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The A Lists: 1996 (88)

  • DJ Shadow: Endtroducing . . . DJ Shadow (Mo' Wax/FFRR)
  • Fluffy: Black Eye (The Enclave)
  • Fugees: The Score (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  • Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor (Chainsaw)
  • Frank Sinatra: Everything Happens to Me (Reprise)
  • Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch)
  • The Go-Betweens: Spring Hill Fair (Beggars Banquet)
  • Iris DeMent: The Way I Should (Warner Bros.)
  • Ocean of Sound (Virgin import)
  • Hot Luv: The Ultimate Dance Songs Collection (EMI-Capitol Music Group)
  • L.L. Cool J: All World (Def Jam)
  • Los Lobos: Colossal Head (Warner Bros.)
  • Mutabaruka: The Ultimate Collection (Shanachie)
  • Ghostface Killah: Ironman (Razor Sharp/Epic Street)
  • Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (DGC)
  • James Carter: Conversin' With the Elders (Atlantic)
  • Toni Tony Toné: House of Music (Mercury)
  • Imperial Teen: Seasick (Slash/London)
  • Willie Nelson: Spirit (Island)
  • Etoile 2000: Etoile 2000 (Dakar Sound import)
  • Los Guanches: The Corpse Went Dancing Rumba (Corason)
  • El Caimán: Sones Huastecos (Corason)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party: Intoxicated Spirit (Shanachie)
  • Sublime: Sublime (MCA/Gasoline Alley)
  • Youssou N'Dour: Lii! (Jololi import)
  • George Clinton: Greatest Funkin' Hits (Capitol)
  • Joni Mitchell: Hits (Reprise)
  • Fine Young Cannibals: The Finest (London/MCA)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Bilingual (Atlantic)
  • Warren Zevon: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) (Rhino)
  • Sam Chege: Kickin' Kikuyu-Style (Original Music)
  • Loudon Wainwright III: Grown Man (Virgin)
  • Beck: Odelay (DGC)
  • Kwanzaa Party! (Rounder)
  • Pulp: Different Class (Island)
  • Sammy: Tales of Great Neck Glory (DGC)
  • Graham Haynes: Transition (Antilles)
  • Tokyo Invasion, Volume 1: Cosmic Kurushi Monsters (Virgin import)
  • Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra)
  • Pop Fiction (Quango)
  • Bikini Kill: Reject All American (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Babyface: The Day (Epic)
  • Chaka Khan: Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan Volume One (Reprise)
  • Arto Lindsay: O Corpo Sutil/The Subtle Body (Bar/None)
  • Djeli Moussa Diawara: Sobindo (Mélodie import)
  • Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Island)
  • Fluffy: 5 Live (The Enclave)
  • R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Warner Bros.)
  • Chuck D: Autobiography of Mistachuck (Mercury)
  • Sidi Touré: Hoga (Stern's Africa)
  • Local H: As Good as Dead (Island)
  • Sebadoh: Harmacy (Sub Pop)
  • Ani DiFranco: Dilate (Righteous Babe)
  • Prince Paul: Psychoanalysis (What Is It?) (WordSound)
  • Tshala Muana: Mutuashi (Stern's Africa)
  • Lobi Traoré: Ségou (Cobalt import)
  • Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe: Kedu America (Xenophile)
  • Girls Against Boys: House of GvsB (Touch & Go)
  • [File Under Prince]: Chaos and Disorder (Warner Bros.)
  • Pharoah Sanders: Message From Home (Verve)
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Matapedia (Rykodisc)
  • Sugar and Poison (Virgin import)
  • Pass the Mic: The Posse Album (Priority)
  • Ray Condo and His Ricochets: Swing Brother Swing! (Joaquin)
  • Latyrx (Lateef & Lyrics Born): The Album (SoleSides)
  • Archers of Loaf: All the Nations Airports (Alias)
  • Tabu Ley Rochereau: Africa Worldwide (Rounder)
  • Etoile De Dakar: Volume 3: Lay Suma Lay (Stern's Africa)
  • Lou Reed: Set the Twilight Reeling (Warner Bros.)
  • Al Jolson: Let Me Sing and I'm Happy: Al Jolson at Warner Bros. 1926-1936 (Turner Classic Movies/Rhino)
  • Make 'Em Mokum Crazy (Mokum)
  • FU-Schnickens: Greatest Hits (Jive)
  • Dramarama: The Best of Dramarama: 18 Big Ones (Eleketra Traditions)
  • Sex Pistols: Filthy Lucre Live (Virgin)
  • [File Under Prince]: Emancipation (NRG)
  • Leon Parker: Belief (Columbia)
  • Thomas Mapfumo: The Singles Collection 1977-1986 (Zimbob)
  • Toni Braxton: Secrets (LaFace)
  • Modest Mouse: This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing To Think About (Up)
  • Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five: More of the Best (Rhino)
  • His Name Is Alive: Stars on E.S.P. (4AD)
  • Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust? (Discovery)
  • Archers of Loaf: The Speed of Cattle (Alias)
  • Bobbie Cryner: Girl of Your Dreams (MCA)
  • Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire (Elektra)
  • Grateful Dead: Dozin' at the Knick (Grateful Dead)
  • Uz Jsme Doma: Hollywood (Skoda)
  • Massive Attack V Mad Professor: No Protection (Gyroscope)

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


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