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by devilsadvocate
May 20, 2014

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I hadn't played Dirty Work in many years! As a matter of fact, the last time I played it I think the year started with 199_, maybe even 198_. So I figured it was time to give it another chance. Some things can age unexpectedly well. But not this!!! It didn't take me long to realize why I hadn't played that one in such a long time. Boy is this bad! Not only do most of the songs suck, but this album contains what has to be Mick Jagger's most horrible vocal work ever! He obviously didn't want to be in the studio recording with the Stones for this album and .I wonder what he thinks of his work today.. that is, IF he thinks of it at all!

Here is my song-by-song review:

"One Hit (To The Body)": This is listenable. But why have the brackets in the title? Why not call it just "One Hit", or else "One Hit To The Body"? The brackets look pretentious, Ronnie! And when you're putting out your worst album ever, pretentious really doesn't come across well. "Fight": This one sucks. "Harlem Shuffle": A listenable tune. On almost any other album, it would be among my least favorite tunes. On this one, it's almost my favorite. That says a lot. "Hold Back": Why didn't they hold back from recording this one? An unlistenable mish-mash in line for the Worst Stones Song Ever award! "Too Rude": Fake reggae tune. OK as background music if you're vacuuming."Winning Ugly": A listenable tune, see "Harlem Shuffle". "Back To Zero": Another "Worst Stones Song Ever" award contender. Dirty Work": Listenable. It's bitterly ironic that Ronnie Wood gets his name as co-writer on this one but not on the immensely, infinitely superior IORR" tune. Life isn't always fair (and neither are the GTs). "Had It With You": Not bad, but about a minute too long even though it's one of the shortest songs on the album. It starts off sounding somewhat like something they could have recorded in 1964, but then Mick's grating vocals kind of ruin the effect. Sleep Tonight". This Keith Richard ballad is, quite frankly, painful to listen to. It goes nowhere much too slowly and takes about three minutes too many to get there. Keith's voice is really starting to show the strain of too many years of smoking, boozing and dope taking. Compare his vocal work on "Coming Down Again" with what he does here: it speaks volumes. Piano Instrumental (it has no title and is unaccredited on the album, yet it's the only real winner on this one! Why give us only 32 seconds of this delightful piano boogie by Ian Stu" Stewart ? RIP Stu!

To listen to some sound clips from DIRTY WORK or to buy it click here: Dirty Work [Reissue]

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by drinkn&dancn
April 6, 2012
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My dear god, you mean I have to rate this album at least one tongue? I rather give it none at all, that's how bad this LP is! I really have tried to give Dirty Work a chance, be it many years ago, but it was hopeless, there is just nothing good about this album in any way that I look at it. The cover of "Harlem Shuffle" is the closest thing to being close to good, but still it isn't anything special and is lacking. Some of the worst songs ever recorded by the Rolling Stones are found on here, including the album's title cut, which is just plain awful! Keith Richard's "Sleep Tonight" was more than likely the very first song where he sang lead on whee most of us realized his singing voice was slowly fading away. 

I could go on and on why this album sucks so bad, but I am a big Stones fan so I will not do that. I figure all bands are going to put out one bad LP if they last long enough, and this was the one for the Stones. I believe that this band couldn't release another one as bad as Dirty Work even if they tried to do just that.

by Stynch
January 19, 2012
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Often considered the "worst Stones album ever," Dirty Work is a jumbled mess of hard rock, fast pace songs, scratchy guitar, nonsense lyrics, pounding drums, and the terrible 80's production. However, due to the theme of the album, all of the above work perfectly with the content. This album is all about anger, violence, and hate: dirty work. It reflects the band's status at the time: Mick and Keith's infamous feud, Charlie Watts addiction to heroin, Ian 'Stu' Stewart's death, and fate of the band's future hanging by a piece of string. It is the exact same as how Exile On Main Street reflected their exile out of England and into France, how Some Girls reflected their comeback using the punk/disco scene, and how Beggar's Banquet reflected their return to the roots and out of the psychedelic era. So what makes Dirty Work any different?       

