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This was originally published as free content, in Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop newsletter. You can have Christgau's posts delivered to your mailbox if you subscribe.

Dean's List: 2021

Introduction moved here

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  1. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Barn (Reprise)
  2. The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band: Both Ways (Bandcamp)
  3. Spillage Village: Spilligion (Dreamville/SinceThe80s/Interscope '20)
  4. Olivia Rodrigo: Sour (Geffen)
  5. Burnt Sugar/The Arkestra Chamber: Angels Over Oakanda (CDBaby)
  6. Peter Stampfel: Peter Stampfel's 20th Century in 100 Songs (Louisiana Red Hot)
  7. tUnE-yArDs: Sketchy (4AD)
  8. Illuminati Hotties: Let Me Do One More (Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless)
  9. Low Cut Connie: Tough Cookies: Best of the Quarantine Broadcasts (Contender)
  10. Nathan Bell: Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn't Happen Here) (Need to Know)
  11. Carly Pearce: 29 (Big Machine)
  12. The Front Bottoms: In Sickness and in Flames (Fueled by Ramen '20)
  13. Sleater-Kinney: Path of Wellness (Mom + Pop)
  14. Chuck Berry: Live From Blueberry Hill (Dualtone)
  15. Chai: Wink (Sub Pop)
  16. Body Meta: The Work Is Slow (Hausu Mountain)
  17. Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever (Darkroom/Interscope)
  18. R.A.P. Ferreira: Purple Moonlight Pages (Ruby Yacht '20)
  19. Lori McKenna: Christmas Is Right Here (CN/Thirty Tigers)
  20. Sacred Soul of North Carolina (Bible & Tire/Music Maker Foundation)
  21. Joseph Spence: Encore: Unheard Recordings of Bahamian Guitar and Singing (Smithsonian/Folkways)
  22. Morgan Wade: Reckless (Ladylike)
  23. Kalie Shorr: I Got Here by Accident (Kalie Shorr)
  24. Sarah Mary Chadwick: Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby (Ba Da Bing!)
  25. James McMurtry: The Horses and the Hounds (New West)
  26. Khaira Arby: New York Live (Clermont Music)
  27. The Plastic People of the Universe: Apokalyptickej Pták (Galén '18)
  28. Dry Cleaning: Sweet Princess EP (It's OK '19)
  29. Anansy Cissé: Anoura (Riverboat)
  30. Onetwothree: Onetwothree (Kill Rock Stars)
  31. Dave: Psychodrama (Neighbourhood '19)
  32. Lucy Dacus: Home Video (Matador)
  33. Paris: Safe Space Invader (Guerrilla Funk '20)
  34. Juice Wrld: Legends Never Die (Grade A/Interscope '20)
  35. Dave: We're All Alone in This Together (Dave/Neighbourhood)
  36. Courtney Barnett: Things Take Time, Take Time (Mom + Pop)
  37. Hayes Carll: You Get It All (Dualtone)
  38. Gift of Gab: Finding Inspiration Somehow (Nature Sounds)
  39. Mereba: Azeb (Interscope)
  40. Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD)
  41. Joe Fahey: February on Ice (Rough Fish)
  42. Thomas Anderson: Ladies and Germs (Out There)
  43. Lana Del Rey: Chemtrails Over the Country Club (Polydor/Interscope)
  44. Mickey Guyton: Remember Her Name (Capitol)
  45. Mach-Hommy: Pray for Haiti (Griselda)
  46. Liz Phair: Soberish (Chrysalis)
  47. Idles: Ultra Mono: Momentary Acceptance of the Self (Partisan '20)
  48. Carly Pearce: 29: Written in Stone (Big Machine)
  49. Asleep at the Wheel: Half a Hundred Years (Bismeaux)
  50. Parquet Courts: Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade)
  51. Doja Cat: Planet Her (RCA)
  52. Emily Duff: Razor Blade Smile (Mr. Mudshow Music)
  53. Anthony Joseph: The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running for Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness)
  54. Kasai Allstars: Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound (Crammed Discs)
  55. R.A.P. Ferreira: Bob's Son: R.A.P. Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel (Ruby Yacht)
  56. Sho Madjozi: Limpopo Champions League (Flourish and Multiply '18)
  57. Lithics: Tower of Age (Trouble in Mind '20)
  58. Girl in Red: If I Could Make It Go Quiet (World in Red/AWAL)
  59. Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough (Legacy)
  60. No-No Boy: 1975 (Smithsonian/Folkways)
  61. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley: 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo '19)
  62. Garbage: No Gods No Masters (Stunvolume/Infectious Music)
  63. Illuminati Hotties: FREE I.H: This Is Not the One You've Been Waiting For (Snack Shack Tracks '20)
  64. I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve)
  65. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Georgia Blue (Southeastern)
  66. Carsie Blanton: Love and Rage (So Ferocious)
  67. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Way Down in the Rust Bucket (Reprise)
  68. Vic Mensa: I Tape (Roc Nation)
  69. Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (Deluxe Edition) (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope/Goliath)
  70. Naeem: Startisha (37d03d '20)
  71. Mike: The Weight of the World (10K '20)

And It Don't Stop, Jan. 26, 2022


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