Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2013: Dean's List


  1. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL) 17
  2. The Uncluded: Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers) 16
  3. The Julie Ruin: Run Fast (TJR) 15
  4. Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel: Hey Hey It's . . . the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band (self-released) 11
  5. Live from Festival au Desert Timbuktu (Clermont Music) 10
  6. Lady Gaga: Artpop (Streamline/Interscope) 8
  7. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Deluxe Edition) (Aftermath) 6
  8. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: Jama Ko (Out Here) 7
  9. Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO) 5
  10. The Knife: Shaking the Habitual (Mute) 5
  11. Parkay Quarts: Tally All the Things That You Broke (What's Your Rupture?)
  12. Rilo Kiley: RKives (Little Record Company)
  13. Rachid Taha: Zoom (Wrasse)
  14. Deerhunter: Monomania (4AD)
  15. Kate Nash: Girl Talk (Have 10P)
  16. Kool A.D.: Not O.K. (self-released)
  17. Brandy Clark: 12 Stories (Mercury)
  18. Beyoncé: Beyoncé (Columbia)
  19. Latyrx: The Second Album (Solesides)
  20. Martha Redbone Roots Project: The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake (Blackfeet Productions '12)
  21. Kassa Overall: Stargate Mixtape (free Greedhead mixtape '12)
  22. Kitty: D.A.I.S.Y. Rage (self-released)
  23. Angola Soundtrack 2 (Analog Africa)
  24. Ezra Furman: The Year of No Returning (Bar/None)
  25. Four Tet: Pink (Text '12)
  26. The Road to Jajouka (Howe)
  27. Jonny Fritz: Dad Country (ATO)
  28. The Dismemberment Plan: Uncanney Valley (Partisan)
  29. Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello '12)
  30. Sam Baker: Say Grace (self-released)
  31. Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold (What's Your Rupture?)
  32. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band: Take Me to the Land of Hell (Chimera Music)
  33. M.I.A.: Matangi (Interscope)
  34. Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap (free download)
  35. Wussy: Duo (Shake It)
  36. Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time (Capitol)
  37. David Greenberger/Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound: They Like Me Around Here (Pel Pel)
  38. No Age: An Object (Sub Pop)
  39. Ezra Furman: Day of the Dog (Bar/None)
  40. Tom Zé: Tropicàlia Lixo Lógico (self-released '12)
  41. Jon Hopkins: Immunity (Domino)
  42. Danny Brown: Old (Fool's Gold)
  43. Le Grande Kalle: His Life, His Music (Sterns Africa)
  44. Tamikrest: Chatma (Glitter Beat)
  45. Fat Tony: Smart Ass Black Boy (Young One)
  46. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes (4AD '12)
  47. Clay Harper: Airport Road (Terminus)
  48. Robert Sarazin Blake with Jefferson Hamer and the Powderkegs: Put It All Down in a Letter (Same Room '11)
  49. Ceramic Dog: Your Turn (Northern Spy)
  50. Kool & Kass: Peaceful Solutions (free download)
  51. The Handsome Family: Wilderness (Carrot Top)
  52. Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop)
  53. Mariem Hassan: El Aaiún Egdat (Nubenegra '12)
  54. Yo Ma Ma/Stephen Kalinich & Jon Tiven: Symptomology/Shortcuts to Infinity (MsMusic '12)
  55. Those Darlins: Blur the Line (Oh Wow Dang)
  56. Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti-)
  57. Sidi Touré: Alafia (Thrill Jockey)
  58. Superchunk: I Hate Music (Merge)
  59. Omar Souleyman: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon)
  60. J Cole: Truly Yours (free download)
  61. Ashley Monroe: Like a Rose (Warner Bros.)
  62. The Rough Guide to the Music of Hungary (World Music Network '12)
  63. Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury)
  64. Skrillex: Leaving (Owsla download)
  65. Lil Wayne: I Am Not a Human Being II (Cash Money/Republic)
  66. Serengeti: The Kenny Dennis LP (Anticon)
  67. Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s (Soundway)
  68. White Mandingos: The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Fatbeats)
  69. ZZK Sound Vol. 3 (ZZK/Waxpolitation)
  70. The Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa (World Music Network)
  71. Young Fathers: Tape Two (Anticon)
  72. Pistol Annies: Annie Up (RCA)
  73. Diablos Del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-85 (Analog Africa '12)
  74. Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanay (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  75. Pusha T: My Name Is My Name (Def Jam)
  76. Tal National: Kaani (Fatcat)
  77. Arcade Fire: Reflektor (Merge)
  78. Yo La Tengo: Fade (Matador)
  79. Burial: Truant/Rough Sleeper (Hyperdub '12)
  80. Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)
  81. Bombino: Nomad (Nonesuch)
  82. Batida: Batida (Soundway '12)
  83. The Rough Guide to African Disco (World Music Network)
  84. Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
  85. Chicha Libre: Quatro Tigres (Barbès)

Postscript Notes:

Sidi Touré: Alafia later downgraded to B+.

Barnes & Noble Review, Jan. 24, 2014

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