Music Article

Here are the best-reviewed CDs of the year

Gift Guide: Every CD that got an A in 2004

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The Beta Band Heroes to Zeroes Grade: A-

Electrelane The Power Out Grade: A-

Oneida Secret Wars Grade: A-

PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her Grade: A

The Silent League The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused Grade: A-

Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse Grade: A-

Stereolab Margerine Eclipse Grade: A-

Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans Grade: A-

TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Grade: A

The Walkmen Bows and Arrows Grade: A

Blues

Billy Branch and Kenny Neal Double Take Grade: A-

Country

Emmylou Harris Elite Hotel Grade: A

The Flatlanders Wheels of Fortune Grade: A-

Graham Parker Your Country Grade: A-

Julie Roberts Julie Roberts Grade: A

Lampchop Aw C'mon Grade: A-

Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose Grade: A

Electronica

Air Talkie Walkie Grade: A-

Gospel

Various Artists Goodbye, Babylon Grade: A

Jazz

The Bad Plus Give Grade: A-

Dave Douglas Strange Liberation Grade: A-

Latin

Bebel Gilberto Bebel Gilberto Grade: A-

Virginia Rodrigues Mares Profundos Grade: A-

Caetano Veloso A Foreign Sound Grade: A

Metal

Saliva Survival of the Sickest Grade: A-

Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) Grade: A-

Musical

Various Artists Broadway: The American Musical Grade: A-

R & B

Brandy Afrodisiac Grade: A-

The Holmes Brothers Simple Truths Grade: A-

Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 Grade: A-

Raphael Saadiq Raphael Saadiq as Ray Ray Grade: A-

Usher Yeah! Grade: A-

Van Hunt Van Hunt Grade: A

Wyclef Jean Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 Grade: A-

Rap

Danger Mouse The Grey Album Grade: A

Ghostface The Pretty Toney Album Grade: A-

Kanye West The College Dropout Grade: A-

Nelly Suit Grade: A-

N.E.R.D. Fly or Die Grade: A-

RJD2 Since We Last Spoke Grade: A-

Reggae

Various Artists Studio One Dub Grade: A-

Reissues

Echo & the Bunnymen Crocodiles Grade: A-

Soul

Arthur Russell The World of Arthur Russell Grade: A-

James Brown Soul on Top Grade: A-

Omar Best by Far Grade: A-

Vocal

Barbara Cook Barbara Cook's Broadway Grade: A

Diana Krall The Girl In the Other Room Grade: A-

Nellie McKay Get Away From Me Grade: A

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