Dirty is the seventh full-length studio album and second double album by American rock band Sonic Youth, released on July 21, 1992 by DGC Records. The band recorded and co-produced the album with Butch Vig in early 1992 at the Magic Shop studios. The sound on Dirty was inspired by the popularity of grunge music at the time, and has been described by Billboard magazine as avant-rock. Some songs on the album mark the first appearance of three guitars in a few Sonic Youth songs. Dirty reached number 83 on the US Billboard 200 and number six on the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned four singles: the lead single "100%" charted well, but was not the crossover hit the label anticipated, followed by "Youth Against Fascism", which did not chart as well. The last two were "Sugar Kane" and "Drunken Butterfly", with the former performing better commercially than the latter. In support of the album, Sonic Youth embarked on the "Pretty Fucking Dirty" tour of 1992 and 1993, where they played most of the album during sets. In late 1992, they toured North America, and in early 1993, they toured New Zealand and Australia and released the Whores Moaning EP, which featured most of the "Sugar Kane" B-sides.Wikipedia
Sonic Youth are, and always will be, better than your band.
There's very little to dislike about this album. Sure, Kim Gordon's vocals wander around looking for the key like a drunk in the dark trying to unlock their front door. But, other than that, it's a pretty good post-punk, post-grunge, alt-rock album. The issue is that there's not really a whole lot that amazing about it either. The lyrics are culturally relevant but stop short of being pointed commentary. The musicality has an edge to it (that's often missing in a lot of grunge-adjacent rock) but it's stops short of kicking anyone in the nuts. The album is good but it's just not great. Guitar tones are on point though and it was fun background rock.
Noise rock perfected. Crazy, wailing guitar lines, pop-punk sensibilities, dirty drums, interesting vocals and lyrics. Favorite song: Wish Fufillment
Really surprised I haven't come across this sooner because it's totally up my street. I usually hear people talk about Daydream Nation or Goo when it comes to Sonic Youth, which I like a lot - but this feels more polished, more direct, and influenced by the grunge scene which was exploding at the time, while not losing sight of their own experimental edge. Superb
Probably the most accessible Sonic Youth album I've heard so far, but that doesn't make the Kim and Thurston duo any less tasty.
This is the album where I became aware of Sonic Youth (after the Nirvana explosion) so these songs are burned a little deeper into my memory. Liked listening to the rehearsal tapes on the deluxe edition.
Hey, no one ever went to a Georgia O’ Keeffe exhibit to gaze at realistic reproductions of flowers and landscapes. Nor did anyone view a Terry Gilliam film with the understanding that actual events were being depicted. So don’t approach Sonic Youth with the expectation that you’re going to hear songs with sustained, consistent tempos or beautiful harmonies, or even instruments in tune! If so, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. If, however, you can listen beyond the norm, and adjust your tuning frequency to that of the band’s, then you’re in for a uniquely good experience. I have a friend who happens to be a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The liturgy chanted in their worship is lengthy, to say the least. They are just warming up on Sunday morning while most Protestant and even Catholic congregations are closing shop. The sheer amount of words emanating from the priest(s), the reader(s), and the choir is overwhelming. It’s simply too much to consider in real time. I asked my priest friend about this once and his suggestion was to allow the liturgy to just wash over you, and release the need to reflect upon what’s being communicated. It’s not really a didactic exercise for the congregant anyway. It’s more of a spiritual communion between the Divine and human, a foretaste of heaven on earth. (This isn’t his exact quote, just my general memory.) While an aural experience of Sonic Youth is hardly religious, I think a similar practice may be helpful. It’s not really a didactic exercise either, although the lyrics are mostly decipherable: bassist and vocalist Kim Gordon comments on cultural issues from a feministic perspective on songs like ‘Swimsuit Issue’ and ‘Shoot.’ Same with guitarists and fellow vocalists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, weighing in with pretty harsh condemnation (emphasis on the 'Youth' part of Sonic) regarding still more cultural issues on ‘Youth Against Facism’ and ‘Sugar Kane.’ And then there’s a handful of surreal offerings like ‘Drunken Butterfly,’ for example, which contains nothing more than lyrics and titles of songs from the classic rock band, Heart. But lyrics aren’t really the heart of Sonic Youth. Music is, or more accurately, the mood created by the music. I don’t know of a lot of other bands that create a more potent ambience than Sonic Youth. And while Dirty is a good LP, it’s not their best, nor the best representation of the typical volume of glorious dissonance found on most of their other recordings. In fact, as I understand it, producer and engineer Butch Fig wanted to tighten the arrangements up a bit, and I think it’s to the detriment of what Sonic Youth does best. It’s like asking the Grateful Dead to not jam so much. Again, don’t get me wrong, 'Dirty' is still a fine recording. Just take the bridge on ‘On the Strip,’ starting at about the three minute mark and extending for about 70 seconds with it’s A piacere, dissonant feedback (like the end of many of the live Who or Hendrix concerts back in the day), and imagine that extending for several more minutes sometimes as an intro, other times as a middle, often as a conclusion- that’s Sonic Youth. These fellas (and lady) have the patience to give the song time to breath, like a uncorked bottle of wine before its poured. They also understand the value of ritardando in a song, which is a word most rock bands wouldn’t even be able to define. And, as would be expected, their utilization of dynamics emphasizes the emotional effect each song is aiming at. The interplay of guitar work between Moore and Ranaldo, the notes often rubbing up so close together they almost become one, is jarring while at the same time surprisingly agreeable. Then, when they do finally sync up or harmonize together It’s like the feeling of health you always get (but often take for granted) following a bout with the flu. You find yourself exhaling a breath of air out of your lungs before you even realized you had been holding it in. And Steve Shelly’s steady drumming remarkably manages to hold this whole thing together, while even delivering a flourish of his own. This guy loves a shuffle beat, and it’s to Sonic Youth’s betterment. Finally, no one’s ever going to invite Kim Gordon to sing the National Anthem at a ball game, but her fierce growling of the lyrics at the end of ‘Shoot’ are convincing enough to make the hair on any man’s neck rise. She’s perfect for Sonic Youth. The golden tones of Karen Carpenter would be quite out of place here. Sonic Youth has long been one of my favorite bands. And years ago, when I read that Neil Young loved ‘em too, it made my heart skip a beat. Turn this one up loud, and cinch your seat belt tight. And toss your habitually conditioned clean ears and expectations right out the window. It’s about to get 'Dirty.'
I enjoyed this album. Coming from not knowing too much of their work, I think this opened me up to their style of music. Their music has uses heavy distortion but it's controlled and fits with the singing(like in "drunken butterfly" and "orange rolls, angel spit"). The sound is heavy and sometimes melodic which is what I like to listen to and I enjoyed some of the 'softer songs like "chapel hill". Their a great mix of hard rock, 'grunge' and punk.
Ne vous faites pas avoir par cette note de 4/5, il s'agit en réalité d'un 3,6/5.
your favorite band's favorite band. I can definitely see why. Intuitive guitar sounds, powerful vocals. Pretty hectic and fast paced throughout, but also has some more relaxed songs to break it up a bit. However, not an album I feel the need to listen to over and over again. Not that many memorable songs.
No. I can't understand why you would learn how to play an instrument to turn around and make shit like this. I want to sue them.
Yknow that scene in a recording studio where there’s some terrible band making noise and the friend/producer/lead is pronouncing that what they’re creating is art but it’s it’s actually just shit? That’s what this album sounds like.
Pretty sure I've only heard Sugar Cane from this album. I'm surprised I hadn't heard the whole thing before, it is right up my ally. This is early alternative/grunge from 1992. It was before I really got into music as a teenager, I was only 13 when this came out. I don't think I really "got into" music until I was 16, especially alternative rock.
Much harder than I remember it being
Ja, dit is er wel eentje voor mij! voor de liefhebbers van 100%, luister eens naar het coveralbum van Mantar "Grungetown hooligans",
Ну че, пацаны, 5 альбомов Соник Юф в подборке? Что тут скажешь, одно из самых простых для понимания, но при этом не теряющее своего шарма творение. Запилено было после того, как пацаны из СЮ расхайпили Кобейна, взяли парнягу к себе на лейбл, а тот возьми да и скажи (лейбл): мол, ребят, походу в тренде щас гранж, давайте че-то похожее сообразите. Ну а хули тут соображать, как бы, когда они прямое влияние на него и оказали. Ну и сделали песни попсовее и помелодичнее, чем обычно. Когда составлял топ-100 любимых альбомов (там с условностями, но всё же), то его включил тоже, вместе с шедевральным Goo. Щас так подумал, а может всё же что-то другое стоило? Но, переслушав, пришёл к выводу, что пусть будет. Главной проблемой пластинки остаётся доминация песен Ким Гордон, которые проигрываю пацанским темам по всем фронтам. Но всё же при этом здесь собраны одни из лучших песен Гордон, поэтому ну хуй с ним, видно шо старалась. Ну а остальное — это ж праздник вообще. Theresa's Sound-World, Sugar Kane, Youth Against Fascism (где кстати отметился игрой на гитарке сам Ян Маккей из Фугази), Chapel Hill и Purr (последние две войдут, вероятно, в десятку любимых песен СЮ) — всё заебись, в меру экспериментально, в меру шумно (ну этож нойз-рок в конце концов), в меру мелодично и попсово. Не идеальный альбом, но очень крепкий и обладающий потенциалом на переслушку. 9/10
An excellent noise record. Sonic Youth is one of the great noise bands without a doubt
Not as strong as Goo, but the second strongest from them so far, far surpassing Daydream Nation. It is good, if a little overrated.
