Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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New in Expert Witness:

  • Golem: Tanz (Corason Digital) A-
  • Lily Allen: Sheezus (Warner Bros.) A-
  • Toni Braxton & Babyface: Love, Marriage & Divorce (Motown) A-
  • Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions (Capitol) A-
  • Jonathan Richman: No Me Quiejo De Mi Estrella (Vapor/Munster) ***
  • Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return (Interscope) **
  • Derek Senn: The Technological Breakthrough (dereksenn.com) *

New in Expert Witness:

  • Company Freak: Le Disco Social (OpusLabel/Superlatude) A-
  • Bushwick Gospel Singers: Songs of Worship Vol. 2 (self-released) A-
  • Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce: Complicated Day (Enja/Yellowbird) A-
  • Chris Butler: Easy Life (Future Fossil) B+

Robert Christgau's Pazz & Jop ballot is here. For more statistical analysis of his ballot, see this.

New in Expert Witness:

  • Kool A.D.: Word O.K. (Bandcamp mixtape) A
  • Kool A.D.: 63 (Bandcamp mixtape) A-
  • Kool & Kass: Peaceful Solutions (Bandcamp mixtape) A-
  • Kool A.D.: Not O.K. (Bandcamp mixtape) B+
  • Kool & Kass Are . . . Peaceful Solutions: Coke Boys 5 (Bandcamp mixtape) **
  • Kool A.D.: 19 (Bandcamp mixtape) *

Old, but new on the website:

New in Expert Witness:

  • Beyoncé: Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) (Columbia) A
  • D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah (RCA) A-

New in Expert Witness:

  • Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park) A
  • Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Def Jam) A-
  • Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow (Warner Bros.) A-
  • Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint (Deluxe Edition) (Cash Money/Republic) A-
  • Lecrae: Anomaly (Reach) ***
  • Buck 65: Neverlove (Warner Music Canada) ***
  • Tricky: Adrian Thaws (False Idols) ***
  • Big Sean: Hall of Fame (Def Jam) **
  • T.I.: Paperwork (Grand Hustle/Columbia) *
  • Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Pinata (Madlib Invazion) *
  • Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal) *
  • Earl Sweatshirt: Doris (Columbia) *
  • Ghostface Killah: 36 Seasons (Salvation/Tommy Boy) *

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Old 97's: Most Messed Up (ATO) A
  • Amy LaVere: Runaway's Diary (Archer) A-
  • Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One (ATO) A-
  • Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither (Signature Sounds) A-
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band: Lickety Split (Blue Note) B+
  • Jason Isbell: Southeastern (Southeastern) ***
  • Mavis Staples: One True Vine (Anti-) **
  • Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik: Punishing the Myth (Gatorbone) **
  • Valerie June: Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord) **
  • Hard Working Americans: The First Waltz (Melvin) **
  • Otis Taylor: My World Is Gone (Telarc) **
  • Thomas Anderson: On Becoming Human (Out Here) **
  • John Murry: The Graceless Age (Evangeline) *
  • The Defibulators: Debt'll Get 'Em (PigCow) *

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Also note that Carola Dibbell has a new website, featuring her first published novel, The Only Ones. Many of her other writings are still hosted here.

New in Expert Witness:

  • Wussy: Attica! (Shake It) A+
  • Miranda Lambert: Platinum (RCA) A
  • Withered Hand: New Gods (Slumberland) A
  • Drive-By Truckers: English Oceans (ATO) A

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Also note that Carola Dibbell has a new website, featuring her first published novel, The Only Ones. Many of her other writings are still hosted here.

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Added several months of recent files to the website (many still under time lock). Also collected all of Christgau's NAJP Articles blog posts, including comments. Did not update the Consumer Guide database.

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Robert Christgau has returned to writing his Expert Witness blog, now at Cuepoint, the music publication of Medium:

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Also, Robert Christgau now has a Twitter account. Use the link to follow him.

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Robert Christgau will be writing a monthly column at Billboard. The first column, plus an obituary, have been published:

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