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2004 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Music

    published June 8, 2004

    Count Basie and His Orchestra America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years Columbia/Legacy Four CDs' worth, and I don't claim... More >>

  • Ray Charles 1930—2004

    published June 8, 2004

    Rock and roll? "A couple of guitars together with a backbeat," huffed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame charter member Ray Charles in 1959. But he dug... More >>

  • Facing Mecca

    published May 25, 2004

    Youssou N'Dour's dignified, devotional Egypt is his boldest album since he formed Etoile de Dakar 25 years ago. Its sacral chants and Cairo... More >>

  • Responsibility

    published May 25, 2004

    "It is my strong conviction that the responsibility for disarming Iraq should rest with the United Nations. As a matter of conscience I question... More >>

  • Music

    published May 25, 2004

    7 Seconds is an awkwardly conceived recap of N'Dour's '90, '92, and '94 crossover albums, with 2000's Joko also well represented... More >>

  • Anti-Gravitational Boots

    published May 11, 2004

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  • The Small Paybacks

    published April 27, 2004

    A dozen years ago I ended an account of Prince's epic hissy fit against the Corporation Briefly to Be Known as AOL Time Warner by supporting his... More >>

  • Music

    published April 27, 2004

    I've begun several of Continuum's 33 1/3 series, 20,000-word miniatures devoted entirely to one album, and I hope to finish more. Michaelangelo... More >>

  • We Got A Lot

    published April 13, 2004

    Pick Hits CAETANO VELOSO A Foreign Sound... More >>

  • But It's Really Good Sex

    published March 30, 2004

    Janet Jackson was a cause célèbre once before, and not for what most would call moral reasons. I'm talking about 1992, when she... More >>

  • Music

    published March 30, 2004

    Embroiled in one of those gruesome family melodramas that turn old age into a fate worse than death, I cast about for music to suit my mood. Monk?... More >>

  • Edges of the Groove

    published March 9, 2004

    Pick Hits The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be... More >>

  • Tribulations of St. Joseph

    published February 24, 2004

    Think of Joseph Shabalala as Bill Monroe. Really, how many other musicians invented a style single-handed? And note that both inventions are... More >>

  • Music

    published February 24, 2004

    It's hard not to love Delmark Records, the blues ur-indie founded by retailer Bob Koester in 1953, which continues to expand a sizable catalog... More >>

  • An Act of Piety

    published February 17, 2004

    When all is read and put to bed, Peter Fletcher's World Musics in Context is not a very good book. But without question it is an... More >>

  • The Dean's List

    published February 3, 2004

    ALBUMS 1 King Sunny Ade The Best of the Classic Years [SHANACHIE] 20 2 Buck 65 Talkin' Honky Blues... More >>

  • Parts of the Elephunk

    published January 27, 2004

    Pick Hit DIZZEE RASCAL Boy in Da... More >>

  • Good Morning Little School Girl

    published January 13, 2004

    My mind's telling me no But my body, my body's telling me yes Baby, I don't want to hurt nobody But there is something that I must... More >>

  • Music

    published January 13, 2004

    Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues (Bluebird/BMG Heritage) His Victor recordings, made between 1927 and 1932, are... More >>

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