This is the sound Ive needing for a while. I like the energy and the power that comes form almost every single song.
<3 top 3: "Sugar Kane", "Creme Brulee" y "Drunken Butterfly" <3 <3 10/10
I was a casual Sonic Youth fan before listening to this. Like, loved pretty much everything I've heard and always intended to dive in deeper, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. This album assignment was the push I needed to finally do that. Now. In my defense, I was very stoned before i hit the play button. But I immediately purchased a Dirty vinyl after one listen. Anyway, to sum up my thoughts, I'm an alt-rock girl at heart (maybe tied with pop at this point for my favorite genre), and listening to this was like letting my angsty soul have a nice long rest at home. Oh, also, as an avid crocheter, I will definitely be creating my own little orange alien to sit on the shelf next to the album.
The albums on this site have brought me to love Sonic Youth. This album is not exception.
Love the 90’s
On other list. Great album.
One of the best Sonic Youth albums
Loved this, missed til now, sonic excellence.
I like it. The alternating singers and the great variety of riffs and sounds make this a great listen. Didn't listen too closely to the lyrics, but they all felt very centered towards an idea, and I like that a lot.
bello punkettone e rumoroso come piace a me, nonostante questo melodico. belle le voci e creativi i motivi. Elettronica e chitarra con effetti. molto vario (diverso da varissimo) anche come emozioni anche se tutte sfumature di greve
I love this album. A great mix of noise aggression and melody - lots of crazy experimentation but also very accessible and some lovely dreamscape tracks.
Fun Vibe, Good album
Hadn't really listened to Sonic Youth, but this album rocks. The guitar parts are crazy rock and the distortion and tones make it amazing.
raw and rich
Unfortunately, wasn't very impressed by Sonic Youth here. Listened to the majority of the album, but it just didn't get me. I can't bear to rank punk stuff super low, but just not a sticker for me.
bedroom vibes very epic i like this
Often quite thrilling.
I enjoyed this album
Noise/alt rock with some elements of no-wave. Hella takes a lot of influence from this band. 8/10, give me more noise.
"I'm so happy we're just friends" Wow vaya broche
Muy suyos. Sonido crudo y grunge.
Good surprise... nice alternative rock
This rewarded my patience I wish I had more to give
Wel stevige maar goede rock
Hoge score vooral vanuit jeugdsentiment. Aantal (Thurston Moore) nummers zijn briljant, maar nu ik het hele album na lange tijd weer eens helemaal luister valt het me op hoe vervelend ik de "zang" van Kim Gordon eigenlijk vind. En in mijn herinnering zong zij maar een paar nummers maar zeker de helft heeft haar gekras. Leidt enorm af van de muziek en maakt het zelfs dat ik de 'mythische status' die ik aan dit album had gegeven moet intrekken.
No está mal
Oké rockplaat, de afwisseling tussen de lead-vocalists is wel interessant.
Альбом, к которому вряд ли захочу возвращаться, но в котором, ладно, вроде что-то есть. Немало какого-то душного шума, в котором ни эстетики, ни драйва, но когда к этому добавляются оригинальные вокальные партии и композиционные решения - вроде интересно. Сильнее всего для себя выделил трек Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit. Sugar Kane, On The Strip, Сhapel Hill вполне интересны, Nic Fit навивает ностальгические нотки летовского проекта Коммунизм. В общем, умом понимаю, что нормальное музло вроде бы, но по эмоциям не особо отбивается и даже душит порой.
Not sure if it’s my favorite album of theirs, but solid.
