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The A Lists: 1991 (79)

  • James Brown: Star Time (Polydor)
  • Guitar Paradise of East Africa (Earthworks)
  • Nirvana: Nevermind (DGC)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson: Tings an' Times (Shanachie)
  • Wild About My Lovin': Beale Street Blues 1928-1930 (RCA)
  • Public Enemy: Apocalypse '91: The Empire Strikes Black (Def Jam)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Discography (EMI)
  • Loketo: Extra Ball (Shanachie)
  • The Jazz Age (Bluebird)
  • Sonny Sharrock Band: Highlife (Enemy)
  • R.E.M.: Out of Time (Warner Bros.)
  • Risqué Rhythm: Nasty '50s R&B (Rhino)
  • Bonnie Raitt: Luck of the Draw (Capitol)
  • Feelies: The Time for a Witness (A&M)
  • P.M. Dawn: Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience (Gee Street)
  • Run-D.M.C.: Together Forever: Greatest Hits 1983-1991 (Profile)
  • Al Green: One in a Million (Word/Epic)
  • Ice-T: O.G.: Original Gangster (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Gary Stewart: Gary's Greatest (HighTone)
  • Pulnoc: City of Hysteria (Arista)
  • Tshala Muana: Soukous Siren (Shanachie)
  • The Kings and Queens of Township Jive: Modern Roots of the Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Earthworks)
  • John Prine: The Missing Years (Oh Boy)
  • Cumbia Cumbia (World Circuit import)
  • Digital Underground: This Is an EP Release (Tommy Boy)
  • Dorothy Masuka: Pata Pata (Mango)
  • Pixies: Trompe Le Monde (Elektra/4AD)
  • The Leaving Trains: Loser Illusion Pt. 0 (SST)
  • Slick Rick: The Ruler's Back (Def Jam/Columbia)
  • Michael Jackson: Dangerous (Epic)
  • The Blasters: The Blasters Collection (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  • Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend (Zoo)
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore: "After Awhile" (Nonesuch)
  • Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  • The Pooh Sticks: The Great White Wonder (Sweet Virginia)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers: Talkin' Blues (Tuff Gong)
  • The Bats: Compiletely Bats (Communion)
  • Eleventh Dream Day: Lived To Tell (Atlantic)
  • My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Mekons: Curse of the Mekons (Blast First import)
  • Black Stalin: Roots Rock Soca (Rounder)
  • Yo-Yo: Make Way for the Motherlode (East West)
  • Motorhead: 1916 (WTG)
  • Jit--The Movie (Earthworks)
  • The Only Ones: The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit)
  • John Lee Hooker: Mr. Lucky (Charisma/Pointblank)
  • Tabu Ley Rochereau: Man From Kinshasa (Shanachie)
  • Pulnoc: Pulnoc (Globus International import)
  • Linda Gail Lewis: International Affair (New Rose import)
  • G.W. McLennan: Watershed (Beggars Banquet)
  • Kenya Dance Mania (Earthworks)
  • The Most Beautiful Christmas Carols (Milan)
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry: Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat)
  • Eurythmics: Greatest Hits (Arista)
  • Too Much Joy: Cereal Killers (Giant)
  • Downtown Science: Downtown Science (Def Jam/Columbia)
  • Charlie Feathers: Charlie Feathers (Nonesuch)
  • New Jack City (Giant)
  • The La's: The La's (London)
  • Alex Chilton: 19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton (Rhino)
  • Tina Turner: Simply the Best (Capitol)
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Weld (Reprise)
  • Chris Smither: Another Way To Find You (Flying Fish)
  • Wir: The First Letter (Mute/Elektra)
  • Dennis Alcapone: Forever Version (Heartbeat)
  • Oumou Sangare: Moussolou (World Circuit)
  • Champion Jack Dupree: Forever and Ever (Bullseye Blues)
  • The Go-Betweens: The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit)
  • Roky Erickson: You're Gonna Miss Me: The Best of Roky Erickson (Restless)
  • Garth Brooks: Ropin' the Wind (Capitol)
  • Robert Ward and the Black Top All-Stars: Fear No Evil (Black Top)
  • The KLF: The White Room (Arista)
  • Ali Hassan Kuban: From Nubia to Cairo (Shanachie)
  • Lifers Group: Lifers Group (Hollywood Basic)
  • My Bloody Valentine: Tremolo (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: You Shoulda Told Me You Were . . . (Columbia)
  • King Missile: The Way to Salvation (Atlantic)
  • I.K. Dairo M.B.E. and His Blue Spots: I Remember (Music of the World)
  • Pavement: Perfect Sound Forever (Drag City)

Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, 2000


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