Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

Consumer Guide:
  User's Guide
  Grades 1990-
  Grades 1969-89
  And It Don't Stop
  Book Reports
  Is It Still Good to Ya?
  Going Into the City
  Consumer Guide: 90s
  Grown Up All Wrong
  Consumer Guide: 80s
  Consumer Guide: 70s
  Any Old Way You Choose It
  Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Xgau Sez
  And It Don't Stop
  CG Columns
  Rock&Roll& [new]
  Rock&Roll& [old]
  Music Essays
  Music Reviews
  Book Reviews
  NAJP Blog
  Rolling Stone
  Video Reviews
  Pazz & Jop
Web Site:
  Site Map
  What's New?
Carola Dibbell:
  Carola's Website
CG Search:
Google Search:

Pazz & Jop 1992: Dean's List


  1. Mzwakhe Mbuli: Resistance Is Defence (Earthworks) 18
  2. David Murray: Shakill's Warrior (DIW/Columbia) 17
  3. Ya Ntesa Dalienst & Le Maquisard: Belalo (Sango Music import) 10
  4. L7: Bricks Are Heavy (Slash) 10
  5. Madonna: Erotica (Maverick/Reprise) 10
  6. Lucinda Williams: Sweet Old World (Chameleon) 10
  7. Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (Matador) 9
  8. The Goats: Tricks of the Shade (Ruffhouse/Columbia) 6
  9. Sonic Youth: Dirty (DGC) 5
  10. The Roches: A Dove (MCA) 5

  11. Freedy Johnston: Can You Fly (Bar/None)
  12. Utah Saints (London)
  13. Tom Zé: Brazil 5: The Return of Tom Zé: The Hips of Tradition (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  14. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury (4th & B'way)
  15. E.T. Mensah: Day by Day (Retroafric)
  16. Giant Sand: Ramp (Restless)
  17. Orchestra Baobab: On Verra Ça (World Circuit)
  18. Thelonious Monster: Beautiful Mess (Capitol)
  19. The Robert Cray Band: I Was Warned (Mercury)
  20. T.P O.K Jazz: Somo! (TMS import)
  21. Prince and the New Power Generation: Prince XV (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.)
  22. Body Count (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  23. Stacy Dean Campbell: Lonesome Wins Again (Columbia)
  24. The Vaselines: The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History (Sub Pop)
  25. Pete Johnson: King of Boogie (Milan)
  26. Ministry: Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed and the Way To Suck Eggs (Sire/Reprise)
  27. Asia Classics 1: The South Indian Film Music of Vijaya Anand: Dance Raja Dance (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  28. Eric B. & Rakim: Don't Sweat the Technique (MCA)
  29. Luna2: Lunapark (Elektra)
  30. Kris Kross: Totally Krossed Out (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  31. Only for the Headstrong: The Ultimate Rave Compilation (FFRR)
  32. Joe Houston: Cornbread and Cabbage Greens (Specialty)
  33. Nirvana: Incesticide (DGC)
  34. Sugar: Copper Blue (Rykodisc)
  35. John Trudell: AKA Grafitti Man (Rykodisc)
  36. A World Out of Time (Shanachie)
  37. Chris Bell: I Am the Cosmos (Rykodisc)
  38. PJ Harvey: Dry (Indigo)
  39. Yo Yo: Black Pearl (EastWest)
  40. Guys and Dolls (RCA Victor)
  41. Joe Ely: Love and Danger (MCA)
  42. Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Moçambique: Independance (Piranha)
  43. George Jones: Walls Can Fall (MCA)
  44. Morrissey: "Your Arsenal" (Sire)
  45. Leonard Cohen: The Future (Columbia)
  46. Sweet Talks--Hollywood Highlife Party + A.B. Crentsil--Moses (ADC import)
  47. FU-Schnickens: F.U.--Don't Take It Personal (Jive)
  48. Steely & Clevie: Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage (Heartbeat)
  49. Ride: Going Blank Again (Sire/Reprise)
  50. Gilberto Gil/Jorge Ben: Gil e Jorge (Verve)
  51. Dennis Robbins: Man With a Plan (Giant)
  52. They Might Be Giants: Apollo 18 (Elektra)
  53. The Beautiful South: 0898 Beautiful South (Elektra)
  54. Champion Jack Dupree: Forever and Ever (Bullseye Blues '91)
  55. Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha: Laissez Passer (Afric Music)
  56. Azagas and Archibogs (Original Music '91)
  57. Ramones: Mondo Bizarro (Radioactive)
  58. Rosie Flores: After the Farm (HighTone)
  59. Boogie Down Productions: Sex and Violence (Jive)


  1. Kris Kross: "Jump" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  2. Naughty by Nature: "Everything's Gonna Be All Right" (Tommy Boy)
  3. Rare Essence: "Work the Walls" (Sounds of the Capital)
  4. Kris Kross: "Warm It Up" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  5. P.M. Dawn: "I'd Die Without You" (LaFace)
  6. Technotronic: "Move This" (SBK)
  7. A Tribe Called Quest: "Scenario" (Jive)
  8. Lisa Stansfield: "All Woman" (Arista)
  9. Freestyle Fellowship: "Ummm . . . " (4th & B'way)
  10. The Almighty RSO: "One in the Chamba" (Tommy Boy)
  11. The KLF: "Justified and Ancient" (Arista)
  12. Estrellas Ubou: "Jalagua Guero"/"Moudibey Cielo" (EUR)
  13. Arrested Development: "Tennessee" (Chrysalis)
  14. Bratmobile: "No You Don't"/"Queenie"/"Kiss and Ride" (Homestead)
  15. Skatenigs: "Chemical Imbalance" (Wax Trax '91)


  1. L7: Smell the Magic (Sub Pop '91)
  2. Bikini Kill (Kill Rock Stars)
  3. Nirvana: Hormoaning (DGC import)
  4. Foamola: May I Take a Bath (Foamola)
  5. Alex Chilton: Blacklist (New Rose import)


  1. The Coasters: 50 Coastin' Classics (Rhino)
  2. Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe: Original Decca Recordings Vol. 2 (MCA)
  3. Wild About My Loving: Beale Street Blues 1928-1930 (RCA)
  4. Chic: The Best of Chic Volume 2 (Rhino)
  5. Taj Mahal: Taj's Blues (Columbia/Legacy)
  6. Johnny Cash: The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 (Columbia)
  7. Yoko Ono: Walking on Thin Ice (Rykodisc)
  8. Gregory Isaacs: Best of Volumes One and Two (Heartbeat)
  9. Hoosier Hot Shots: Rural Rhythm 1935-1942 (Columbia/Legacy)
  10. Miles Davis: A Tribute to Jack Johnson (Columbia/Legacy)


  1. Lisa Stansfield: "All Woman" (Randy St. Nicholas)
  2. Neil Young: "Harvest Moon" (Julian Temple)

Village Voice, Mar. 2, 1993

Postscript Notes:

Ride: Going Blank Again later downgraded to ***.

1991 Essay | Critics Poll 1993