The album effectively uses the harsh sounding mess to create its angry atmosphere. It is supposed to be ugly; tell me, when do you ever see feuds or fights that are clean, melodic, and neat? Dirty Work creates each song as a feud in itself. "One Hit (to the Body)" is the first great example because it's a hard rocking song that automatically creates the angry atmosphere. The electric guitars represent the power of each hit and the acoustic guitar represents the contrast between the two combatants (Mick and Keith, in this case Mick representing the weaker "acoustic" side). The hard hits of the drums energize the mood and make you cringe with negative energy. Fight has some chicken-scratch sounding guitars, but that parallels the quick hits of each punch. When someone is angry, they aren't thinking... it's all instinct and first senses. The guitars aren't trying to make intricate solos and Mick Taylor style melodies because it wouldn't fit in with the context of the song. They are fighting, so it's going to sound ugly... mission accomplished. "Hold Back", "Had It with You" (a VERY underrated song, by the way), and "Dirty Work" do the exact same kind of thing. Jagger's harsh sounding voice really helps the listener hear the anger and the lyrics match the instinctive fighting. "Harlem Shuffle" is a great cover, here we take a quick break from the violence, but you can still hear that angry atmosphere in the song. "Winning Ugly" and "Back to Zero" are actually pretty good political songs that show that the anger can be written instead of heard through the music and sound. Perhaps they kept the anger in the lyrics to show the sophistication one must use in order to lash against politics instead of your own bandmates? "Too Rude" and "Sleep Tonight "are the easier songs in the album, they end each side, and they are both sung by Keith. Keith wanted this feud to end and to make peace, so I think it is great to have each side end with his easier songs. They show that after all of the violence and anger, there still is a voice of reason. All in all, Dirty Work is a very effective album- creating the violent atmosphere
with its messy sounds, lyrics, and production. It's fast, harsh, and hard-rocking... just how I like my Stones.

by the Common Foot Soldier
November 30, 2009
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I love the Stones in so many different ways, but I hate this album! It is just so bad. There isn't one song on here that I like, including that one cover, which some fans overrated. I think my fellow fans overrated "Harlem Shuffle" simply because they felt they had to say something nice about the album. But that song is nothing more than the best of the worst. I would give it maybe a 5 at best, going by Keno's song rating scale page, which I just checked out. Mick Jagger is the main reason this album sucks, he was too busy with his solo albums when this was recorded, and it shows!

September 27, 2003
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I wish they had cranked up Jimmy Page's solo in ONE HIT TO THE BODY. It's buried in the mix. Why? ONE HIT reprises their GIMME SHELTER sound, and the chord progression, is like GIMME SHELTER or STAIRWAY. Page excels in soloing over that progression, so they should have let him turn it up, the way the solos are on BLACK AND BLUE or something.

Before this came out, Keith was saying this would be their hardest album since Exile, and in some respects, he's right, although I'd have to give that to either SOME GIRLS or UNDERCOVER. Still, there are some heavy songs, like FIGHT and HOLD BACK, but they aren't enjoyable to listen to particularly..

The best song on here is SLEEP TONIGHT, Keith's ballad. Jagger's HAD IT WITH YOU might be his best performance here with some naughty lyrics and a kick ass sax.

I like Keith's reggae song TOO RUDE, the ballad SLEEP TONIGHT to close it, the rocker ONE HIT which opens it, and HAD IT WITH YOU. HARLEM SHUFFLE has a clever little hook, but the vibe never materializes.

Here's the truth. Mick Jagger didn't even like EXILE. He's forever pulling the band towards popular trends. If swing bands were back in style, he'd hire out a big band. To some extent, this is good, but in the Stones case it hasn't really paid off at all. Actually, it paid off a couple times. The first time was when the current trend was towards guitar solos and guitar music, and we got their great string of albums. Then, towards the late 70s, the punk thing happened and it played to the group's strengths. But they're not good at 80s pop. You can't squeeze mud from an orange.

By Oklahoma Zeppelin
May 21, 2003
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Let's see, Mick's off doing his keep-up-with-Phil-Collins solo dance, and an angry Keith's running the studio, with drop-bys including Jimmy Page and Tom Waits -- this should've been a BRILLIANT, MEMORABLE album. Instead it's way off.

