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The A Lists: 1995 (91)

  • Tricky: Maxinquaye (Island)
  • Luna: Penthouse (Elektra)
  • Oruç Güvenc & Tümata: Ocean of Remembrance (Interworld)
  • Archers of Loaf: Vee Vee (Alias)
  • Peter Stampfel: You Must Remember This . . . (Gert Town)
  • Pavement: Wowee Zowee (Matador)
  • New Order: (The Best of) New Order (Qwest/Warner Bros.)
  • James Carter: The Real Quietstorm (Atlantic)
  • Yo La Tengo: Electr-O-Pura (Matador)
  • Randy Newman's Faust (Reprise)
  • PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island)
  • The Best Punk Album in the World . . . Ever! (Virgin import)
  • John Prine: Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings (Oh Boy)
  • [File Under Prince]: The Gold Experience (Warner Bros.)
  • The Prodigy: Music for the Jilted Generation (Muse)
  • Ornette Coleman: Tone Dialing (Verve)
  • Coolio: Gangsta's Paradise (Tommy Boy)
  • Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (A&M)
  • Sonic Youth: Washing Machine (DGC)
  • Whale: We Care (Virgin)
  • Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • Bad Religion: All Ages (Epitaph)
  • Jive Nation: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 5 (Stern's/Earthworks)
  • Grant McLennan: Horsebreaker Star (Atlantic)
  • Elastica: Elastica (DGC)
  • That Dog: Totally Crushed Out! (DGC)
  • Half Japanese: Greatest Hits (Safe House)
  • Barry Black: Barry Black (Alias)
  • The Beautiful South: Carry On Up the Charts: The Best of the Beautiful South (Mercury)
  • Swamp Dogg: Best of 25 Years of Swamp Dogg . . . Or F*** the Bomb, Stop the Drugs (Pointblank)
  • Jo Carol Pierce: Bad Girls Upset by the Truth (Monkey Hill)
  • Godwin Kabaka Opara's Oriental Brothers International: Do Better If You Can/Onye Ikekwere Mekeya (Original Music)
  • Everclear: Sparkle and Fade (Capitol)
  • Alison Krauss: Now That I've Found You: A Collection (Rounder)
  • Yoko Ono/IMA: Rising (Capitol)
  • Shane MacGowan and the Popes: The Snake (Warner Bros.)
  • Buju Banton: 'Til Shiloh (Loose Cannon)
  • The Highwaymen: The Road Goes On Forever (Liberty)
  • Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments: Bait and Switch (Onion/American)
  • Sleater-Kinney: Sleater-Kinney (Chainsaw)
  • The Klezmatics: Jews With Horns (Xenophile)
  • Stevie Wonder: Conversation Peace (Motown)
  • Super Sweet Talks International: The Lord's Prayer (Stern's Africa)
  • The Chemical Brothers: Exit Planet Dust (Astralwerks)
  • Mose Fan Fan & Somo Somo Ngobila: Hello Hello (Stern's Africa)
  • Ramones: It's Alive (Sire/Warner Archives)
  • Rancid: . . . And Out Come the Wolves (Epitaph)
  • Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins: Calling Berlin, Vol. 1 (Arbors)
  • Little Charlie and the Nightcats: Straight Up! (Alligator)
  • Massive Attack: Protection (Virgin)
  • Sam Mangwana: Maria Tebbo (Stern's African Classics)
  • Sonic Youth: Screaming Fields of Sonic Love (DGC)
  • Music Revelation Ensemble: In the Name of . . . (DIW/Columbia)
  • Moby: Everything Is Wrong (Elektra)
  • brute.: Nine High a Pallet (Capricorn)
  • R. Kelly: R. Kelly (Jive)
  • Kirsty MacColl: Galore (I.R.S.)
  • Lord Melody: Precious Melodies (Ice)
  • Al Green: Don't Look Back (BMG import)
  • M People: Bizarre Fruit (Epic)
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers (Elektra)
  • Thomas Mapfumo: Chimurenga Forever: The Best of Thomas Mapfumo (Hemisphere)
  • Naughty by Nature: Poverty's Paradise (Tommy Boy)
  • Rolling Stones: Stripped (Virgin)
  • Cornershop: Woman's Gotta Have It (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  • Mighty Sparrow: Volume Four (Ice)
  • Waiting To Exhale (Arista)
  • Cachao: Dos (Salsoul)
  • Ani DiFranco: Not a Pretty Girl (Righteous Babe)
  • Marshall Chapman: It's About Time . . . Recorded Live at the Tennessee State Prison for Women (Margaritaville)
  • Steve Earle: Train a Comin' (Winter Harvest)
  • Super Sweet Talks International: The Lord's Prayer (Stern's Africa)
  • Muziki wa Dansi (Africassette)
  • Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx . . . (Loud/RCA)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan: Greatest Hits (Epic)
  • Mu-Ziq: In Pine Effect (Astralwerks)
  • Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested (Capitol)
  • Cachao: Master Sessions Volume II (Crescent/Epic)
  • Belly: King (Sire/Reprise)
  • Green Day: Insomniac (Reprise)
  • New York's Ensemble for Early Music: Istanpitta Vol. 1 (Lyrichord)
  • Viva La Musica & Papa Wemba: Pole Position (Sonodisc import)
  • Real McCoy: Another Night (Arista)
  • The Magnetic Fields: Get Lost (Merge)
  • Mark Chesnutt: Greatest Hits (Decca)
  • Only the Poorman Feel It: South Africa (Hemisphere)
  • Don White: Live at the Somerville Theatre (Lyric Moon)
  • Liz Phair: Juvenilia (Matador)
  • Animaniacs: The Animaniacs Faboo! Collection (Kid Rhino)
  • Papa Wemba: Emotion (RealWorld)
  • David Murray: Jug-a-Lug (DIW import)

Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, 2000

The A Lists: 1994 The A Lists: 1996