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Dirty

Sonic Youth Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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A must-buy for any teen or twentysomething who considers themselves the least bit cool. With Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore swopping leads, it's a beautifully paced disc exploding with beatific beats, white-noise assaults and great, grungy pop ("Sugar Kane," "Chapel Hill"). --Jeff Bateman

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5.0 out of 5 stars You ain't alternative unless you own this album! May 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars OHMYGAWD!!! June 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
This reissue of the classic alterna-rock album from one of the genre's best bands is hands down one of the best cd releases of 2003. Sonic Youth is a truly inspirational band, and this is arguably their best release. It was the album that truly gave them pop notability, whatever that means. They didn't sacrifice any of their ideals or attitudes towards music, however. This is in-your-face rock music, tearing down the all too accepted male dominated ego, by making an experience for all genders. What ever happened to those ideas? It seemed that the whole alterna/grunge thing was a mere moment of what could have been a great blessing. There was a moment of solidarity amongst rock fans, and then we got stuck back with phallic morons screaming about nookie. (sigh)
Anyhow,this album showcases some of the most raw punk modern music has ever heard. Every song on this album is a masterpiece. I love bands that challenge what "good music" should sound like. Noise has never been so heavenely. The bonus disc is divine as well. Alot of the outtakes are epic insturmentals that are sure to be soothing to any punk fan's ears. Long live Sonic Youth! We need another musical revolution to destroy the mindless male oppressor, and to bring unity back to the masses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Youth injected rock April 21 2003
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Format:Audio CD
While Dirty is possibly one of the greatest "rock" albums ever made, you shouldn't let the term fool you. Refusing to be restrained by mainstream requirements, Sonic Youth uses a deep rock foundation to enhance their music, not limit it, which results in a record that is jarring, surreal, abrasive and calming all at once. Perhaps inspired by the antics of their more straightforward peers, i.e. Mudhoney and Nirvana, Dirty definitely marks the beginning of a more riff based approach for the consistently abrasive New York Ensemble, but while bands like Mudhoney and Nirvana quickly embraced an entirely formulaic method of songwriting, Sonic Youth merely uses this style to bring the jagged edges and metallic skronk of their vision to the forefront. Therefore, none of the classic SY elements are lost as the band further explores the concepts of repeated bludgeoning power chords overlaid with impassioned vocals and the results nearly defy description. Although every member of Sonic Youth is able to get into the driving grooves of tracks like "Purr" or "100%," they also feel right at home while indulging in psychedelic, feedback laden meditations such as "Theresa's Sound World" or "JC," thereby straddling the gap between the fierce testosterone riddled world of rock and the brooding, experimental underbelly of Avant Garde. The diverse assortment of styles and the wide range of sounds cleverly placed side by side makes Dirty an experience that keeps the listener attentive, lulling him or her into a relaxed calm at one moment only to bombard his or her ears with brutal guitar fuzz the next. An album that can overwhelm as much as entice, Dirty is a complex array of various ideas and motives, which makes classifying it as a great rock album an incredible oversimplification. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars As things stand, this is my favourite album of all time
Sonic Youth are so underrated. They produce songs that are intricate and beautiful at times and are capable of incredible range and structure. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steven Aldersley
4.0 out of 5 stars kewl alternative punk tunes
One of the great neo-punk bands. But it's not just one-dimensional punk. These guys can do acoustic ballad, etc. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Brutal
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Andrew Hunter King
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer little gem
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by filterite
4.0 out of 5 stars 100% Wish Fulfillment.
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by H3@+h
4.0 out of 5 stars A few reallllllly good songs
Called Sonic Youth's 'commercial effort', "Dirty" remains pretty avante garde to my ears. 'Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit' sounds most like the noisey Sonic Youth you are... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by mark twain
5.0 out of 5 stars even dirtier
The addition of B-sides and rehearsal recordings recaptures the raw ethos of the music surrounding sonic youth's milestone "dirty". Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by "onedayiwillfly"
4.0 out of 5 stars How dare they sell out?! *pfffft*
I'll back this. With all due respect, it's more interesting to hear than Daydream Nation. The recording quality is better. There's still screechy feedback noise. Read more
Published on July 2 2003 by Craig Luft
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest move by SY
This was an extremely good idea by Sonic Youth to rerelease all their songs plus the b-sides. This album is absolutely amazing how it is, but with the added stuff it only gets... Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by Paul
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