The second compilation of world music from BBC tastemaker Charlie Gillett to receive international distribution, World 2003 once again takes the pulse of this most broadly defined genre. What are Gillett's criteria? "Music likely to be more interesting than most of what is available in the established genres" is how the DJ sees it, and that holds true over the course of this two-CD set. There are hundreds of miscellaneous "global sounds" collections, but few can match this one for its authoritative breadth, easy-on-the-ears melodicism, and consistent surprises. Connoisseurs will notice almost immediately the fulcrum shifting away from African and Latin American artists -- only 8 African tracks of the 35 here, and fewer Latinos -- in favor of the alternative sounds of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Arab world. One of the BBC's most recent success stories was Portuguese fado singer Mariza, who appears on this edition as well, along with her countrywoman Lula Pena. Pena's subdued, dark-hued fado is not just the polar opposite to Mariza's dramatic delivery, it's likely to surprise even experts. From neighboring Spain comes dynamic flamenco hybrids -- the kinetic Ojos de Brujo and a duet between Cuban pianist Pepesito Reyes and cantaora Estrella Morente -- as well as frenzied world pop from Manu Chao, Dusminguet, Amparanoia, and Brazilian transplant Wagner Pa. Is Barcelona destined to become the new Paris, until recently the capital of world music? Gillett seems to think so. But perhaps the "new world order" here owes to the realization that spellbinding music exists in all cultures. Gillett rightly allows the late Joe Strummer's Mescaleros, Canadians the Be Good Tanyas, and Arizona's Calexico in on the fun, and none are folk groups, either -- they just show a healthy appetite for sounds just outside the Western pop mainstream. After 20 years of "no borders" agitprop from global music boosters, World 2003 shows us what that really means -- that the world, and its music, is just outside your door.