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Dirty Diamonds

Alice CooperAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0009X75MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman Of Mass Distraction
2. Perfect
3. You Make Me Wanna
4. Dirty Diamonds
5. The Saga Of Jesse Jane
6. Sunset Babies ( All Got Rabies )
7. Pretty Ballerina
8. Run Down The Devil
9. Steal That Car
10. Six Hours
11. Own Worst Enemy
12. Zombie Dance
13. Stand

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Although he never really left, it only felt that way because much of Alice Cooper’s 80s and 90s output has been, to be kind, forgettable. Hard rock fans were put off by the turn towards frigid techno and all but gone by Cooper’s slash and burn metal years.

2005’s return to the stinging hard rock that put him on the map is a welcome look back in anger. Kicking off with the gritty, driving guitars and snappy lyrical twists of "Woman of Mass Distraction," Cooper’s sleazy voice sounds as robust and distinctive as it did three decades ago. Riff happy nitroburners such as "Steal that Car," "Your Own Worst Enemy" and especially the "Under My Wheels" licks of "You Make Me Wanna" show that Cooper, now pushing 60, still has plenty of gas in the tank. A lovely, entirely non-ironic cover of The Left Banke’s "Pretty Ballerina," complete with harpsichord and string section, proves that Cooper hasn’t lost his touch with "Only Woman Bleed" style ballads either.

Dirty Diamonds, with it’s unnecessary nod to hip-hop ("Stand") and weak stab at country ("The Saga of Jesse Jane"), won’t knock classics such as School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies and Love it to Death from their well-deserved perch as archetypal blueprints of Cooper’s Halloween-styled gutsy rocking. Yet, at its best, the raw guitars and tightly arranged songs refreshingly recapture the brash attack and dark humor of his glory years. --Hal Horowitz

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New West records is proud to release Dirty Diamonds by Alice Cooper. The CD features the bonus song 'Stand' a duet with Xzibit that was recorded for the 2004 Olympic games. 2005.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Try and Get it Out of Your Head....I Dare ya! August 8, 2005
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Alice Cooper is just amazing. Think for a minute about all of the musical styles the Coop has gone through, whether it's the 70's guitar rock of the original band, disco with "Goes to Hell", new age with "Special Forces", hair metal with "Trash", nu-metal with "Brutal Planet", Alice Cooper's catalog is just amazing. And "Dirty Diamonds" incorporates all of those styles and more. There are tunes on "Diamonds" that you would swear Cooper wrote 30 years ago, the title song "Dirty Diamonds" could easily find a place on "Muscle of Love". "Perfect" sounds like a stripped down song from his "Zipper Catches Skin" era, while "Run Down the Devil" sounds as though it could have come from the "Dragontown" songwriting sessions. I really like the path Cooper started going down with "The Eyes" album, and continues following with "Diamonds". That's not to say that this is Cooper's best album, there are a few clunkers sprinkled here and there, "The Ballad of Jesse Jane" and "Steal that Car", but overall the album is everything you could want from Alice and company. And just a quick note; speaking of versatility, Ryan Roxie's guitar work on here is amazing. At times cranking it up to a blistering pace, while on tracks like "Zombie Dance" he just plays some great blues riffs, and tones everything down nicely on "Pretty Ballerina". I have seen Cooper live on a couple occasions and Roxie's work is just as impressive live. I have listened to this album several times now and keep going back, it really is addictive.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LISTEN TO THE FANS. YES, ALICE RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS!! October 4, 2006
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True ALICE fans know. This feels like OLD ALICE, man!! Take my word for it. I've been a fan since 1973. Or, don't take my word. Sample it for yourself. ALICE COOPER hasn't made music this good since his days with the ALICE COOPER BAND. At the start of the new millennium(how I hate that term), ALICE COOPER turned out 2 hot and wicked metal albums!! BRUTAL PLANET and DRAGONTOWN. Then he goes way back and makes THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER. What a great album!! COOPER continues to discover his roots one more time with DIRTY DIAMONDS. I swear it's like he's been REBORN with these records. Even though these songs are completely new, I swear I hear strains from the KILLER and the LOVE IT TO DEATH lp's. The song YOU MAKE ME WANNA feels like YEAH, YEAH, YEAH from KILLER, for sure. And listen to THE BALLAD OF JESSE JANE(hilarious). It's the DWIGHT FRY melody!! Wow!! One of the best new songs is the blues ballad SIX HOURS. Incredible!! His voice just gets better with age. Read the rave reviews and sample the album. Make sure you sample all the albums I mention in this review. Those of you, like me, who have been away from The COOP for a while, here's your chance to discover his music again. You won't be sorry. ALICE IS GREAT AGAIN!!

