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Dirty


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  • Audio CD (June 7 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TA9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 100%
2. Swimsuit Issue
3. Theresa's Sound-world
4. Drunken Butterfly
5. Shoot
6. Wish Fulfillment
7. Sugar Kane
8. Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit
9. Youth Against Fascism
10. Nic Fit
11. On The Strip
12. Chapel Hill
13. JC
14. Purr
15. Creme Brulee


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Format: Audio CD
Sonic Youth are so underrated. They produce songs that are intricate and beautiful at times and are capable of incredible range and structure. This album is the best of a very good selection from them, and has some soaring songs, a punk rant, some clever rock, and Thurston and Kim sharing the bulk of the vocal responsibilities. I love the range of styles on this album, and the use of noise as an instrument in the feedback of some of the guitar parts. The stand out track is Theresa’s Sound-world for the delicate way it builds, although Wish Fulfillment has massive meaning to me as well. The deluxe edition is definitely the way to go.
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Regrettably, Sonic Youth haven't gotten as much credit as they deserve as some of the original purveyors of what has since come to be labelled alternative rock, but "Dirty" provides convincing proof that they just may have done it better than anyone else. Many of the rock bands that gained prominence around this time brought somewhat of an unschooled ethic to their sound, but "Dirty" is a unique, diverse, and immensely enjoyable listen that may well have seen the Youth at the height of their powers. Many of the rock bands that gained prominence around this time brought somewhat of an unschooled ethic to their sound, but these guys (and girl) somehow managed to combine that rawness with their brilliant musicianship to give listeners the best of both worlds. This is yet another one of those albums I wish I had gotten years ago, but I guess I wouldn't have appreciated it that much back then.
Some of the extended, intricate instrumental passages that characterized earlier albums are still present, but for the most part the songs here are shorter, sharper, and more efficient than their predecessors, continuing the process that was begun right around "Goo." Yes, by this point the band had embraced a more traditional rock songwriting format, but these songs rock so hard and so well I can't imagine anyone objecting.
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Format: Audio CD
One of the great neo-punk bands. But it's not just one-dimensional punk. These guys can do acoustic ballad, etc. Somebody told me they sound horrible "live", but either way I think they're a really good band on record. This album is a good starting point.
David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"
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Format: Audio CD
My favorite song from Daydream Nation was Rain King. The guitar howled proudly, and the songs sounded as if it were destroying something. Dirty expanded my favorite song. Dirty sounds apocolyptic to me (especially the beginning) or at least we can all agree, very wrong. This CD is evil, scary, you'll want to retract in fear. At times I think this is the album that modern Hardcore wants to be like, but they scream instead.
It sounds incredible thanks to Butch Vig at the helm. My description of this with a hardcore edge is a little off, since there's so much variety, though there's still a very heavy and DEFINITELY very thick sound.
My favorite? Wish Fulfillment could make me cry if I had a situation to fit it.
The B-Sides are top notch, though the second CD is only alright. It's more like a decent post-punk album than a Sonic Youth CD. Maybe I'll give it some more listens and get back to you
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By filterite on Nov. 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the CD I started my Sonic Youth collection with ( why go for the original when you can have the deluxe edition ) and I have to say this stuff literally rocks. Neat little eccentric subversive style pop-rock with all the right twists and turns and the personal recordings are even better. Looking forward to the other deluxe reissues
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By H3@+h on Sept. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to say what the best "Sonic Youth" album is, but this is one of them. It's an album that has it all. Some straight forward rockers, some that are just beautiful noise, and Kim or Thurston singing on most of the tracks. Anyone who likes their albums "Goo" or "Washing Machine" should like this too. It's a long way from "Confusion is Sex/Kill yr. Idols" though. Some copies of this have a picture behind the cd, of a nude man and woman molesting stuffed animals. Mine does anyway. There's also a new "Deluxe Edition" of this with a bonus disc. Whichever one you choose, it will go great with your "Dinosaur Jr" and "Pixies" cd's.
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Format: Audio CD
Dirty and Daydream Nation are the only two Sonic Youth albums I own, but they are both utterly amazing, though for different reasons. In the case of Dirty, its for cooler-than-cool, disaffected post-punk and grunge-pop. More song-based and straight-ahead rock than the somewhat proggy Daydream Nation, its nevertheless tempered with fine bursts of white noise, magical guitar duelling, grinding riffs and propelling, heavy bass.
Everyone mentions '100%' and 'Sugar Kane', and both are good, the former a driving, posturing, cool punk number and the latter a radio-friendly, poppy rock song. However this album by no means stops there. Springing to mind is the utterly wonderful 'Theresa's Sound-world' which builds from quiet, reflective melody to a wall of beautiful, heavy, ear-bleeding noise. 'Drunken Butterfly' is propelled by a catchy riff (recently ripped off by Cooper Temple Clause for their single 'Promises Promises') and an earnestly ironic chorus of 'I love you, I love you, I love you, what's your name?'.
Their political drive comes to the fore on the slower, but equally menacing 'Youth Against Fascism', which contains sneering vocals, a monster of a bass sound and guitars that sound as if they are being ritualistically tortured rather than played. The album veers from creepy ('Shoot', 'On The Strip') to all-out punk ('Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit' and the cover of 'Nic's Fit'). The more commercial 'Chapel Hill' sits alongside 'Sugar Kane' nicely, but every track on here has a sense of melody. Then there is a bit of lunacism, like the strange and twisted closer 'Creme Brulee'.
Every track on this album digs its own musical furrow and the album is all the better for it as despite its length of 15 tracks each one is worthy of high acclaim.
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