Incredibly discordant but it really does work. I don't understand music
Album Song Ranking: Theresa's Sound-World Youth Against Fascism Sugar Kane Swimsuit Issue JC Wish Fulfillment Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit (H.M.) Creme Brulee Purr On The Strip Shoot Chapel Hill 100% Nic Fit Drunken Butterfly
Liked it, noisy but a good recording
Hostia tremendo sample en la intro Me gusta bastante en verdad, algo anticuado pero nunca pensé que sonic youth me gustaría Guapísimo, mejor las partes más Punk que las partes suavecitas Esos distorrrrrrttts Vale se me está haciendo pelin largo
We're on a '90's kick here. Before I listened to this album, the most I'd ever gotten into Sonic Youth was their quite overrated version of "Superstar". This was better than I expected. Much better than their attempt at "Superstar" for certain. Realizing now as someone who DJ'd at my campus alternative radio station from 1991-93, I let a lot of good music slip by me. There's a song on here (Drunken Butterfly) that apparently takes its lyrics from Heart song titles and lyrics. This album just flat out works as a whole. Kept listening to more Sonic Youth via Spotify after this album ended. Giving it another listen to avow my love, and to ensure it deserves the title of most surprising (or most out of left field) 5. I also just discovered there are FIVE Sonic Youth albums on this list. Seems high. As far as Dirty is concerned, it's the most surprising 4 so far. I'm still not sure what "noise rock" is, but if that's how you describe Sonic Youth, no one does that genre better.
My favourite noise rock band. Sonic Youth goes a *little* mainstream due to grunge wrapping itself around their sound and style. Kim Gordon’s growly vocals show huge influence over Courtney Love’s Hole persona. Killer record. I sure miss these guys.
Awkward, angular, aggressive. This is a really cool listen if you enjoy dirty bass, screeching guitars and wailing vocals.
Not as consistent or unique as some of their other albums, but still excellent. Kim Gordon in particular really shines on this one. On the higher end of 4.
3 Likes: 100%- that howling feedback throughout the song Theresa's Soundworld- VU vibes Shoot- Seductive Sugar Kane Chapel Hill- great catchy, upbeat 90s intro, lots of changes, amazing heavy middle section 3 Strikes: Wish Fulfilment Orange Rolls, Angel Spit JC Listen Again? Yes- I enjoyed parts of this a lot! It was uneven in places but a lot more enjoyable than Daydream Nation- tighter song structures, pop gems hidden underneath all the noise, reminded me of where Velvet Underground could have gone. Some spoken word-y sections lost me (JC, for example) but overall a solid listen. Just scrapes 4*.
Another excellent Sonic Youth entry. Still abrasive and signature noise rock, but it's lighter and more accessible than prior entries. Lots of tracks are still post-punk in nature, while others are clearly influenced by the growing grunge movement. I absolutely love their sound, and here it's the most melodic of their "noisy" albums. Most songs are at least great. As usual, my favorite songs tend to be where Thurston is the vocalist. "Sugar Kane" is for fans of "Teenage Riot," and is probably their poppiest. I love the constant noise shifts in that song. "Theresa's Sound-World" is another song I really like, and it best demonstrates their grunge influence. I feel like the album picks up from "On the Strip," which alone is my favorite Gordon song. The rest of the album feels mellower and poppier: songs you could sing along to and rock out to the noise. I felt like the "Purr" would have been a better closing track than "Creme Brulee." Although not as coherent as prior albums, it still retains the characteristics that had made Sonic Youth stand out for so many years, influencing alt rock for years to come.
banger do bangera al sredina krene malo smarat
something a bit different, overall enjoyed
Beautiful noise for the counterculture. Out of tune guitars and flat vocals still provide punchy, noise driven, hard hitting rock and roll to get the mind thinking of rebellion. Highlight tracks: 4, 5, 12, 14 (and more)
Delightful. First SY album for me. I love the sound, and I wonder why I never bumped into this in the 90's or slightly later when I had my grunge phase. It drags on a tiiiny bit, I suppose. Some imbalance in the material. But I forgive it all.
Well shit, I feel like I don't need to listen to this one, but of course I will. Guess I didn't listen to the whole thing as much as I thought when I was in grade 12. Still the first album I know of that put a secret picture behind the cd case.
You get exactly what they told you: a dirty sounding record, musically. The people writing it off as loud noises owe it a few more listens to appreciate the layers of complexity. It rules, it flies in the face of every commercial instinct other bands at this time followed.
