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The A Lists: 1998 (87)

  • Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Mercury)
  • The Music in My Head (Stern's Africa)
  • Sonic Youth: A Thousand Leaves (DGC)
  • Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue (Elektra)
  • American Pop: An Audio History (West Hill Audio Archives)
  • Liz Phair: Whitechocolatespaceegg (Matador/Capitol)
  • Miles Davis: Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (Columbia)
  • The Plastic People of the Universe: 1997 (Globus International import)
  • Public Enemy: He Got Game (Def Jam)
  • Aretha Franklin: A Rose Is Still a Rose (Arista)
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Party Rock (Hard Rock/Rhino)
  • George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars: Dope Dogs (Dogone)
  • The B-52's: Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation (Warner Bros.)
  • The Coup: Steal This Album (Dogday)
  • Gang of Four: 100 Flowers Bloom (Rhino)
  • Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Grand Royal)
  • Cadallaca: Introducing Cadallaca (K)
  • Los Van Van: La Colección Cubana (Music Club)
  • Canibus: Can-I-Bus (Universal)
  • Bonnie Raitt: Fundamental (Capitol)
  • James Carter: In Carterian Fashion (Atlantic)
  • Local H: Pack Up the Cats (Island)
  • Mary J. Blige: The Tour (MCA)
  • Pulnoc: Live in New York (Globus International import)
  • Grandaddy: Under the Western Freeway (V2)
  • Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans): Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans) (Atlantic)
  • Sarge: The Glass Intact (Mud)
  • Kid Rock: Devil Without a Cause (Atlantic/Lava)
  • P.M. Dawn: Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad (Gee Street/V2)
  • PJ Harvey: Is This Desire? (Island)
  • John Lennon: Wonsaponatime (Capitol)
  • Alanis Morissette: Supposed Former Infatutation Junkie (Maverick/Reprise)
  • Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here (Yazoo)
  • Bang on a Can: Music for Airports: Brian Eno (Point Music)
  • Rancid: Life Won't Wait (Epitaph)
  • OutKast: Aquemini (LaFace)
  • Butch Thompson: Thompson Plays Joplin (Daring)
  • Air: Moon Safari (Source/Caroline)
  • Tom Waits: Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years (Island)
  • Chumbawamba: Uneasy Listening (EMI import)
  • Fat Beats & Brastraps: Classics (Rhino)
  • Tom Zé: Fabrication Defect/Com Defeito De Fabricao (Luaka Bop)
  • Alvin Youngblood Hart: Territory (Rykodisc)
  • Archers of Loaf: White Trash Heroes (Alias)
  • Amy Rigby: Middlescence (Koch)
  • Soul Coughing: El Oso (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  • Beck: Mutations (DGC)
  • James Brown: Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68 (Polydor)
  • The King's Record Collection (Hip-O)
  • Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces (Island)
  • Sunz of Man: (The Last Shall Be First) (Red Ant)
  • New Radicals: Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too (MCA)
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle: The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)
  • Black Star: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus)
  • Jon Langford: Skull Orchard (Sugar Free)
  • United Kingdom of Punk: The Hardcore Years (Music Club)
  • Redman: Doc's Da Name 2000 (Def Jam)
  • Bran Van 3000: Glee (Capitol)
  • The Andy Statman Quartet: The Hidden Light (Sony Classical)
  • Belle and Sebastian: The Boy With the Arab Strap (Matador)
  • Killah Priest: Heavy Mental (Geffen)
  • Chris Knight: Chris Knight (Decca)
  • Bikini Kill: The Singles (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Fatboy Slim: On the Floor at the Boutique (Skint import)
  • Badar Ali Khan: Lost in Qawwali II (Worldly/Triloka)
  • King Sunny Ade: Odù (Atlantic/Mesa)
  • John Lee Hooker: The Best of Friends (Pointblank)
  • Ani DiFranco: Little Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe)
  • Youssou N'Dour: Best of 80's (Celluloid import)
  • Afro-Latino (Putumayo World Music)
  • MTV's Amp 2 (MTV/Astralwerks)
  • Buddy Guy and Junior Wells: Last Time Around (Silvertone)
  • The Offspring: Americana (Columbia)
  • Odyssey the Band: Reunion (Knitting Factory Works)
  • Red Hot + Rhapsody (Antilles)
  • Paolo Conte: The Best of Paolo Conte (Nonesuch)
  • Hound Dog Taylor: A Tribute (Alligator)
  • Rachid Taha: Diwan (Island)
  • Pearl Jam: Yield (Epic)
  • Mary Lou Lord: Got No Shadow (Work)
  • Scrawl: Nature Film (Elektra)
  • Henri Dikongué: C'Est La Vie (Tinder)
  • Quasi: Featuring "Birds" (Up)
  • Garbage: Version 2.0 (Almo Sounds)
  • Cuba Now (Metro Blue)
  • Ali: Crucial (Island Black Music)
  • Victoria Williams: Musings of a Creekdipper (Atlantic)

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


The A Lists: 1997 The A Lists: 1999