Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pazz & Jop 2005: Dean's List


  1. Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella) 16
  2. The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara (World Music Network) 16
  3. Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall (Blue Note) 16
  4. Gogol Bordello: Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (Side One Dummy) 14
  5. Amy Rigby: Little Fugitive (Signature Sounds) 10
  6. The Go-Betweens: Oceans Apart (Yep Roc) 6
  7. Wide Right: Sleeping on the Couch (Poptop) 6
  8. M.I.A.: Arular (Interscope/XL) 6
  9. The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss) 5
  10. Our New Orleans 2005 (Nonesuch) 5
  11. Sleater-Kinney: The Woods (Sub Pop)
  12. Wussy: Funeral Dress (Shake It)
  13. The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue (Def Jux)
  14. Golden Afrique Vol. 1 (Network)
  15. Astor Piazzolla: The Rough Guide to Astor Piazzolla (World Music Network)
  16. Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman: Song X: Twentieth Anniversary (Nonesuch)
  17. Shakira: Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (Epic)
  18. Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine (Epic/Clean Slate)
  19. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley: Welcome to Jamrock (Tuff Gong/Universal)
  20. Balkan Beat Box: Balkan Beat Box (JDub)
  21. Bobby Pinson: Man Like Me (RCA)
  22. Loudon Wainwright III: Here Come the Choppers! (Sovereign Artists)
  23. Danger Doom: The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph)
  24. Living Things: Ahead of the Lions (Jive/Zomba)
  25. Missy Elliott: The Cookbook (Atlantic/Gold Mind)
  26. Comet Gain: City Fallen Leaves (Kill Rock Stars)
  27. Lyrics Born: Same !@$ Different Day (Quannum Projects)
  28. Blueprint: 1988 (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  29. Clem Snide: End of Love (SpinArt)
  30. The Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You (Ashmont)
  31. MC Hawking: A Brief History of Rhyme (Brash)
  32. Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Banana Recordings/Fierce Panda)
  33. Gogol Bordello: East Infection (Rubric)
  34. The Rough Guide to Boogaloo (World Music Network)
  35. Neil Young: Prairie Wind (Reprise)
  36. Fountains of Wayne: Out-of-State Plates (Virgin)
  37. Encre: Encre (Clapping Music '04)
  38. Robbie Fulks: Georgia Hard (Yep Roc)
  39. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (
  40. James McMurtry: Childish Things (Compadre)
  41. The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree (4AD)
  42. Amadou et Mariam: Je Pense à Toi: The Best of Amadou et Mariam (Circular Moves/Universal Music Jazz)
  43. Thione Seck: Orientation (Stern's Africa)
  44. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)
  45. The Willowz: Talk in Circles (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  46. Cheb I Sabbah: La Kahena (Six Degrees)
  47. The Books: Lost and Safe (Tomlab)
  48. Blackalicious: The Craft (Anti-)
  49. World Psychedelic Classics: 3 Love's a Real Thing (Luaka Bop)
  50. Global Hip Hop (Manteca)
  51. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Live in Paris With the Dennis Bovell Dub Band (Wrasse)
  52. The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button (Astralwerks)
  53. Run the Road (Vice/Atlantic)
  54. Stevie Wonder: A Time to Love (Motown)
  55. Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche à Bamako (Nonesuch)
  56. Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic (Domino)
  57. Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (Saddle Creek)
  58. 50 Cent: The Massacre (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
  59. Bruce Springsteen: Devils & Dust (Columbia)
  60. The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang (Virgin)
  61. Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged (Chocolate Industries)
  62. John Coltrane: One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (Impulse)
  63. Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better (Domino)
  64. Charlie Robison: Good Times (Dualtone '04)
  65. The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan (V2)
  66. Clinic: Winchester Cathedral (Domino '04)
  67. Daby Balde: Introducing Daby Balde (World Music Network)
  68. Shukar Collective: Urban Gypsy (Riverboat)
  69. DJ Shadow: Live! In Tune and On Time (Geffen '04)
  70. Brakes: Give Blood (Rough Trade)
  71. The Go! Team: Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Columbia/Memphis Industries)
  72. The Ponys: Celebration Castle (In the Red)
  73. Gaby Lita Bembo and Orchestre Stukas du Zaïre: Kita Mata ABC (RetroAfric)
  74. Shakira: Fijación Oral Vol. 1 (Epic)
  75. M.I.A. vs. Diplo: Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 (no label '04)
  76. Buck 65: This Right Here Is Buck 65 (V2)
  77. Cantankerous: Cantankerous (Tommy Boy)
  78. Boubacar Traoré: The Best of Boubacar Traoré (Wrasse '03)
  79. Fannypack: See You Next Tuesday (Tommy Boy)
  80. Rachid Taha: Tékitoi (Wrasse)
  81. Blaine Larsen: Off to Join the World (BNA)


  1. Eminem: "We're Still 1" (no label)
  2. James McMurtry: "We Can't Make It Here" (Compadre)
  3. Blaine Larsen: "In My High School" (Giantslayer)
  4. Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx: "Gold Digger" (Roc-A-Fella)
  5. Miranda Lambert: "Kerosene" (Epic)
  6. Bobby Pinson: "Don't Ask Me How I Know" (RCA)
  7. Brad Paisley: "Alcohol" (Arista)
  8. Legendary K.O.: "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" (no label)
  9. 50 Cent: "Candy Shop" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
  10. Black Eyed Peas: "My Humps" (A&M)

Village Voice, Feb. 7, 2006

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