Dirty Diamonds (dig) CD (2005)

Artist: Alice Cooper

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After 30 albums and some of the most famous rock songs ever recorded, you'd think Alice Cooper's demons would've been conquered by now--or maybe locked in a cage and fed undercooked meat. But the man who changed the course of rock music in the '70s with bloody guillotines, sparking electric chairs, slimy boa constrictors, and a little blood and eyeliner still has more to slay in 2005. Alice Cooper is master at re-inventing himself, shedding his skin like one of his snakes to become everything from a mascara'd grave robber to a leather-wrapped street hooligan, a film noir detective, insane asylum honor student, and nihilistic dada-ist. 2003's Eyes of Alice Cooper saw another of these shape-shifts, grinding musical gears with back-to-basics garage rock. Wrapping his famous sneer/snarl around a fistful of power chords, Alice--lean and mean--pumped the adrenaline to toxic levels. With the release of Dirty Diamonds, Coop is back in even finer form, promising more thrills, chills and doctor bills.

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Label New West
SKU 63992637
UPC 607396607822
UPC 14 00607396607822
Format CD
Release Date 8/2/2005
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Author Alice Cooper
Credits
Vocals Alice Cooper
Guitar Chuck Garric
Guitar Damon Johnson
Guitar Ryan Roxie
Drums Tommy Cufetos
Artist Bio
Alice CooperInsolent, impertinent, and impudent, the lineup of Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, and Alice Cooper--also known as the Alice Cooper Group--was that rarest of entities: an aggregation of five uniquely distinctive personalities, who together not only sounded great but also looked great as a rock 'n' roll band.His accomplishments herald Alice Cooper as a true original in an era where originality is disdained. The triumphs and tribulations heard on Alice Cooper's albums continue to thrill millions all over the world to this day, with his name and image remaining an inextricable part of our language and culture, as familiar as they are enduring.Indeed, no better example of Alice Cooper's timelessness can be found than in the fact that he still sings "I'm Eighteen" with all the passionate fervor and belief that he first brought to the song. For as long as there is a part of us that will always remain 18, we will all have far more in common with Alice Cooper than we might realize--or dare to publicly admit.After all, you're still here, and so is Alice. Rocking out like all get out. And ain't that what it's all about?
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ReviewSource Harp Magazine
Review There have been plenty of times over the past 30 years when it seemed like Alice Cooper didn't know who the hell he was anymore. 1989's splendid Trash aside, Alice's output since his '70s heyday has been a hodgepodge of limp shock rock and awkward metal dabblings. With Dirty Diamonds things feel much less forced and the result is a pretty entertaining disc. Not groundbreaking, mind you. In fact, musically it's lacking in originality. But it works some tried-and-true sonic levers well and there's no shortage of gorgeously off-color Alice lyrics. A couple of tracks would even be worthy of a spot in any Cooper box set. "Perfect" lifts the shades on everyday folks who are stars in their own minds and bedrooms, while the spoof C&W ballad "The Saga of Jesse Jane"--about a trucker who wears a wedding dress--is a huge smile. Fans of School's Out may not get hot over this one, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a spin. It's good-time Alice hit-n-giggle.
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Reviewer Adrian Zupp
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Maxim
Review Alice Cooper has endured a long, slow slide from vibrant, theatrical, shock-rock pioneer to graying, Republican, Pro-Am golfer/nostalgia act. It's probably too late to arrest this skid, but Dirty Diamonds at least serves as a potent reminder of the musical force he once was, despite getting off to a slow start. "Woman Of Mass Distraction" is typical of recent vintage Cooper: It's a decent classic rocker tethered to a bad pun that's almost certainly the song's entire reason for existing. But things pick up. "Perfect" is crisp, Beatlesque pop, "The Saga Of Jesse Jane" sets the tragic tale of a transvestite trucker to a loping, country rhythm, and the scorching "You Make Me Wanna" is proof that there's never anything wrong with plagiarizing the chord progression from "All Along The Watchtower." The Xzibit collaboration, "Stand," that finishes this album out is a jumble of clichŽs that doesn't even work as a novelty, but it's still nice to hear Alice trying to shake off his traditionalist shackles and join the 21st century. Or at least the late 20th century.
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Reviewer David Peisner
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Cooper,Alice
Label New West
Music Format Compact Disc

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