Pola po sjećanju
Volim Sonic Youth, i stvarno su mi među dražima, ali ovaj album nikako da mi dođe na bolju stranu njihovih albuma. Ovo je baš onako na međi, na sredini gdje nije ni loše, a nije ni toliko dobro da bi išlo više od trojke. Možda sam iskreno trebao i prošlom albumu dati trojku ipak (New Order - Low-Life, jebiga, ne mog sad to vratiti). Volim njihovu agresiju, i što su mnogi artisti od njih pokupili zvuk i probali nešto drugačije, pa će uvijek SY imat rispekt u glazbenoj industriji, a pogotovo u ovom žanru. I uvijek mi se sviđao ovaj cover, htio sam ga na majicu, bit će jednog dana, vjerujem. Solidan album, ali nije pokazao nekakav razvitak od prijašnjih albuma (Sister, EVOL, Goo, Daydream Nation) to name a few. EDIT: na drugom slušanju opet mi je album bolje lego, stvarno je. Low-Life od New Ordera je dobio 4, a on je zapravo trebo dobiti 3, a ovaj album ovaku zvijezdu koju sam sad lupio. Favoritne: 100%, Theresa's Sound-World, Sugar Kane, Chapel Hill.
The contrast between the roughness of the guitar and the vocals and the more raspy, soft tracks is so euphoric. "Chapel Hill" and "Drunken Butterfly" are especially beautiful!
Like it not ready to love it
This is really good as Sonic Youth albums go, certainly their most polished and accessible one that I've heard. It was easier on the ears for sure, but I do miss the grit and musical risk taking of the earlier albums. The vocals also seem a little shakier to me, especially Kim Gordon's. All that said, I'm still giving this a 4. Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo can bend, twist and grind a note like nobody's business and Sonic Youth is never not interesting. Fave Songs: Purr, Chapel Hill, Sugar Kane, JC, 100%, Youth Against Fascism
I really like Sonic Youth and this is their most accessible I think. It was a bit of a changeover from their earlier albums, and it sounded a bit more clean, especially with the production. It's an album I can still listen to on repeat. Not a masterpiece, but just great noisy rock 'n' roll
Listenable punk....not that that's a bad thing at all. The first time I ever heard these guys was when I saw them playing Bogarts in Cincinnati. This is a good album that sounds even better live.
I wasn't familiar with this specific album, good noise-music, enjoyed it.
Dirty sounds and vibes, but pure emotion.
Love this album. They’re not the greatest songs, but it exemplifies a time and place in guitar music
So hardcore. Almost too hardcore. Daydream Nation is a perfect album but I think this isnt that. Nothing to latch onto. Still Beautifully hardcore. 8.7/10
Pretty good. Some absolute bangers but a lot of it seemed to fade into the background
The grunge/shoegaze bits I like; the screamy/emo bits not so much.
I will have to give this one another listen. I liked several of the grungier songs, but there's also some noise-rock to contend with. Not nearly as bad a listening experience as I remember this being 30 years ago.
Personally, I prefer the more dreamy, less grungy sound of Sonic Youth but it doesn't mean Dirty is not a good album.
My only real memories of Sonic Youth are listening to Goo, and watching Cool Thing's video a lot. Definitely need to put more Sonic Youth into my musical diet.
I'm ashamed to admit that I've only been actively listening to Sonic Youth for less than a year even though they're from my generation. Looking back, I wouldn't have appreciated them as much as I do now. Drunken Butterfly is my favorite off this album. I'm glad I finally added them into my rotation. Great 90s alt rock.
Nice guitar sound
My only familiarity of Sonic Youth is Kool Thing via Guitar Hero. I didn’t particularly like that song, but it’s not on this album so no need to worry. Let’s see how we go with a full album and if I become a fan! Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Wish Fulfilment, Sugar Kane, Purr I was quite impressed with this. I’m somewhat unfamiliar with noise rock as a sub-genre of rock so it was quite different to what I’m used to, but it was certainly interesting! Youth Against Fascism shows excellent use of guitar to simply make noise, but (no so simply) without being grating. The distortion on the bass guitar is perfection throughout. The vocals aren’t amazing, but it would likely be too jarring if they were - the style suits the genre very well. Overall, I surprisingly enjoyed this and didn’t particularly expect to.
Good album and will listen again
The least sucky sonic youth album on the list so far.
Sonic Youth will always hold a special place in my heart.
no songs stuck with me but this album cover tho, i wanna make this doll
Some fun and energetic instrumentals, but I was not a fan of the vocals on many of the tracks
Damn it all my commentary is an album off.
Sonic Youth is hit or miss for me. This one's on the better side in my opinion but suffers from being an hour long. Maybe cut it back a bit gang?