Keith's two vocals are worth having -- 'Too Rude' and 'Sleep Tonight' -- otherwise, you have to be mighty generous to give anything much credit. First single 'Harlem Shuffle' is manufactured and off kilter -- maybe it was the Paula Abdul-inspired video. Songs like 'Fight' and the title track feel like they were taken from half-hearted results of 'hey, press record, let's see what happens' experiments. The best of the Mick tracks is the barebone, bass-less 'Had It With You' -- and its terrific fall-apart bridge.

But big-time fans will need to pick up a $5 copy for Keith's 'Sleep Tonight' alone. Sparing percussive guitar, lulls in rhythm, piano-driven, softly sung, that extended 'BA-BY' break, and -- most tasty -- Charlie's disproportionate snare throughout. Not sure how Keith makes songs like this. Is it genius or plain luck?

By Peter van Ree
December14, 2002
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On Dirty Work you'll find the strongest opening song since 'Brown Sugar' ( 1971). The album moves on with some aggression in 'Fight', then it's slowing down with the soulful hit single 'Harlem Shuffle'. 'Hold Back' shows the listener, Mick's singing his ass off. Keith closes the first side with a nice reggae cover. The B-side of the album kick's ass. Story's about winning, losing, working, saying goodbye and sleeping, and all of the songs sound great. Keith and Ronnie take control and show Mick what a great band is all about. Only problem with this album is the bad promotion and that there was no tour. Just enjoy this album for what it is, a great rock album!

By T-roy
July18, 2002
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To all the naysayers who say this album is weak- I say you've lost your minds. Doesn't anyone want to hear a Stones album that rocks? Cause that's what Dirty Work does- kicks major butt. The opening of 'One Hit' lets us know that the Stones have returned. Mr. Richards and Mr. Wood have the two guitar attack down cold (or is it 4 or 5?) and Jagger's vocals are fiery and intense. What's with this consensus that Jagger's vocals are weak on this record? I defy anyone to listen to "Hold Back" where Jagger says "from the banks of the Delaware" or "For over 40 years" and tell me this guy is not giving it his all. Does he sing this forcefully on 'Brown Sugar'? No. 'Honky Tonk'? No. Go listen it to it now and see what I mean. "Fight", "Hold Back", "Dirty Work" all rock. The usual Keith slow numbers work- and the only clunkers are "Back to Zero" and "Winning Ugly" which sound like soundtrack cuts to a bad 80's flick like Flashdance. But hey- Mick's trendiness works sometimes (Some Girls punk) and doesn't on this one. But take away those and this album holds up well. The Stones have not made a record that rocks this hard before or after. The glossy digital sound of Steel Wheels (nothing on that album rocks except "Hat") would soon follow. And the Stones would soon lose their edge and join Eric Clapton and company- people who play acoustic versions of songs that used to rock at half speed ("Layla") For those of you who still remember what rock is about and what it was like to be young- this is your album. For any of you youngsters who think the Stones are old farts and don't get it, crank up track 1 2 or 3. Believe me - you'll get it.

By Soul Survivor
March 16, 2002
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A time of turmoil for the band is the reason of this album's failure. Keith said it was during this time the Stones were playing their best and maybe that's so, but on this album it doesn't show.When the sessions began in January of '85, Mick wasn't there. Instead he was working on his solo album titled She's The Boss. This left Keith Richards in a fury but he took over as the "leader" of the band. Then when Mick started working on the Stones album in March of '85, He entered the studio with no new material...he had used it all on his album. So I guess you can say this is a "Keith Richard's Album".But when you break everything's really not that good. Just admit it, even though it's the Stones they could have done alot better. And it shows on this album what Mick contributes to the band. Even though I like "One Hit To The Body", and "Too Rude" I think this album shouldn't have been released. I mean, the Stones knew Mick was recording his own album and that he had used all his best material on his album. They should have taken more time to come up with better stuff. This also might have prevented the "breakup" from '86 - '89 not to happen. And then when this album didn't do much Mick had decided his solo career was more important. Big Mistake! Both of his albums in the 80's bombed. And then Mr. Richard's released his album in '88 and blew Mick's out of the water.

This album isn't all that bad as some may put it as. But it's my least favorite as it is for many Stones fans. I'm just glad they got everything back together in '89.

