Dirty Diamonds (dig) (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.|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Alice Cooper (vocals, harmonica); Alice Cooper; Damon Johnson (guitar, guitars, bass guitar, background vocals); Ryan Roxie (guitar, guitars, background vocals); Rick Boston (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Steve Lindsey (guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, shaker, tambourine); Chuck Garric (guitar, bass guitar, background vocals); Lyle Workman, Mike Elizondo (guitar); Tony Gilkyson (electric guitar); Mark Hollingsworth (flute, saxophone); Chris Tedesco (trumpet); Teddy "ZigZag" Andreadis (piano, organ); Jim Cox (keyboards); Daniel Lenz (synthesizer); John "4 Daddman" Robinson (drums); Lenny Castro (tambourine, percussion); Bridget Benenate, Edna Wright, Dinah Englund, Mark Hudson, Mark Lennon, Peggi Blu (background vocals); Tommy Cufetos (drums, background vocals).|
|Audio Mixer: Dave Way.|
|Recording information: Future House Studios, Culver City, CA; Phantom Studio, Westlake Village, CA; Westside Independent Studios, Beverly Hills, CA.|
|Photographer: Mando Gonzales.|
|Apparently, the return to 1970s-era form on 2003's THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER wasn't a one-shot deal. On 2005's DIRTY DIAMONDS, Cooper continues the earlier release's straight-up hard-rock vibe. (Even the covers of both albums--focusing on the shock rocker's makeup-caked eyes--are strikingly similar.) Cooper's patented mix of sleaze and horror is as reliable as ever, with the revved-up "Woman of Mass Distraction" and the giddy "You Make Me Wanna" playing off the lurching "Run Down the Devil" and the bluesy, morbid "Zombie Dance."|
|The softer side of the man formerly known as Vincent Furnier is revealed on "The Saga of Jesse Jane," a humorous, slightly twangy tune where Cooper trades his signature raspy voice for a fuller croon, and a surprisingly tender take on the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina." Of course, the bulk of DIRTY DIAMONDS consists of energetic, guitar-heavy rock songs. One of the most shocking aspects of Cooper is how--more than three decades into his recording career--he sounds as invigorated as ever.|
Producer: Rick Boston; Steve Lindsey; Steve N' Rick
Engineer: Gabe Veltri; Adam Hawkins; Rick Boston; Gabe Veltri; Adam Hawkins
|Release Date : 08/02/2005|
|Original Release Date : 2005|
|Catalog ID : 6078|
|Label : New West (Record Label)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00607396607822|
- "...[H]is best in years....[O]ffering witty headbangers alongside ripe-for-radio glitter pop...." - Grade: B
- "DIRTY DIAMONDS sees Alice close to his snarling, sarcastic best..."
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is Credible Alice, finally aware that he has a legacy to protect."
Insolent, 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?