Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The A Lists: 1983 (67)

  • DeBarge: In a Special Way (Gordy)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Field Day (Warner Bros.)
  • African Music (Vertigo import)
  • The Blasters: Non Fiction (Slash)
  • James Blood Ulmer: Odyssey (Columbia)
  • DFX2: Emotion (MCA)
  • Lou Reed: Legendary Hearts (RCA Victor)
  • Hsker D: Metal Circus (SST)
  • George Clinton: You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)
  • Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual (Portrait)
  • Pablo Moses: In the Future (Alligator)
  • Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers: Jonathan Sings! (Sire)
  • Pamelo Mounk'a: Propulsion! (Sonics import)
  • UB40: 1980-1983 (A&M)
  • Talking Heads: Speaking in Tongues (Sire)
  • Womack & Womack: Love Wars (Elektra)
  • King Sunny Ad and His African Beats: Synchro System (Mango)
  • True West: True West (Bring Out Your Dead)
  • Oh-OK: Furthermore What (DB)
  • X: More Fun in the New World (Elektra)
  • UB40: Labour of Love (A&M)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society: Barbecue Dog (Antilles)
  • The Cucumbers: The Cucumbers (Fake Doom)
  • Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain (Sire)
  • The Kinsasha Sound (Original Music)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Doppelganger (Sire)
  • Joan Armatrading: Track Record (A&M)
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Love Over and Over (Polydor)
  • The B-52's: Whammy! (Warner Bros.)
  • Divinyls: Desperate (Chrysalis)
  • R.E.M.: Murmur (I.R.S.)
  • U2: Under a Blood Red Sky (Island)
  • Local Boys: Moments of Madness (Island)
  • Eek-a-Mouse: The Mouse and the Man (Greensleeves)
  • ABC: Beauty Stab (Mercury)
  • This are Two Tone (Chrysalis)
  • Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (Island)
  • P-Funk All-Stars: Urban Dancefloor Guerillas (Uncle Jam/CBS Associated)
  • MC 5: Babes in Arms (ROIR cassette)
  • Charlie Haden: The Ballad of the Fallen (ECM)
  • Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (Hannibal)
  • Pylon: Chomp (DB)
  • Ramones: Subterranean Jungle (Sire)
  • Los Lobos: ". . . and a Time to Dance" (Slash)
  • Knotty Vision (Nighthawk)
  • Minutemen: Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat (SST)
  • Viva Zimbabwe! (Earthworks import)
  • Yolocamba Ita: Revolutionary Songs of El Salvador (Flying Fish)
  • Madonna: Madonna (Sire)
  • Indeep: Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life (Sound of New York)
  • Butthole Surfers: Butthole Surfers (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Show Stopper (Gramavision)
  • Nile Rodgers: Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove (Mirage)
  • John Hiatt: Riding with the King (Geffen)
  • Philip Glass: The Photographer (CBS)
  • Al Green: I'll Rise Again (Myrrh)
  • Winston Hussey: The Girl I Adore (Live & Learn)
  • King Sunny Ad and His African Beats: Ajoo (Makossa)
  • Bad Religion: Into the Future (Epitaph)
  • Public Image Ltd.: PiL (Virgin import)
  • John Anderson: All the People Are Talkin' (Warner Bros.)
  • Hilary: Kinetic (Backstreet)
  • The Golden Palominos: The Golden Palominos (Celluloid/OAO)
  • Kurtis Blow: Party Time? (Mercury)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Columbia)
  • The Plastic People of the Universe: Leading Horses (Bozi Mlyn import)
  • Swingrass '83: Swingrass '83 (Antilles)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990

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