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The A Lists: 1992 (82)

  • Freedy Johnston: Can You Fly (Bar/None)
  • Ya Ntesa Dalienst & Le Maquisard: Belalo (Sango Music import)
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli: Resistance Is Defence (Earthworks)
  • David Murray: Shakill's Warrior (DIW/Columbia)
  • Lucinda Williams: Sweet Old World (Chameleon)
  • Taj Mahal: Taj's Blues (Columbia/Legacy)
  • L7: Bricks Are Heavy (Slash)
  • Coupé Cloué: Maximum Compas From Haiti (Earthworks)
  • Tom Zé: Brazil 5: The Return of Tom Zé: The Hips of Tradition (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • Madonna: Erotica (Maverick/Reprise)
  • Sonic Youth: Dirty (DGC)
  • Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (Matador)
  • Yoko Ono: Walking on Thin Ice (Rykodisc)
  • The Roches: A Dove (MCA)
  • The Goats: Tricks of the Shade (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  • Randy Travis: Greatest Hits Volume One (Warner Bros.)
  • Shanté: The Bitch Is Back (Livin' Large)
  • Popinjays: Flying Down to Mono Valley (Epic/One Little Indian)
  • Utah Saints: Utah Saints (London)
  • Gregory Isaacs: Best of Volumes One and Two (Heartbeat)
  • Giant Sand: Ramp (Restless)
  • Orchestra Baobab: On Verra Ça (World Circuit)
  • E.T. Mensah: Day by Day (Retroafric)
  • Thelonious Monster: Beautiful Mess (Capitol)
  • The Robert Cray Band: I Was Warned (Mercury)
  • Asia Classics 1: The South Indian Film Music of Vijaya Anand: Dance Raja Dance (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • Les Ambassadeurs Internationales Featuring Salif Keita: Les Ambassadeurs Internationales Featuring Salif Keita (Rounder)
  • John Lee Hooker: The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 (Rhino '91)
  • Bikini Kill: Bikini Kill (Kill Rock Stars)
  • The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury (4th & B'way)
  • T.P OK Jazz: Somo! (TMS import '90)
  • Prince and the New Power Generation: [File Under Prince] (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.)
  • A World Out of Time (Shanachie)
  • Stacy Dean Campbell: Lonesome Wins Again (Columbia)
  • The Disco Years, Vol. 4: Lost in Music (Rhino)
  • The Vaselines: The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History (Sub Pop)
  • PJ Harvey: Dry (Indigo)
  • Kickin Mental Detergent (Kickin USA)
  • Pete Johnson: King of Boogie (Milan)
  • Eric B. & Rakim: Don't Sweat the Technique (MCA)
  • Th Faith Healers: Lido (Elektra)
  • Eric Agyeman: Highlife Safari (Stern's Africa)
  • Only for the Headstrong: The Ultimate Rave Compilation (FFRR)
  • Ministry: Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed and the Way To Suck Eggs (Sire/Reprise)
  • Luna²: Lunapark (Elektra)
  • Body Count: Body Count (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  • Kris Kross: Totally Krossed Out (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  • Randy Travis: Greatest Hits Volume Two (Warner Bros.)
  • Joe Houston: Cornbread and Cabbage Greens (Specialty)
  • Grateful Dead: Two From the Vault (Grateful Dead)
  • Nirvana: Incesticide (DGC)
  • Sugar: Copper Blue (Rykodisc)
  • John Trudell: AKA Grafitti Man (Rykodisc)
  • Chris Bell: I Am the Cosmos (Rykodisc)
  • Yo Yo: Black Pearl (EastWest)
  • The Chills: Soft Bomb (Warner Bros.)
  • Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar: Apocalypse Across the Sky (Axiom)
  • Guys and Dolls (RCA Victor)
  • Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Moçambique: Independance (Piranha import)
  • George Jones: Walls Can Fall (MCA)
  • Morrissey: Your Arsenal (Sire)
  • Leonard Cohen: The Future (Columbia)
  • Hoosier Hot Shots: Rural Rhythm 1935-1942 (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Sweet Talks/A.B. Crentsil: Sweet Talks--Hollywood Highlife Party + A.B. Crentsil--Moses (ADC import)
  • FU-Schnickens: F.U.--Don't Take It Personal (Jive)
  • Azagas and Archibogs (Original Music '91)
  • They Might Be Giants: Apollo 18 (Elektra)
  • ZZ Top: Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.)
  • Steely & Clevie: Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage (Heartbeat)
  • Gilberto Gil/Jorge Ben: Gil e Jorge (Verve)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Shanachie)
  • Monty Python: Monty Python Sings (Virgin)
  • The Beautiful South: 0898 Beautiful South (Elektra)
  • Dennis Robbins: Man With a Plan (Giant)
  • Nirvana: Hormoaning (DGC import)
  • Ramones: Mondo Bizarro (Radioactive)
  • Ani DiFranco: Imperfectly (Righteous Babe)
  • The Breeders: Safari (4AD/Elektra)
  • Pavement: Watery, Domestic (Matador)
  • Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha: Laissez Passer (Afric Music import)
  • Rosie Flores: After the Farm (HighTone)
  • Boogie Down Productions: Sex and Violence (Jive)

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


The A Lists: 1991 The A Lists: 1993