Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2012: Dean's List


  1. Neil Young With Crazy Horse: Americana (Reprise) 15
  2. Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran (Sham Palace) 14
  3. Loudon Wainwright III: Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound) 12
  4. Pink: The Truth About Love (RCA) 10
  5. Todd Snider: Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (Aimless/Thirty Tigers) 9
  6. Skrillex: Bangarang (Owsla/Big Beat/Atlantic) 8
  7. Himanshu: Nehru Jackets (free Greedhead download) 8
  8. The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth (Merge)) 8
  9. The Rough Guide to Highlife (World Music Network) 8
  10. Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball (Columbia) 8
  11. Azealia Banks: 1991 (Interscope)
  12. Listen . . . Oka! (Oka Productions)
  13. Lee Ranaldo: Between the Times and the Tides (Matador)
  14. The xx: Coexist (Young Turks)
  15. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Ever Do (Epic)
  16. Orchestra Baobab: La Belle Époque: Volume 2 1973-1976 (Syllart)
  17. Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
  18. Karantamba: Ndigal (Teranga Beat)
  19. The Human Hearts: Another (Shrimper)
  20. Homeboy Sandman: First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw)
  21. Spoek Mathambo: Father Creeper (Sub Pop)
  22. Greenberger Greenberg Cebar: Tell Me That Before (Pel Pel)
  23. Taylor Swift: Red (Big Machine)
  24. Saigon: The Greatest Story Never Told: Chapter Two: Bread and Circuses (Suburban Noize)
  25. Serengeti: C.A.R. (Anticon)
  26. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
  27. Homeboy Sandman: The Good Sun (High Water Music '10)
  28. Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts (Sublime Frequencies '11)
  29. Plug: Back on Time (Ninja Tune)
  30. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: A Working Museum (Southern Domestic)
  31. Heems: Wild Water Kingdom (free Greedhead download)
  32. Elle Varner: Perfectly Imperfect (RCA)
  33. Standard Fare: Out of Sight, Out of Town (Melodic '11)
  34. The dB's: Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None)
  35. A Place to Bury Strangers: Worship (Dead Oceans)
  36. Death Grips: No Love Deep Web (free Third Worlds download)
  37. The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia (World Music Network)
  38. Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas (Columbia)
  39. Japandroids: Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  40. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Def Jam)
  41. Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop)
  42. Etta James: The Dreamer (Verve Forecast '11)
  43. Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos (Reprise)
  44. Best Coast: The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
  45. Death Grips: The Money Store (Epic)
  46. Ab-Soul: Control System (Top Dawg download)
  47. Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta (Redeye)
  48. Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
  49. Saint Etienne: Words and Music by Saint Etienne (Heavenly/Universal)
  50. Tommy Womack: Now What! (Cedar Creek)
  51. Public Enemy: Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp (Enemy)
  52. Big Baby Gandhi: No1 2 Look Up 2 (free Greedhead download)
  53. Pet Shop Boys: Elysium (Astralwerks)
  54. Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)
  55. Corin Tucker Band: Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)
  56. Carolyn Mark: The Queen of Vancouver Island (Mint)
  57. s / s / s: Beak & Claw (Anticon)
  58. Thomas Anderson: The Moon in Transit (Four-Track Demos, 1996-2009) (Out There)
  59. Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory (Carpark)
  60. Jamey Johnson: Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury)
  61. The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco (World Music Network)
  62. Ani DiFranco: ¿Which Side Are You On? (Righteous Babe)
  63. P.S. Eliot: Sadie (Salinas '11)
  64. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You (Anti-)
  65. Sleigh Bells: Reign of Terror (Mom + Pop)
  66. Balkan Beat Box (B-B-B): Give (Nat Geo Music)
  67. Lukid: Lonely at the Top (Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune)
  68. Big K.R.I.T.: 4Eva N a Day (free download)
  69. Low Cut Connie: Call Me Sylvia (
  70. Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues (Ninja Tune)
  71. Pete Seeger: The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960 (Smithsonian Folkways)
  72. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The Heist (self-released)
  73. Moreno and L'Orch First Moja-One: Sister Pili + 2 (Sterns Africa)
  74. Burial: Street Halo/Kindred (Hyperdub/Beat)
  75. Bhi Bhiman: Bhiman (Tummy Touch)
  76. Homeboy Sandman: Subject: Matter (Stones Throw download)
  77. Francis Bebey: African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad)
  78. Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: Deluxe Edition (Cash Money/Universal Republic)
  79. Madonna: MDNA (Interscope)
  80. Allo Darlin': Europe (Slumberland)
  81. The Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge)
  82. Two Fingers: Stunt Rhythms (Big Dada)
  83. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Deluxe Edition (Universal Republic '11)
  84. Dylan Hicks: Sings Bolling Greene (Two Deuces)
  85. Serengeti: Kenny Dennis EP (Anticon)
  86. Dobie: Nothing to Fear (Big Dada)
  87. A Place to Bury Strangers: Onwards to the Wall (Dead Oceans)
  88. Clams Casino: Instrumental Mixtape (free download '11)
  89. Divine Fits: A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
  90. Jack White: Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia)
  91. Dobie: . . . But Fear Itself (Big Dada)
  92. Ned Sublette: Kiss You Down South (Postmambo)
  93. Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang: En Yay Sah (Luaka Bop)
  94. Royal Band de Thiés: Kadior Demb (Teranga Beat)
  95. Amadou & Mariam: Folila (Nonesuch)
  96. Andre Williams & the Sadies: Night and Day (Yep Roc)
  97. Khaira Arby: Tchini Tchini (Clermont Music)
  98. Joan Soriano: La Familia Soriano (iASO)
  99. Big Baby Gandhi: Big Fucking Baby (free Greedhead download '11)
  100. Linkoban: Super Into On It (Super Billion)
  101. The Original Sound of Cumbia (Soundway '11)
  102. Tha Grimm Teachaz: There's a Situation on the Homefront (Breakfast '11)


  1. Bruce Springsteen: "We Take Care of Our Own" (Columbia)
  2. Psy: "Gangnam Style" (YouTube)
  3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: "Oh Susannah" (Reprise)
  4. Himanshu: "Womyn" (free Greedhead download)
  5. Pink: "The Truth About Love" (RCA)
  6. Skrillex: "Bangarang" (Owsla/Big Beat/Atlantic)
  7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: "Same Love" (self-released)
  8. Miguel: "Adorn" (RCA)
  9. Willie Nelson: "Roll Me Up" (Legacy)
  10. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: "Do You Remember That?" (Southern Domestic)
  11. Etta James: "Cigarettes and Coffee" (Verve Forecast)
  12. Kacey Musgraves: "Merry Go 'Round" (Mercury)
  13. Azealia Banks: "1991" (Interscope)
  14. Elle Varner: "Refill" (RCA)
  15. Saint Etienne: "Tonight" (Heavenly/Universal)
  16. Pussy Riot: "Putin Lights Up the Fires" (YouTube)
  17. Homeboy Sandman: "Not Really" (Stones Throw)
  18. Himanshu: "NYC Cops" (Greedhead)
  19. The Human Hearts: "Not Just When We Kiss" (Shrimper)
  20. Ned Sublette: "Kiss You Down South" (Postmambo)

Barnes & Noble Review, Jan. 14, 2013

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