NME, Q, Mixmag and Mojo, which
all rated Outkast highly. The album has been a massive hit in
America, where it is still number one, and has spawned the popular
single, Hey Ya, in the UK, where the album has sold over 100,000
A two-CD set, it is best described as two solo albums by the
duo's members, Big Boi and Andre 3000, and comprises several styles.
It beat the likes of the White Stripes' latest, Elephant, which
came fourth, as well as The Darkness' Permission To Land (fifth),
Radiohead's Hail To The Thief, The Strokes Room
on Fire and Blurs Think
Tank, which did make the top ten.
Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for HMV, said: "OutKast's
album is a real melting pot of styles and rightly deserves the
praise which has been heaped on it.
"And the poll itself just goes to prove that there's life
in the old dogs yet, as veterans such as Radiohead, Jane's Addiction
and Blur all manage a respectable top 20 place each."
The poll of poll top five:
1. OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
2. Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
3. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium
4. The White Stripes - Elephant
The Darkness - Permission To Land