Early 90’s rock just hits different. Very grunge-y, love the songs where Kim Gordon sings. I will say a lot of these songs sound very similar
I thought it was a good album, there were some songs that weren't good at all, but most are enjoyable
This is a very nice album, but I didn't listen to its entirety
Their stuff is always hit or miss with me.
I quite enjoyed it, 3.5
Nothing hooked me
cool album cover. cool drums. cool song names. the female vocals were better than the male ones. coo coo
Not my style, so hard to judge. Liked this *way* more than their other album though. I would actually do this one again on my own.
twas pretty good
I like SY and their flavour of noise grunge, but this album just went on a bit too long. Great distorted noise and kim gordon wailing, but also lots of filler and I was kind of waiting for the album to be over.
It was fine? I liked some more than others but got tired of it.
Not a big fan of their vocals...
Pa quien le guste
I can see the place in history, but not that interesting to me right now
Vette plaat, maar moet dit nog wel een paar keer luisteren.
Will listen again
Some v good tunes but a lot of crap there too
Not the usual violent ear sodomy from SY
Je commence à en avoir ras le cul de vos albums sans aucune saveur que personne ne connait
Bouncy, aggro punk awesomeness.
some good tracks on here. not a big fan of the female vocalist unfortunately
Kinda cool, not exactly my thing.
There were a few standout songs that I really enjoyed and a few that I was left confused and not understanding. Overall a good album though.
Heard a bit about Sonic Youth growing up but never got the chance to listen to any of their stuff. This album fits in with the timeline of the grunge movement of the early 90's. Lots of long guitar shredding solos midway though songs, presumably to help the headbanging movement. Lots of socio-political references to the era of the album. Best: Sugar Kane, Youth Against Fascism, Swimsuit Issue Worst: Chapel Hill, JC, Purr
Pienso en como muchos temas con tremendo wall of sound tienen partitura de guitarra o que lee Renaldo le va zurrando de diferente manera en cada concierto donde la tocaban. Theresa sound world tema fav por ahora super viaje. En realidad live deberias de caerte de culo. ¿Mis temas favoritos? Los que canta Kim Muy guay para escuchar con cascos la mezcla juega con los paneos en muchos pasajes con los ambientes que crean las guitarras ¿Sugar kane? Canción sobre lo guay q es comerse un poglion
Really wish the vocals had been solely left to Kim. For instance, Thurston doing his best Malkmus vocal impression and singing about slimy men in "100%" is nowhere near as engaging as Kim singing about the same topic one song later in "Swimsuit Issue". The instrumental sections on "Theresa's Sound-World" are a highlight, especially Shelley's drumming--it's a 5 1/2 min song that never tires. "Drunken Butterfly" anchors this to the grunge era but I think it coulda been left off the album. "Sugar Kane" might be a bit divisive but I think it adds a bit of energy to an album that was loosing a bit of steam. "Youth Against..." is a fun little bop as is the Untouchables cover "Nic Fit". What ever happened to slamming a cover song in the middle of an album? I might be doing this album dirty (ba-dum-tiss) but there's NO half-stars in the rate. ⭐⭐⭐
The album sounds a lot like it’s title, dirty. I am here for it, if you’re in the right mood the messy loud noise penetrates the ear holes just right. Great album, although personally I much prefer the songs that have Kim Gordon on vocals. Highlights : swimsuit issue, shoot.
Good early alt. band.
First time with Sonic Youth. I probably would have loved a lot of these tracks in high school. 3.3.
These guys were doing grunge before anyone knew what grunge was. With the exception of Youth Against Fascism, one of my favorite SY songs, this is not my favorite SY album. I’d put Daydream Nation, Master-Dik, Goo, Sister, and maybe even others ahead.
I’ve never listened to this album in full before. Seems like a precursor to a lot of rock that came after.
Second Listen. Still enjoying it second time around 3/5.
Not my thing but well made
Bit loud and nonsensical in part. Decent grungy rock. Purr is a nice punchy banger.
Really good stuff. Sometimes the vocals can get very off and sound wrong, but still its so crazy and filled with energy so it doesen't really matter, and even enhances the music. The instrumental sections are fucking great though. The tempo changes on "Chapel Hill" are awesome. 3.5
SY is a very talented band. They might fall into the category of respect more than like, though for me.
