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The A Lists: 1997 (101)

  • Arto Lindsay: Mundo Civilizado (Bar/None)
  • Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • ESPN Presents Slam Jams Vol. 1 (Tommy Boy)
  • Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Pavement: Brighten the Corners (Matador)
  • Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador)
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Fit To Be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Blackheart/Mercury)
  • Township Jazz 'n' Jive (Music Club)
  • Spring Heel Jack: Busy Curious Thirsty (Island)
  • The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Bad Boy)
  • Sinéad O'Connor: So Far . . . The Best of Sinéad O'Connor (Chrysalis/EMI-Capitol)
  • Closer Than a Kiss: Crooner Classics (Rhino)
  • Tiger: Shining in the Wood (Bar/None)
  • Cornershop: When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • This Is Ska! (Music Club)
  • Miles Davis: Dark Magus (Columbia/Legacy)
  • The Beautiful South: Blue Is the Colour (Ark 21)
  • Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton: Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton (Verve)
  • The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers--A Tribute (Columbia/Egyptian)
  • The Klezmatics: Possessed (Xenophile)
  • Toots and the Maytals: Time Tough: The Anthology (Island Jamaica '96)
  • Jazz Passengers Featuring Deborah Harry: Individually Twisted (32)
  • Spring Heel Jack: 68 Million Shades . . . (Island)
  • Badar Ali Khan: Lost in Qawwali (Worldly/Triloka)
  • Belle and Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister (The Enclave)
  • Oumou Sangare: Worotan (World Circuit)
  • Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Wyclef Jean: Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugee Allstars (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  • Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (Columbia)
  • Jeb Loy Nichols: Lovers Knot (Capitol)
  • Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest)
  • Amp (Astralwerks)
  • The Waco Brothers: Cowboy in Flames (Bloodshot)
  • Mary J. Blige: Share My World (MCA)
  • That Dog: Retreat From the Sun (DGC)
  • Luna: Pup Tent (Elektra)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Shanachie)
  • Timbaland and Magoo: Welcome to Our World (Blackground/Atlantic)
  • Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West (Up)
  • Rubén González: Introducing . . . Rubén González (World Circuit)
  • Shania Twain: Come On Over (Mercury)
  • Mase: Harlem World (Bad Boy)
  • Smash Mouth: Fush Yu Mang (Interscope)
  • John Anderson: Takin' the Country Back (Mercury)
  • Corey Harris: Fish Ain't Bitin' (Alligator)
  • Jazz Satellites--Volume 1: Electrification (Virgin import)
  • Freedy Johnston: Never Home (Elektra)
  • Kinleys: Just Between You and Me (Epic)
  • Thompson & Thompson: Industry (Rykodisc)
  • Bergville Stories (Columbia import)
  • Arcana: Arc of the Testimony (Axiom/Island)
  • David Murray: Fo deuk Revue (Justin Time import)
  • Mystikal: Unpredictable (Jive/No Limit)
  • Bis: The New Transistor Heroes (Grand Royal)
  • The Bottle Rockets: 24 Hours a Day (Atlantic)
  • Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope (Virgin)
  • Muggs Presents . . . The Soul Assassins Chapter 1 (Columbia)
  • Cesaria Evora: Cabo Verde (Nonesuch)
  • Tony Toni Toné: Hits (Mercury)
  • Wayne Kramer: Citizen Wayne (Epitaph)
  • Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole (Astralwerks)
  • Soundbombing (Rawkus)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Rapture (Music Club)
  • Dan Bern: Dan Bern (Work)
  • The Murmurs: Pristine Smut (MCA)
  • Apples in Stereo: Tone Soul Evolution (SpinArt/Sire)
  • Oruç Güvenc and Tümata: Rivers of One (Interworld)
  • Big Rock'n Beats (Wax Trax!/TVT)
  • Kings of African Music (Music Club)
  • Los Van Van: Best of Los Van Van (Milan Latino)
  • Mandela (Mango)
  • Beats & Rhymes: Hip Hop of the '90s, Part II (Rhino)
  • Frank Sinatra and the Red Norvo Quintet: Live in Australia, 1959 (Blue Note)
  • Ani DiFranco: Living in Clip (Righteous Babe)
  • Patsy Cline: Live at the Cimarron Ballroom (MCA)
  • Willie Nelson: I Let My Mind Wander (Kingfisher)
  • History of House Music Vol. 2: New York Garage Style (Cold Front)
  • Blondie: Essential Blondie: Picture This Live (EMI/Capitol)
  • Ornette + Joachim Kühn: Colors (Harmolodic/Verve)
  • Steve Earle: El Corazón (Warner Bros.)
  • L7: The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum (Slash/Reprise)
  • Spearhead: Chocolate Supa Highway (Capitol)
  • Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, Ralph Tresvant: New Edition Solo Hits (MCA)
  • Backstreet Boys: Backstreet Boys (Jive)
  • Buju Banton: Inna Heights (VP)
  • The Dismemberment Plan: The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified (DeSoto)
  • Pavement: Shady Lane (Matador)
  • Strip Jointz (Robbins Music)
  • Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments: Straight to Video (Anyway)
  • Replacements: All for Nothing/Nothing for All (Reprise)
  • Yuri Yunakov Ensemble: New Colors in Bulgarian Wedding Music (Traditional Crossroads)
  • Miles Davis: Black Beauty (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Beats & Rhymes: Hip Hop of the '90s, Part III (Rhino)
  • All the King's Men (Sweetfish)
  • The Neckbones: Souls on Fire (Fat Possum/Epitaph)
  • Forest for the Trees: Forest for the Trees (DreamWorks)
  • Sally Timms: Cowboy Sally (Bloodshot)
  • Foo Fighters: The Colour and the Shape (Roswell)
  • Warda: Lebanon/Algeria (Metro Blue)
  • We: As Is (Asphodel)
  • Moby: Animal Rights (Elektra)

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


The A Lists: 1996 The A Lists: 1998