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  • 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 Zig Zag (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.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (No. 833, p.77) - "...[H]is best in years....[O]ffering witty headbangers alongside ripe-for-radio glitter pop...." - Grade: B

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.69) - "DIRTY DIAMONDS sees Alice close to his snarling, sarcastic best..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is Credible Alice, finally aware that he has a legacy to protect."
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