Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Label: Elektra

Artists

  • David Ackles:
    • American Gothic [1972] C-
  • Afghan Whigs:
    • Gentlemen [1993] A-
    • What Jail Is Like [1994] Choice Cuts
    • Black Love [1996] *
  • Ambitious Lovers:
    • Lust [1991] *
  • Stephen Ambrose:
    • Gypsy Moth [1972] D+
  • Anthrax:
    • Stomp 442 [1995] Neither
  • Aphex Twin:
    • Richard D. James Album [1996] B+
  • Audience:
    • The House on the Hill [1971] C
  • Anita Baker:
    • Rapture [1986] B-
    • Giving You the Best That I Got [1988] C+
    • Compositions [1990] Dud
    • Rhythm of Love [1994] Dud
  • Bamboo:
    • Bamboo [1969] C+
  • Beats International:
    • Let Them Eat Bingo [1990] A-
  • The Beautiful South:
    • Welcome to the Beautiful South [1990] A-
    • Choke [1990] ***
    • 0898 Beautiful South [1992] A-
  • The Bellamy Brothers:
    • Strong Weakness [1983] B
  • Benzino:
    • Redemption [2003] Dud
  • Better Than Ezra:
    • Deluxe [1995] Dud
  • Björk:
    • Debut [1993] Neither
    • Post [1995] C+
    • Homogenic [1997] **
    • Vespertine [2001] A-
    • Greatest Hits [2002] A-
    • Medulla [2004] Choice Cuts
  • Frank Black:
    • Frank Black [1993] *
  • Rubén Blades:
    • Nothing but the Truth [1988] B
  • Rubén Blades y Seis del Solar:
    • Buscando America [1984] A-
    • Escenas [1985] A-
    • Agua de Luna [1987] B
    • Antecedente [1988] B+
  • Ronee Blakley:
    • Ronee Blakley [1972] C
  • Billy Bragg:
    • Talking With the Taxman About Poetry [1986] B+
    • Help Save the Youth of America: Live and Dubious [1988] B-
    • Workers Playtime [1988] B
    • The Internationale [1990] Dud
    • Don't Try This at Home [1991] Neither
  • Billy Bragg and the Blokes:
    • England, Half English [2002] Choice Cuts
  • Billy Bragg & Wilco:
    • Mermaid Avenue [1998] A
    • Mermaid Avenue II [2000] A-
  • Dollar Brand:
    • African Marketplace [1980] A-
  • Brand Nubian:
    • One for All [1990] A-
    • In God We Trust [1993] Dud
    • Everything Is Everything [1994] Neither
  • Bread:
    • Bread [1969] C-
    • The Best of Bread [1973] B
  • Jackson Browne:
    • World in Motion [1989] B
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band:
    • Keep On Moving [1969] A
  • The Butterfield Blues Band:
    • Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' [1971] B-
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band:
    • Golden Butter: The Best of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band [1972] A-
  • John Campbell:
    • Howlin Mercy [1993] C
  • Capital City Rockets:
    • Capital City Rockets [1973] C-
  • The Cars:
    • The Cars [1978] B+
    • Candy-O [1979] B+
    • Panorama [1980] B-
    • Shake It Up [1981] B
    • Heartbeat City [1984] B+
    • Greatest Hits [1985] A-
  • Harry Chapin:
    • Heads and Tails [1972] C-
    • Short Stories [1973] D+
  • Tracy Chapman:
    • Tracy Chapman [1988] B+
    • Crossroads [1989] B
    • Matters of the Heart [1992] Choice Cuts
    • New Beginning [1995] B-
    • Telling Stories [2000] Dud
  • Natalie Cole:
    • Unforgettable [1991] Dud
  • Judy Collins:
    • Whales & Nightingales [1970] C+
    • Colors of the Day: The Best of Judy Collins [1972] C+
    • Christmas at the Biltmore Estate [1997] Dud
  • Dennis Coulson:
    • Dennis Coulson [1973] B-
  • The Cure:
    • The Head on the Door [1985] B
    • Staring at the Sea: The Singles [1986] B+
    • Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me [1987] B
    • Disintegration [1989] C+
  • Deee-Lite:
    • World Clique [1990] Choice Cuts
    • Infinity Within [1992] ***
    • Dewdrops in the Garden [1994] Neither
  • Delaney & Bonnie:
    • The Original Delaney & Bonnie [1969] A+
  • Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band:
    • James Monroe H.S. Presents Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington [1979] A-
  • Swamp Dogg:
    • Rat On! [1971] B-
  • The Doors:
    • The Doors [1967] B-
    • The Soft Parade [1969] B-
    • Absolutely Live! [1970] B
    • Morrison Hotel [1970] B+
    • 13 [1970] A-
    • L.A. Woman [1971] A-
    • Other Voices [1971] C+
    • Full Circle [1972] C
    • Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine [1972] B-
    • The Best of the Doors [1973] B
    • Alive, She Cried [1983] B-
    • Live at the Hollywood Bowl [1987] C-
    • The Very Best of the Doors [2001] A
  • Earth Opera:
    • The Great American Eagle Tragedy [1969] C+
  • Missy Elliott:
    • Under Construction [2002] ***
    • This Is Not a Test! [2003] A
  • Th Faith Healers:
    • Lido [1992] A-
    • Imaginary Friend [1994] **
  • Faster Pussycat:
    • Faster Pussycat [1987] B
  • Charlie Feathers:
    • Charlie Feathers [1991] A-
  • Bill Frisell:
    • Before We Were Born [1989] B+
  • Georgia Satellites:
    • Georgia Satellites [1986] B
    • Open All Night [1988] B+
    • In the Land of Salvation and Sin [1989] C+
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore:
    • "After Awhile" [1991] A-
    • Spinning Around the Sun [1993] A
    • Braver Newer World [1996] ***
  • Gipsy Kings:
    • Gipsy Kings [1988] B-
  • Rubén González:
    • Chanchullo [2000] A-
  • Grandmaster Flash:
    • They Said It Couldn't Be Done [1985] C+
    • The Source [1986] C
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five:
    • On the Strength [1988] C+
  • Grand Puba:
    • Reel to Reel [1992] *
  • Nanci Griffith:
    • Other Voices, Other Rooms [1993] Dud
  • Beres Hammond:
    • In Control [1994] Neither
  • Happy Mondays:
    • Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches [1990] **
  • Emmylou Harris:
    • Wrecking Ball [1995] B
  • Robin Holcomb:
    • Robin Holcomb [1990] **
  • The Housemartins:
    • London 0, Hull 4 [1986] A-
    • The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death [1987] A-
  • Imagination:
    • New Dimension [1984] C+
  • The Incredible String Band:
    • Changing Horses [1969] B+
    • Relics [1971] B+
  • Jet:
    • Get Born [2003] **
  • Freedy Johnston:
    • This Perfect World [1994] ***
    • Never Home [1997] A-
    • Blue Days Black Nights [1999] *
    • Right Between the Promises [2001] *
  • Howard Jones:
    • Human's Lib [1984] C-
    • Dream Into Action [1985] D
  • KMD:
    • Mr. Hood [1991] Choice Cuts
  • Kraftwerk:
    • The Mix [1991] ***
  • Leaders of the New School:
    • A Future Without a Past [1991] Dud
  • Jerry Lee Lewis:
    • Jerry Lee Lewis [1979] B+
    • Killer Country [1980] B+
    • When Two Worlds Collide [1980] B-
    • The Best of Jerry Lee Lewis Featuring 39 and Holding [1982] B
  • Lindisfarne:
    • Fog on the Tyne [1972] C+
  • Richard Lloyd:
    • Alchemy [1979] B+
  • Luna:
    • Lunapark [1992] A-
    • Slide [1993] A-
    • Bewitched [1994] **
    • Penthouse [1995] A
    • Pup Tent [1997] A-
  • Bruno Mars:
    • Doo-Wops & Hooligans [2010] ***
  • Material:
    • One Down [1982] A-
  • Ian Matthews:
    • Some Days You Eat the Bear, and Some Days the Bear Eats You [1974] C+
  • MC Solaar:
    • Cinquième As (Fifth Ace) [2002] *
  • Natalie Merchant:
    • Tigerlily [1995] Neither
  • Metallica:
    • Master of Puppets [1986] B-
    • . . . And Justice for All [1988] C+
    • Metallica [1991] Dud
    • Load [1996] C+
  • Rhett Miller:
    • The Instigator [2002] A-
  • Moby:
    • Move [1993] A-
    • Everything Is Wrong [1995] A-
    • I Like to Score [1997] Dud
    • Animal Rights [1997] A-
  • Jim Morrison:
    • An American Prayer [1978] C
  • Motley Crue:
    • Shout at the Devil [1984] D
    • Decade of Decadence '81-'82 [1991] Neither
  • Jason Mraz:
    • Waiting for My Rocket to Come [2003] **
  • Nada Surf:
    • High/Low [1996] Dud
  • Mickey Newbury:
    • 'Frisco Mabel Joy [1971] C+
  • The New Seekers:
    • We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing [1971] D+
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard:
    • Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version [1995] A-
    • N***a Please [1999] **
  • Old 97's:
    • Too Far to Care [1997] B+
    • Fight Songs [1999] A
    • Satellite Rides [2001] A
  • Pantera:
    • Reinventing the Steel [2000] Dud
  • Graham Parker and the Shot:
    • Steady Nerves [1985] B-
  • The Persuasions:
    • Chirpin' [1977] B+
  • Phish:
    • Hoist [1994] Dud
    • A Live One [1995] C+
    • Billy Breathes [1996] Dud
