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Christgau’s grades

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 30, 2009

When evaluating records, music critic Robert Christgau used grades ranging from A+ to E-.

An A+ record is an organically conceived masterpiece that repays prolonged listening with new excitement and insight. It is unlikely to be marred by more than one merely ordinary cut.

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An E- record is an organically conceived masterpiece that repays repeated listening with a sense of horror in the face of the void. It is unlikely to be marred by one listenable cut.

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