Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s  

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Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s is a music reference book by American music journalist and essayist Robert Christgau. It was published in October 1990 by Pantheon Books as a follow-up to Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).

The guide compiles approximately 3,000 capsule album reviews, most of which were originally written by Christgau for his monthly "Consumer Guide" column in The Village Voice throughout the 1980s. It covers a variety of genres and musical developments from the decade, which are given an overview in his introductory essays. More insight into his grading criteria is also given in the introduction.

The book was received positively by most critics. Christgau's sensibility and the entertaining, insightful qualities of his judgements were praised, although some deemed the writing too challenging for most readers. It was succeeded in 2000 by Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, forming a three-volume series of "Consumer Guide" collections.

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