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

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The Dean of American Rock Critics tackles the decade when music exploded.

The '90s saw more albums produced and distributed than any other decade. It was a fertile era for new genres, from alt-rock to Afropop, hip hop to techno. Rock critic Robert Christgau's obsessive ear and authoritative pen have covered it all-over 3,800 albums graded and classified, from A+s to his celebrated turkeys and duds. A rich appendix section ensures that nothing's been left out-from "subjects for ...

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Overview

The Dean of American Rock Critics tackles the decade when music exploded.

The '90s saw more albums produced and distributed than any other decade. It was a fertile era for new genres, from alt-rock to Afropop, hip hop to techno. Rock critic Robert Christgau's obsessive ear and authoritative pen have covered it all-over 3,800 albums graded and classified, from A+s to his celebrated turkeys and duds. A rich appendix section ensures that nothing's been left out-from "subjects for further research" to "everything rocks but nothing ever dies." Christgau's Consumer Guide is essential reading and reference for any dedicated listener.

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Christgau, chief music critic of the Village Voice, follows his guides on the 1970s and 1980s with these quirkily insightful critiques of nearly 4000 albums/CDs from the last decade, encompassing alternative rock, pop, rap, hip hop, country, blues, world music, and African music. Whether skewering the latest painful, assembly-line country music superstar ("his phony drawl so tight he sounds like a singing penis") or applauding the average rock critic's worst nightmare, 1970s disco, Christgau illustrates why he is highly regarded by peers and fans alike. In many cases, he has updated and rewritten reviews. Hardly the last word, certain to raise one's ire if a favorite artist is brought to task (a more likely occurrence than not), and hampered by a ratings system a bit too esoteric in its shadings (it ranges from A+s to "duds" and "turkeys"), Christgau's 1990s guide is still a masterpiece of capsulated critical writing that can and should be savored by many. Recommended for public libraries needing to beef up their pop music critical writing collections and for academic libraries that collect in this area.--David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312245603
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Christgau has reviewed rock and popular music for over thirty years. He is a senior editor and chief music critic at the Village Voice, and writes for Playboy, Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the 90s is his third record guide. Christgau is also the author of Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973 and Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2000

    Not as Good as The 70's and 80's Books

    This book follows Christgau's Guides of the 70's and 80's with disappointing results. Although the jacket says that 3800 albums are reviewed, most are tossed off with a line or two; some not reviewed at all (rated a N for neither) and some given a bomb symbol rated for a, you guessed it, a bomb. Whereas his 2 previous guides were a simple A-Z artist ranking (accompanied by a letter grade of A-F) with additional appendixes at the end of the book this guide's reviews are followed by a bunch of symbols that take too long to figure out and are confusing. Even his monthly Village Voice columns are simpler. Also missing from this volume are a Rock Library of Essential recordings. Yes, there are some good moments here. You'll find yourself agreeing and disagreeing with Christgau's opinions quite often (e.g. he's wrong about the Mavericks). While I applaud Christgau's thoroughness and love of all things Rock and Roll this will be a letdown for those who've waited for another Christgau Guide Book. I'll give it a B.

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