A raging and raw album that floats between calm focus and chaos bursting at the seams (check out the tracks "Shoot", "Wish Fulfillment" and "JC" to see what I'm talking about). The parallel lyrical themes of mourning and female harassment/exploitation ground the album with a weight of meaning that either puts you off or pulls you in. For me, I appreciate their willingness to be honest and I think the album endures because of it.
Never listened to Sonic Youth before, and while it wasn't necessarily for me I did like it more than I expected. I liked 100%, Sugar Kane and Wish Fulfillment
I'm not a fan of grunge but Sonic Youth's take on grunge is better than what was coming out of Seattle in the early 90s IMO. This album hits you with the a wall of sound in spots, eg Orange Rolls and Theresa's Sound-World and they really punk out with Nic Fit. I see they used 3, count 'em 3 guitars and it shows. Sugar Kane is the best song on this album IMO but it's not quite up there with Kool Thing or Teenage Riot. This is a decent effort from the yutes though.
Wow, those noise guitar intros! I think there are more songs I like on this LP than Goo, but there are more songs in general. Now that I'm a grind core aficionado, I can better appreciate Nic Fit (all 59 seconds of it). I'm between a 3 and a 4.
That was good early 90s heavy guitar oriented attitude
this sounded about what I thought it would. punky and fuzzy. It was fine and not too long.
Con ellos empezó todo. Aquí hay canciones muy buenas pero en general el disco se hace un poco cuesta arriba. Pero vamos aunque solo le voy a 3 estrellas *** creo que es imprescindible. Canciones como: 100%, Drunken butterfly, Purr y sobre todo Sugar Kane.
Decent enough background music
I actually knew this album from when it was released and had forgotten it. Yes, it does work better than the very experimental noisy earlier albums. A comfortable 3.
Big indie icon in my college radio days. I don't hate this but the music is just straight ahead rock with a vocal style I'm sick of.
Okay...It's better, though not as good as the first albums. (6/10) FT: Sugar Kane
Some good tracks. Others not too bad. Influential for sure
Just like the last sonic youth album I got, I thought this was good but wasn’t super memorable. The mood is what stuck with me the most especially on tracks like shoot
I've listened to it three times within weeks and still don't get it.
I had heard some of these tracks before -- I remember liking "100%" when it was released -- but had not heard the whole album. It's as noisy, chaotic, and at times incredibly grating as I thought it would be, and none of those terms are meant in their negative senses. This interested me even though I don't usually listen to this style of music. Good stuff.
A bit of a samesie alternative rock album. Not bad, but nothing ground breaking!
I dont have time for another listen, i think a few more may bump this up.
3.8 - More an album I admire than enjoy. The guitar sounds create a boundless landscape, harnessing feedback, hollow arpeggiation, scratchy power chords and gritty noise. By themselves, the guitars make this album a compelling listen. The songs themselves, on the other hand, leave me cold. The lyrics convey dry cynicism and a snarky affect, especially when Kim Deal sings on "Drunken Butterfly."
Mixed feelings about the album. 'Theresa's Sound-World' was a really enjoyable track as it had a bit of craftmanship in the arrangement which meant it had some dynamics, contrast and a decent melody (and vocal). Another decent track for similar reasons was the creepy sounding 'Shoot'. I do like bands who experiment with guitar sounds but some of the tracks were just guitar noises with annoying vocals which made me want to skip to the next track. It's interesting to compare this directly to the Nirvana Nevermind album recorded at roughly the same time; both had the same production team of Butch Vig and Andy Wallace and sound similar but the Nevermind album is so much more interesting and listenable (to my ears).
Challenging. I don’t know how to rate this. I’ve never gotten into sonic youth, and the vocals here were actively, purposefully antagonizing me. If we’re going atonal I want angrier, louder, more aggressive vocals than what they offer. However, there was something undeniably compelling about the back and forth between pure noise, grunge riffs, punk, and the occasional burst of melody, and I got through the whole album having hit some weird understanding with it. Not sure I’m going to return to it though.
I bought this when it came out and didn't get in to it then. I'm still struggling now.
This was okay. I didn’t dislike it but none of the songs stood out to me. It was very much a product of its time and I was never a big early 90s grunge fan.
C'est vraiment le concept de Sonic Youth. Il y a beaucoup de sonic. CA s'écoute bien pour une partie. L'autre est dure à digérer parfois. C'Est mon troisième album de sonic youth et je comprend le vibe du groupe un peu plus. Je dirais que j'ai préféré à Goo qui était mon mieux noté de ce band donc j'y vais avec un 3.5
As always SY deliver but short of my fave.
