Dirty (studio album) by Sonic Youth

Dirty by Sonic Youth
Year: 1992
Overall rank: 815th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 522 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1992 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (155th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (815th)
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Sonic Youth bestography

Dirty is ranked 5th best out of 35 albums by Sonic Youth on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Sonic Youth is Daydream Nation which is ranked number 71 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,306.

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78/100 (from 522 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.3/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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75/100
From 11/09/2022 13:59
A bit of an up and down album in terms of quality as the best songs are scattered amongst quite a bit of filler but they do a great job in maintaining their style and atmosphere. Due to this the record feels very cohesive and so it is quite easy to just glide right through this record. The guitars are great as well and they always sound so unique on a Sonic Youth album and it is no different on this one. That edgy sound they create is fantastic also and it really separates them from the other artists in the genre. Overall, some classic Sonic Youth songs on here, such as Sugar Kane, but there is also quite a lot you can skip as it doesn't provide much for the record in terms of making it better.
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From 03/08/2022 12:14
Sonic and noisy. Not my sound, but undeniable this has some genial values.
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From 07/01/2021 23:31
Quality album. Sugar Kane is the real highlight, but Swimsuit Issue, Theresa's Sound World, Purr and JC are strong. too.
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From 03/09/2021 20:36
One of my favorite SY albums not in the least because it has some of the best tracks of them: Chapel Hill. But that's not all: also 100%, Sugar Kane and Purr are amongst my all-time favorites and just behind are Youth Against Fascism and Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit.
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From 11/28/2020 17:16
One of their weakest albums, although it's still good in some parts. This is the one album where Thurston and Lee's songs are better than Kim's. favorite song is Theresa's sound world
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From 02/18/2018 19:12
Che i maestri Sonic Youth passassero alla cassa visto il successo ottenuto dagli allievi Nirvana era sacrosanto; lo fanno anche con classe, con lucidità e senza svendersi e quindi "Dirty" rimane uno dei titoli più preziosi della loro discografia. La loro solita furia ed il loro rumorismo sono solamente più imbrigliati rispetto al passato e più inscatolati in una forma canzone un po' più rigida del solito e così ne escono capolavori quali "Sugar Kane" o "Youth against fascism".
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From 11/04/2017 05:16
Best Tracks: Genetic, 100%
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From 10/28/2017 03:14
Definitely their best record from the 90s. they ditched long songs to make shorter more pop friendly songs. I mean this album could've been a huge hit if their label chose better songs for singles. not to say the songs they chose were bad, just not as radio friendly as other songs (singles were:100%, Sugar Kane, YAF, Drunken Butterfly, Chapel Hill and Purr would've been much better than YAF and Drunken Butterfly). That being said, all the songs on this album is really good with the exception of Nic Fit. Butch Vig was stupid to say Nic Fit should've been on the record rather than Genetic, Hendrix Necro, and Stalker. But still one of their best albums even with that major flaw.

Favorite Tracks: 100%, Theresa's Sound World, Wish Fulfillment, Sugar Kane, Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit, On the Strip, Purr
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From 08/31/2016 18:30
I think I'm in the minority, but I like alt-rock darlings Sonic Youth best when they are at least somewhat accessible, and when they record things that sound at least a little bit like songs. Which is why I prefer Dirty to, say, Daydream Nation. Here Thurston Moore's whirling, swirling guitars layered over Steve Shelley's pounding drumming makes most sense to me, since it's all in the context of songs that strain at the seams of conventional song structures, but never quite implode altogether. This is also the album where Kim Gordon's contributions ring most true, as she challenges stereotypes and expectations about women who rock in ways that are both compelling and vaguely threatening. "Wish Fulfillment" is a great song because it depicts alienation and disaffectation in a way that is so messy and distorted that it feels quintessentially human.
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Best Albums of 1992
1. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
2. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
3. Dirt by Alice In Chains
4. Slanted And Enchanted by Pavement
5. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
6. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
7. Angel Dust by Faith No More
8. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
9. Down Colorful Hill by Red House Painters
10. Images And Words by Dream Theater
11. Wish by The Cure
12. Core by Stone Temple Pilots
13. Dirty by Sonic Youth
14. Bone Machine by Tom Waits
15. Vulgar Display Of Power by Pantera
16. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
17. Harvest Moon by Neil Young
18. Copper Blue by Sugar
19. The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion by The Black Crowes
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