    • Slip Stitch and Pass [1997] B+
    • Farmhouse [2000] B-
  • The Pixies:
    • Death to the Pixies [1997] Neither
    • Pixies at the BBC [1998] ***
  • The Prodigy:
    • Experience [1992] **
  • Public Image Ltd.:
    • This Is What You Want . . . This Is What You Get [1984] C+
    • Live in Tokyo [1986] C
    • Album [1986] B+
  • Queen:
    • Queen II [1974] C-
    • A Night at the Opera [1975] B-
    • News of the World [1977] C
    • Jazz [1978] C+
  • Rah Digga:
    • Dirty Harriet [2000] *
  • Rebekah:
    • Remember to Breathe [1998] Dud
  • Busta Rhymes:
    • The Coming [1996] Choice Cuts
    • When Disaster Strikes [1997] Choice Cuts
    • Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front [1998] Neither
    • Anarchy [2000] Neither
  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth:
    • All Souled Out [1991] Neither
    • Mecca and the Soul Brother [1992] Neither
  • Patrice Rushen:
    • Straight from the Heart [1982] C+
  • Scrawl:
    • Travel On, Rider [1996] *
    • Nature Film [1998] A-
  • The Screaming Blue Messiahs:
    • Gun Shy [1986] B+
    • Bikini Red [1987] B+
  • Shazzy:
    • Attitude: A Hip Hop Rapsody [1990] A-
  • Shinehead:
    • The Real Rock [1990] **
  • Shoes:
    • Present Tense [1979] A-
    • Tongue Twister [1981] A-
    • Boomerang [1982] B
  • Silk:
    • Lose Control [1992] Dud
  • Carly Simon:
    • Carly Simon [1971] C-
    • No Secrets [1972] B-
    • Hotcakes [1974] C
    • The Best of Carly Simon [1975] C+
    • Boys in the Trees [1978] C+
    • Spy [1979] B-
  • Nina Simone:
    • A Single Woman [1993] Dud
  • Simply Red:
    • Picture Book [1986] B+
    • Men and Women [1987] B
    • A New Flame [1988] C+
  • Sir Douglas Quintet:
    • Day Dreaming at Midnight [1994] **
  • The Sisters of Mercy:
    • Floodland [1987] C+
    • Vision Thing [1990] Choice Cuts
  • Smashed Gladys:
    • Social Intercourse [1988] B
  • Sparks:
    • No. 1 in Heaven [1979] B+
  • Steel Pulse:
    • True Democracy [1982] B
    • Earth Crisis [1984] B+
  • Stereolab:
    • Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements [1993] ***
    • Mars Audiac Quintet [1994] **
    • Emperor Tomato Ketchup [1996] A-
    • Dots and Loops [1997] B
    • Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night [1999] ***
    • Microbe Hunters [2000] Neither
  • The Stooges:
    • The Stooges [1969] B+
    • Fun House [1970] A-
  • The Sugarcubes:
    • Life's Too Good [1987] B-
    • Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! [1989] B+
    • The Great Crossover Potential [1998] **
  • Keith Sweat:
    • Get Up on It [1994] Dud
    • Keith Sweat [1996] Neither
  • Bernie Taupin:
    • Bernie Taupin [1972] E
  • Television:
    • Marquee Moon [1977] A+
    • Adventure [1978] A-
  • 10,000 Maniacs:
    • In My Tribe [1987] B-
    • Blind Man's Zoo [1989] B-
  • They Might Be Giants:
    • Flood [1990] **
    • Apollo 18 [1992] A-
    • Why Does the Sun Shine? [1993] Neither
    • John Henry [1994] Choice Cuts
    • Factory Showroom [1996] ***
  • Third Eye Blind:
    • Third Eye Blind [1997] Neither
    • Blue [1999] Choice Cuts
  • Tuscadero:
    • My Way or the Highway [1998] *
  • Tom Verlaine:
    • Tom Verlaine [1979] A-
  • Violent Femmes:
    • New Times [1994] Choice Cuts
  • The Voices of East Harlem:
    • Right On Be Free [1971] B-
  • The Waxwings:
    • Low to the Ground [2000] Dud
  • Ween:
    • Pure Guava [1992] C+
    • Chocolate and Cheese [1994] Choice Cuts
    • 12 Golden Country Greats [1996] Dud
  • Hank Williams Jr.:
    • Family Tradition [1979] C
    • Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound [1979] B+
    • Greatest Hits [1982] B
  • Womack & Womack:
    • Love Wars [1983] A-
    • Radio M.U.S.C. Man [1985] B+
  • World Saxophone Quartet and African Drums:
    • Metamorphosis [1991] ***
  • X:
    • Under the Big Black Sun [1982] A-
    • More Fun in the New World [1983] A-
    • Ain't Love Grand [1985] B
    • See How We Are [1987] B
    • Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip [1988] B+
    • Beyond and Back: The X Anthology [1997] **

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