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

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

by Robert Christgau
     
 

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,

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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 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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Library Journal
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.

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)

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