I had a hard time with some of the tracks but others were fine. Barely a 3/5
It was good but nothing stood out for me.
I can appreciate it but the sounds are just not my favorite.
Like most Sonic Youth albums, this one never fully coalesces as a whole for me. The tracks are mostly enjoyable, containing the usual noise-rock mixture the band is famous for, but at a certain point it feels more like a semi-related playlist than a fully-realized LP.
Un bon album, pas un qui m'a vraiment impressionné, mais je vois clairement sa pertinence dans ce palmarès. On entend tellement le son alternatif typique du début des années 90 qui a aidé a forgé la scène à venir.
A grab bag does not a great double album make. That said, all the music material on Dirty is pretty good Sonic Youth. The album is less spiky, though still full of noise and with its affect dependent on the person currently on vocal duty. Accessibility grows, and I'm not sure whether to point out at the sequencing or in at the listener. The lyrics deserve lowlighting as underbaked, unfortunately.
Good album, the production and the title perfectly match. The whole thing has a very dirty feeling to it. The band seems to really understand their own sound and what they want to be. Stray guitar sounds, feedback, and peaking of the microphones all happen many times within the record. Very cool overall and very cathartic. Although in my own opinion the record did seem to drag a bit and I felt it could do without a couple of songs. Favorite Track: Chapel Hill Least Favorite Track: Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit
Is it missing some hits? Playing this a couple of times. Keep thinking I’ve missed it , but nothing memorable. Cover art: please say no one was trying too hard for this
Good music but just not for me
Not a big fan of the noise-rock thing. I like some of their more accessible songs. 3 stars.
Not THE sonic album but still a blast from the past
Man, I really liked some of these songs-
Sort of rock. Sort of heavy metal without the lead guitars. Sort of punk. Not bad, just not great either. Not something I'm ever likely to listen to again.
An acquired taste to be sure. If you're in the mood for the occasionally great melody smothered in feedback and no wave burbling then this is for year. Difficult music for men with glasses to obsess over, take over the stereo and clear a dance floor with and to name drop archly at parties... if they get invited to parties that is. Best Tracks: 100%; Wish Fulfilment; Sugar Kane
It’s like every time they get something interesting going they feel the need to throw in something avant garde so people know they’re still cool
All that angst
Grunge, alternativ rock, guitar tungt
Not a big fan of the voice
Shitty sound with female vocals. No.
Not a fan of this... grungy and different, but not my favorite.
Man we are getting all the Sonic Youth these days. Again, the guys vocals are not my thing and that again was the first thing that struck me on the first track. Production clarity has definitely gone up, for better or worse. I kind of hated the female "I love you I love you I love you" on Drunken Butterfly. Live and super loud is how I'd like this music for the most part. Yeah overall I dislike this album the most of Sonic Youth. It's very middle-school-feelings. Looks like Tom listened to the Deluxe Version, even the normal versions too long for me here. I mean, I like doom and gloom and this isn't their best work, for sure. The best track is "Sugar Kane", and you know I don't like the guys voice really.
Struggled with that one.
guitar and people shouting meh
Sonic Youth can be so consistently gloom-and-doom, it's hard for me to stomach for long periods of time, and this album did not provide much relief track to track. I was not compelled to listen to any of the bonus tracks, I was ready to move on.
This is Soundthony Badtano, bringing you another Not Good review. Come at me, Sonic Youth fans
headache in form of music
Two Days in a row? Must be about 1001 to 2 chance! This album isn't as good and I wasn't the biggest fan of that other one to be honest. Better than Joni Mitchell though. 2/5
Not for me
Ambetant begin. Iets beter tegen het midden, maar het einde kon weer niet overtuigen.
Probably their most accessible album for me - Sugar Kane and a couple of others are decent but not much else going for it
A decent amount of good riffs and tunes hampered by a shite vocalist and too many vocal lines that sound pre-recorded and pasted over whatever blank track spun up on their 4 track.
It's just okay. Better than some of their other shite.
not into it :(
album art scared me a little bit! liking it just fine so far. his voice is okay, music is okay, lyrics are okay, saved this first song. theyre no going that hard but it suits them. short song, okay, barely noticed the transition into the next one. ok are they singing from a female perspective? omg it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize there was a woman singing too asjdlaksjd sadly i can never really get into this type of music. doesnt sound bad or anything (except for nic fit) buuut idk. cant get into it.
Never really listened to Sonic Youth before. This album was solid, definitely hear the pre-grunge influences. It felt long and a bit disjointed though, a little difficult to get all the way through.