By John Wallen
March 2, 2002
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By Alex Short
April 20, 2001
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God this is awful. The Stones sound like a true 80s band on this album. The album starts off with an average rocker graced by the presence of Jimmy Page, but that doesn't do "One Hit To The Body" any good whatsoever. It rocks, but not the way the real Stones rock. Then comes a bunch of awful songs. "Fight" Is this a Stones song? Well supposedly. Its awful. The whole album is terrible. Only two songs stick in my mind. They are firstly, "Back To Zero", with its 80s beat its so terrible it sticks in your head, and the only decent song "Sleep Tonight" At last some comfort. You certainly won't be getting any sleep after listening to this album. At the end of this waste of Vinyl or CD you have a thirty second homage to the late Ian Stewart. The man who stood by the Stones for some 24 years and was the only one with his head screwed on half the time. He was and still is missed.


By Fred London
March 19, 2001
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What can be said? All songs are composed and played on auto-pilot, yet all of us Stones fans know there is no such thing as an auto-pilot where the Stones are concerned. This album is an insult to the fans. It is embarrassing. This is probably what U2 calls "stuck in a moment you can't get out of". The Boys are unanimously demotivated. They can't seem to fight things out, no matter how hard they try on this aggressive album. The times are-a changin' and every one of them is busy setting his own course. This is not a band. This is a collection of unwillingly playing musicians. There is not even one song that a Stones fan wants to remember. It wasn't until 1989 that the individual boys recovered and found their paths crossing each other. This album goes down in history as the Worst Ever Made yet Best Sold. In The Stones we trusted, but something broke in us after we heard these Satanic Verses. Only funny thing about this album is the aforementioned gig: being able to sell such an incredible lot of shit to so many people. Mick Jagger for president!

By John
January 28, 2001
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This is often one of the most slagged Stones' albums. It is uneven, with a few killer songs and a few clunkers. 'One Hit To The Body' is pure Stones snarl with a tremendous opening riff. 'Fight' follows suit with Jagger half yelling the lyrics and everyone else pounding away. Some of the best drumming by Charlie Watts is on this album. Steve Lillywhite's influence, perhaps? The boys give "Harlem Shuffle" a great updated sound, it sounded great live in 1989. "Hold Back" has Jagger telling us to "...hear the voice of experience..." he's not kidding after so many years in the game. Now for the weaker efforts. "Too Rude" sounds like an outtake and appears aimless. "Back To Zero" and "Winning Ugly" sound like leftovers from Jagger's She's The Boss album with throwaway lyrics and too many female backup singers on "Winning Ugly". "Dirty Work" rocks, though the rapid- fire half spoken words in the middle seem to drag the song down somewhat. "Had It With You" is pure anger, which pretty much summed up the Jagger/Richards relationship at this time. "Sleep Tonight" is another of those slow Richards ballads. Given the tensions within the band its amazing they came out with anything at this point. Jagger was busy pushing his solo album and Richards and Wood were trying to keep things together. It is a very angry album (check out the song titles) that seemed to have Jagger on one side trying to sound eighties while Richards is trying to hold onto the bands roots. My main complaint with this one and what has unfortunately become a pattern since this album; too many session players, guests, etc. The Stones seem to put out their best stuff when it is just them without. Is Dirty Work worth a listen? Yes. Is it in their top ten albums? Nope.

By Matthias K├╗nzer
April 2, 2000
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Whereas Mick Jagger wanted to go punk when punk was fashionable and to go Micheal Jackson at Thriller times and to go Streetfightingman 1968, Keith Richards did this punk rock album containing soul songs (yaknow the original Harlem Shuffle? also great) in a pop package at a time when messianic U2 filled our ears with glue. Seems that the Stones are always best just before they almost split, same can be said about Beggars Banquet. Ah yes, bout the album itself. One Hit is a acoustic-electric masterpiece, destined for all guitar player in the world that find Brown Sugar too easy to play. Harlem Shuffle show that the Stones understood what is meant by Soul Music better than, say, Marvin Gaye, for whom it was merely a subdirectory of porn (savage in the sack).In Hold Back, Mick Jagger tells you how Stalin and Roosevelt got their jobs. Had It With You is for someone interested in band psychology: Jagger singing Richard's song in an old-fashioned Chuck-Berry manner, describing
how he, Richards, does not want to have to do anything with him, Jagger, anymore. Far better than Let It Bleed, which is an artsy fartsy product of the swinging sixties, containing embarrassing songs like Monkey Man, in which we hear Jagger's excuse for being too satanic ...

