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2004 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Who Needs Boxes 2004

    published December 14, 2004

    Pick Hits BEN WEBSTER King of the Tenors... More >>

  • Against Interpretation

    published November 30, 2004

    Aware that not even Kazaa-impaired boomers will buy the same formula forever, Clive Davis bends the rules on the third annual installment of Rod... More >>

  • Music

    published November 30, 2004

    Don't blame me if "Honky Tonk" didn't place in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs" thing—I wrote it in at No. 1, parts one and... More >>

  • Mine Enemy The Turkey

    published November 16, 2004

    JAMIE CULLUM Twentysomething (Verve) This Brit is good enough at what he does to make you wonder why he bothers. With... More >>

  • Sonic Refuges

    published November 2, 2004

    Pick Hits MOS DEF The New Danger (Geffen)... More >>

  • Do-Gooders Do Good

    published October 12, 2004

    For the privilege of releasing Unity: The Official ATHENS Olympic Games Album, "EMI Music will make a donation to UNICEF's work with young... More >>

  • Music

    published October 12, 2004

    BRUCE COCKBURN Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002 Rounder It's been sitting there since a few months... More >>

  • Tonic for Americans

    published September 28, 2004

    Pick Hits BRIAN WILSON SMiLE (Nonesuch)... More >>

  • It Takes a Worried Man

    published September 14, 2004

    Alt-country guitar hero Buddy Miller said a funny thing when I asked him about Universal United House of Prayer. Solo or with his wife... More >>

  • Modern Country Music's Greatest Vocalist Witnesses for the Lord on the Job

    published September 14, 2004

    Yes, Randy Travis's second "gospel" album goes down easier than Elvis Presley's oversung Ultimate Gospel. But when songs entitled "That's... More >>

  • Music

    published September 14, 2004

    Sifting through a passel of more and/or less current country reissues—redundant or worse are Warner Bros./Rhino's one-disc Randy Travis,... More >>

  • Inter-Century Freundschaft

    published August 31, 2004

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  • With Arms Outstretched

    published August 24, 2004

    It happens to tunesters I dig like the Old 97's and to tunesters I disdain like Ben Folds: artists serenaded with their finest choruses by a fan... More >>

  • Hitting Back

    published August 24, 2004

    "Any chimp can play human for a day," More Adventurous begins, and if you think you know which chimp, you're right, and if you think... More >>

  • This Will Be Our Year, Pray Sam Stone, Tippecanoe, and Tyler Too

    published August 24, 2004

    Motorvated by He Is a Giant John Flansburgh and acquirable retail for $12 list, all profits to MoveOn and Music for America. Also as an add-on to... More >>

  • Road to Ruin

    published August 10, 2004

    The most vivid figure in Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields's End of the Century was the least articulate and most archetypal of the Ramones:... More >>

  • Looking Past Differences

    published August 3, 2004

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  • Them Against Us

    published July 20, 2004

    We knew Bush had no intention of bringing America together. What we didn't see at first was his plan to divide America almost exactly in half. Red... More >>

  • Music

    published July 20, 2004

    What does this book have to do with music? About as much as your life. Though he takes second billing, its mastermind is retired hip-hop... More >>

  • Fat Mike Against the First President "To Enter Office With a Criminal Record"

    published July 20, 2004

    This compilation is not about making a profit; it's about making a difference," says the big type on the inner sleeve. "It's not about who's a... More >>

  • Black Enough For You

    published July 6, 2004

    Huey P. Newton's voice is high, clear, unhesitating, and authoritative. His sampled speech lasts 27 seconds, applause included. "The Black... More >>

  • Music

    published July 6, 2004

    Joan Armatrading Love and Affection: Classics (1975-1983) A&M This St. Kitts woman from Birmingham, U.K., was never... More >>

  • Musicology

    published July 6, 2004

    University of Wisconsin Afro-American studies professor Craig Werner thinks the essence of "the gospel vision" is believing in something bigger... More >>

  • Squirt You

    published June 22, 2004

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  • Accept Substitutes

    published June 8, 2004

    The Loser's Lounge, which convenes every few months at Fez to honor a rock-era songwriter, is a goof that evolved into a modestly profitable... More >>

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