David Browne
September 25, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Album Picks: 1992

Whether it’s jazz, blues, country, folk, or the occasional oldie, our critics have suggested these recent releases as required listening for the back-to-school season:

*TRISHA YEARWOOD Hearts in Armor A shattering performance from one of country music’s finest interpretive singers.

*VINCE GILL I Still Believe in You Celestial tenor vocals and gut-wrenching songs by a Nashville stalwart.

*SUZANNE VEGA 99.9 F&deg This restless, neurotic new album unveils a new genre: industrial folk.

*ROGER WATERS Amused to Death A Pink Floyd founder delivers a lush policy statement, scoring a direct hit on our choicest social ills.

*NILS LOFGREN Crooked Line Tough and true power pop from a rock veteran.

*IRIS DEMENT Infamous Angel An unaffected blend of honest country and folk.

*JIMMY RUSHING Rushing Lullabies Inspiring combo buoys the great blues singer to even grander heights.

*KENNY DAVERN My Inspiration Jazz with an innocent charm by a clarinetist and string orchestra.

*MC5 Back in the USA Reissue of an incendiary 1970 rock classic.

*SUZANNE RHATIGAN To Hell With Love Tough blues rock from a tougher woman.

*THE TRASHEN Tube City!: The Best of the Trashmen A cheesy soundtrack for a 1963 dance party.

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