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The A Lists: 1999 (101)

  • The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (Merge)
  • Moby: Play (V2)
  • A Tribe Called Quest: Anthology (Jive)
  • Le Tigre: Le Tigre (Mr. Lady)
  • John Prine: In Spite of Ourselves (Oh Boy)
  • Holy Modal Rounders: Too Much Fun (Rounder)
  • Latin Playboys: Dose (Atlantic)
  • Sleater-Kinney: The Hot Rock (Kill Rock Stars)
  • MTV: The First Thousand Years: R&B (Rhino)
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School: So . . . How's Your Girl? (Tommy Boy)
  • Willie Nelson: Night and Day (Pedernales/FreeFalls)
  • Prince Paul: Prince Paul Presents A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy)
  • Q-Tip: Amplified (Arista)
  • Jay-Z: Vol 3 . . . Life and Times of S. Carter (Roc-A-Fella)
  • Old 97's: Fight Songs (Elektra)
  • Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band: The Mountain (E Squared)
  • Randy Newman: Bad Love (DreamWorks)
  • Goodie Mob: World Party (LaFace)
  • RZA: The RZA Hits (Razor Sharp/Epic)
  • Eminem: The Slim Shady LP (Aftermath/Interscope)
  • Mandy Barnett: I've Got a Right to Cry (Sire)
  • Imperial Teen: What Is Not to Love (London)
  • The Handsome Family: Down in the Valley (Independent import)
  • Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate: Kulanjan (Hannibal)
  • Mary J. Blige: Mary (MCA)
  • Trailer Bride: Whine de Lune (Bloodshot)
  • Tropicália Essentials (Hip-O)
  • Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph)
  • Papa Wemba: M'zée Fula-Ngenge (Sonodisc import)
  • Gang Starr: Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr (Virgin)
  • The Dismemberment Plan: Emergency and I (DeSoto)
  • Blink 182: Enema of the State (MCA)
  • Pretenders: Viva El Amor (Warner Bros.)
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Atlantic)
  • Spring Heel Jack: Treader (Tugboat import)
  • Totally Hits (Arista)
  • Y2K: Beat the Clock (Columbia)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Nightlife (Parlophone/Sire)
  • Drive-by Truckers: Pizza Deliverance (Soul Dump)
  • Salif Keita: Papa (Metro Blue)
  • Pavement: Terror Twilight (Matador)
  • Cesaria Evora: Café Atlantico (Lusafrica/RCA Victor/BMG Classics)
  • Dr. Dooom: First Come, First Served (Funky Ass)
  • Charlie Burton: One Man's Trash: The Charlie Burton Story: '77-'99 (Bulldog)
  • Waco Brothers: WacoWorld (Bloodshot)
  • The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sound of Science (Grand Royal/Capitol)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Shanachie)
  • Ali Farka Toure: Niafunké (Hannibal)
  • Dream Warriors: Anthology: A Decade of Hits 1988-1998 (Priority)
  • Baby Gramps: Same Ol' Timeously (Grampophone)
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: Live at Yoshi's (Verve)
  • Sebadoh: The Sebadoh (Sub Pop/Sire)
  • Slick Rick: The Art of Storytelling (Def Jam)
  • Blondie: No Exit (Beyond)
  • Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session (Stax)
  • Ani DiFranco: Up Up Up Up Up Up (Righteous Babe)
  • Chris Smither: Drive You Home Again (HighTone)
  • Estrellas de Arieto: Los Heroes (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  • Genaside II: Ad Finite (Durban Poison)
  • The Del-Lords: Get Tough: The Best of the Del-Lords (Restless)
  • Taraf de Haďdouks: Taraf de Haďdouks (Nonesuch)
  • The Real Hip-Hop: Best of D&D Studios Vol.1 (Cold Front)
  • Baaba Maal: Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Palm Pictures)
  • Cape Verde (Putumayo World Music)
  • Liquid Todd: Action (Ultra)
  • Mos Def: Black on Both Sides (Rawkus)
  • Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II (Rawkus)
  • South African Rhythm Riot: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Volume 6 (Stern's/Earthworks)
  • Black Box Recorder: England Made Me (Jetset)
  • They Might Be Giants: Long Tall Weekend (www.emusic.com)
  • Arto Lindsay: Prize (Righteous Babe)
  • Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run (Capitol)
  • Streets of Dakar: Generation Boul Falé (Stern's Africa)
  • Natacha Atlas: Gedida (Beggars Banquet)
  • Baobab: N'Wolof (Dakar Sound import '98)
  • Casa de la Trova (Detour)
  • The Donnas: Get Skintight (Lookout!)
  • Continental Drifters: Vermilion (Razor & Tie)
  • The Robert Cray Band: Heavy Picks--The Robert Cray Band Collection (Mercury)
  • Frank Sinatra: Sinatra '57--In Concert (DCC)
  • Uptown Lounge (The Right Stuff)
  • Millennium Hip Hop Party (Rhino)
  • Teri Thornton: I'll Be Easy to Find (Blue Note)
  • Pere Ubu: Apocalypse Now (Thirsty Ear)
  • Fiona Apple: When the Pawn . . . (Clean Slate/Epic)
  • Roots Rock Guitar Party: Zimbabwe Frontline 3 (Stern's/Earthworks)
  • Ruffhouse Records Greatest Hits (Ruffhouse)
  • Dwight Yoakam: Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Dwight Yoakam's Greatest Hits from the 90's (Reprise)
  • Idlewild: Hope Is Important (Odeon)
  • Mekons: I Have Been to Heaven and Back: Hen's Teeth and Other Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 1 (Quarterstick)
  • Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons (Almo Sounds)
  • Tricky With DJ Muggs and Grease: Juxtapose (Island)
  • Lightning Over the River (Music Club)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Number 447 (Razor & Tie)
  • Belle and Sebastian: Tigermilk (Matador)
  • Kelis: Kaleidoscope (Virgin)
  • Source Direct: Exorcise the Demons (Astralwerks)
  • Alpha Yaya Diallo: The Message (Wicklow)
  • Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park (A&M)
  • The Comedian Harmonists: The Comedian Harmonists (Hannibal)
  • Don White: Brown Eyes Shine (Lumperboy)

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


The A Lists: 1998