WELCOME BACK, COOP!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I have a confession to make. I (Shock! Horror!) had abandoned Alice for many years after the Welcome To My Nightmare days, seeking out more "rrrrefined" music. When I returned, it was out of curiousity to find out what the Dragontown-Brutal Planet-Last Temptation trilogy stuff was all about. I loved every note and lyric. This CD is great too, but it sounds very different. It seems as though there are two or three "characters" singing on the CD, which should be right up Alice's spookey alley, given his penchant for theatrical performances onstage. The hee-haw delivery of the sad tale of Jesse Jane is hilarious, if politically incorrect (somebody badly needs to request that one on Dr. Demento). "Woman of Mass Destraction" and "Sunset Babies" are good old fashioned rockers, the latter with the Cooper trademark freakshow brand. "Run Down the Devil"'s lyrics remind me of some of the old country gospel songs---"Drive on down to lonely street/He's always waiting there for me/Run down the devil/Run the devil down/Run down the devil/ Run him down down down."

What sounds totally un-Cooper to me...and maybe that's because of my long, inexcusable absence from Cooper fan-dom...is his cover of the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina." What a beautiful voice! I do think it is perfect though. And I do have to smile when I think of former Joffrey ballerina, now dance company owner Cheryl Cooper, as well as ballet student Sonora Rose Cooper. I'm sure the decision to record this had nothing to do with them though. Ohhh no.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right Where 2003 Left Off... August 6, 2005
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Alice Cooper's album of 2003, "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" saw the Godfather of Shock Rock returning to his original roots and returning to the sound that made him famous in the 1970s. Alice Cooper has delivered another album in the same vein as 2003's release, and picks up right where the last album left off, this time even better. This new album is a more polished version of "The Eyes...". Returning for this album is are musicians from the last album with Ryan Roxie on Lead Guitar and Chuck Garric on Bass. Sadly Eric Singer is absent from the drums on this album. The album is geared with a stinging furry of face-melting guitar solos, gut-busting beats, out-of-this-world lyrics and Alice's creepy voice, the albums is everything Alice's promised he would deliver. On a whole, the album, the album is another very strong solid effort from the Godfather.

Here are the main highlights that you gotta hear:

"Woman of Mass Destruction" - Fantastic song. The build-up to the chorus is very much the same as "School's Out" with the same drum beat and the way the lyrics are sung. Outstanding guitar solo by Roxie as always and fantastic lyrics. The opening line is another humorous bit from Alice, "I'm a Shock Rock Romeo."

"You Make Me Wanna" - My favorite off of the album. Great mix of acoustic and electric guitars on this piece. Outstanding a very catchy lyrics and chorus line. Definitely one of Alice's best in the last few albums.

"The Saga of Jesse Jane" - This song is very much similar to 1977's, "King of the Silver Screen." Sung in very much the same manner with Alice Cooper doing his Johnny Cash impersonation. The song is about a tranvestite locked up in the slammer. A little humorous and weird too, but nothing unusual from Alice Cooper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's solid gold Alice!
This is Alice Cooper's 24th studio album, and it's a good one. It's real solid Alice Cooper. All of the tracks are quite interesting and all are quite different from each other. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice Cooper - 'Dirty Diamonds' (New West Records)
Review no. 83. Main reason I'm giving this title a four-star rating is because I felt that a lot of time, effort and (possible) research went into the making of 'Dirty Diamonds'. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Mike Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars decent but less than the two before it.
The two before this one really were excellent, this one is more average cooper to me. It's good though in most of the songs but none really tear into it as solidly as the... Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars No gimmicks, straight on heavy rock thrills again!
This is a pretty recent album-2005 I believe- and it was really just Alice stipping the sound back down to simple heavy, fast, fun, wild rock tunes like back in the day from his... Read more
Published on June 29, 2010 by Franz Kiffka
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought I would hate this album...
Just picked this up and the first two songs on the album were horrible in my opinion. After that though, the album rules right up to the last track. Read more
Published on May 14, 2009 by Skyclad
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in Flack...
All the praise offered by all the other reviews of this product is well earned by Cooper's Dirty Diamonds. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by James Rovira
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new, heavy release
I always enjoy Alice Cooper's newer material for the fact that they have more crunch. This album is heavy and Alice, once again, has great musicians playing for him.
Published on January 17, 2008 by Chris Kaiser
4.0 out of 5 stars Coop's best album in years
Simply put, this is easily Alice Cooper's best studio album since "From The Inside". It combines all the classic elements of vintage Cooper, both original band and solo Alice, most... Read more
Published on January 12, 2007 by Hoagie Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Eyes
"Diamonds" follows in the footsteps of the previous disc "Eyes Of Alice Cooper". The Coop goes for a sound very similar to the original Alice Cooper band with a straight ahead... Read more
Published on December 18, 2006 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice As Good As Ever
I give 5 stars to a record if I like it all the way thru and some things really stand out as great. Dirty Diamonds passes that test. Read more
Published on September 14, 2006 by Joseph P. Darak Jr.
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Not bad Alice
Ok good for you... now get these Cooper cds as well:
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Brutal Planet
Flush The Fashion
Goes To Hell
The Last Temptation
Zipper Catches Skin
Special Forces
From The Inside
Muscle Of Love
Easy Action
Live At The Whisky 1969
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