Dirty Diamonds

Dirty Diamonds

by Alice CooperAlice Cooper


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When the big fat advances from big fat record companies dried up, Alice Cooper pared down his sound and came to terms with his inner garage on the nearly overdubless The Eyes of Alice Cooper. The album was worthy redemption from the big-money blandness of his mid-'80s recordings and a nice return to form after flirting with the industrial-flavored metal that defined his late-'90s material. Dirty Diamonds stays the course, and while it's not Killer or Love It to Death, it at least sounds like it's from the guy who was responsible for those classics. Fortunately, Alice is well aware of his age, and without teen angst as his focus, he turns to hedonism, sexy women, and sly, sicko humor played bar band style by one of the tightest crews he's ever fronted. Delivered in an exaggerated Johnny Cash style, "I'm in jail in a Texas town/In my sister's wedding gown" opens the bizarre "The Saga of Jesse Jane," a tale of a trucker who drives his rig all night listening to Judy Garland. It's inspired, as is the cover of the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina" (harpsichord, flute, and all), the reckless party tune "Steal That Car," and the slinking "Six Hours," which smells a lot like Cooper during his Bob Ezrin heyday until the dramatic bridge comes along and makes the likeness uncanny. The album is filled with surprises, but recalling his Flush the Fashion era with the robotic snarl on "Your Own Worst Enemy" takes the cake for Cooper fanatics. The catchy "Perfect" is a worthy single and the filler is clearly marked "bonus track." Ending the album with the Southern-fried, horror show "Zombie Dance" would have made more sense, since "Stand" with rapper Xzibit -- lifted from Unity: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album -- is silly and forced. Those are traits the rest of this fine album avoids like they were poison, or for that matter, "Poison."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396607822
catalogNumber: 6078
Rank: 28253

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Peggi Blu   Background Vocals
Edna Wright   Background Vocals
Bridget Benenate   Background Vocals
Rick Boston   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,12-string Guitar,Soloist
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Tambourine
Jim Cox   Keyboards
Dinah Englund   Background Vocals
Tony Gilkyson   Electric Guitar
Mark Hudson   Background Vocals
Damon Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mark Lennon   Background Vocals
Steve Lindsey   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Tambourine,Moog Synthesizer,Shaker,Moog Bass
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Ryan Roxie   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mark Hollingsworth   Flute,Saxophone
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar
Daniel Lenz   Synthesizer
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Chuck Garric   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Cufetos   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
Teddy Andreadis   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer
Bridget Benenate   Composer
Rick Boston   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Shep Gordon   Management
Mark Hudson   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Damon Johnson   Composer
Steve Lindsey   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Ensemble
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Ryan Roxie   Composer
Xzibit   Composer
Katherine Delaney   Art Direction
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Toby B. Mamis   Management
Daniel Lenz   Loop
Curtis Evans   Logo,Logo Design
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Chuck Garric   Composer
Benji Hughes   Composer
Steve N' Rick   Audio Production

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