By christophoros
February 2, 2000
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I don' t want to be intolerant of other people, other opinions, but I also wonder: How could anybody give THIS a rating as good as 7.5? It nearly ended the Rolling Stones' career after the death of the "sixth Stone". Behind this album I couldn' t find any clear sense, and- even worse- also not any fun. The reason for this is the quarrel between Jagger and Richards while they were recording. Jagger is reported to have just sung his vocals in the latest minute. Hey, you aren' t a window- cleaner who does the most boring job on earth, you belong to the greatest rock band on earth (or, what when Dirty Work came out, seemed to ONCE HAVE BEEN the greatest rock band on earth). You can hear this listlessness over the whole album. And it' s true, not only the artwork, also the lyrics just are a single scream. I can hardly believe that the band that has gone into history with great classics like Street Fighting Man or Honky Tonk Women is playing there. The Rolling Stones are often congenial, only there about nothing of their importance for the music in general and of their talent is to be seen. "Blow you sky high, I don' t care, splatter matter on the bloody ceiling" would be very good for the worst average rap band. If you' re coming from Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile,... to Dirty Work, you will be very disappointed. They are masterpieces, this is trash.

By Maxlugar
January 7, 2000
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From the opening seconds of One Hit (To the Body), I knew the Stones had decided to rock and roll again. After two completely retarded and horrendous albums (Emotional Rescue, Undercover) and one oldies set pulled out of the archives (Tattoo You) they had decided to put the pedal to the metal. First some acoustic strumming, a little high hat action and then BAM! Da Da-da-da-da DA DA Da-da-da-da!!! Rock and Roll!!! Reminiscent of Can't You Hear Me Knockin'. Along with some great guitar work came some great lyrics. "You burst in, in a blaze of light. You unzippered the dark. One kiss took my breath away. One look lights up the stars". Nice start. My Stones are back. And they are pissed. Then Came fight. Holly crap! Now THOSE are guitars. Put this tune on with headphones on and just drool over the slashings of Keith and Ronnie on this one. Pure aggression. Just what I love the Stones for. Nice lead in the middle too. This is shaping up to be quite an album. Pissed indeed.

Harlem Shuffle is next. Not bad but I would not have made this the first single. Their version of this tune has quite a nice edge to it though. The beat Charlie is kickin' is infectious. Ronnie's little licks are a nice touch.

Hold Back. Whoa! Mick sure didn't listen to the title of this one. I defy you to find another song since where Mick just lets it loose and wails like he does on this one. I have listened to many a fool out there who say Mick was just going through the motions and came in the studio with no motivation for this album. I say bullshit. Mick is howling here like he doesn't care if his vocal chords land on the control room window. Listen to the line "I've been climbing this tree of promises, for over forty years". Tell me where Mick has ever sang a line so powerful You can't, don't bother. The guitars are crashing into one another. Nice funky break at the end too. The drums are like a thunder storm. Only Hold On To Your Hat comes close to this kind of rockability.

Too Rude is a nice change of pace for the Stones. A friend of mine loves this song. The drum effect is just like a Peter Tosh boot I have. Probably stole it but hey... The vocals kind of remind me of the Grateful Dead. Not Keiths best but an A for effort. Creativity has been a strong point for the Stones over the years. I especially like what they do when they cover a song. Getting a little laid back at this point of the album was needed as well.

Winning Ugly is just too '80's for me. At the time I thought it was going to be a big hit for them. It wasn't and it sucks. For me it sounds too produced. Nice bass line though. Too bad it's not Bill. Bill must have been out behind the studio puking during this song.

Back To Zero. Uh oh. Now two crappy songs in a row. What's going on here guys? Something is starting to smell here. This song is a crappy leftover from She's The Boss.  I like the "My whole life is haning by a thread" part though. Otherwise, things are starting to turn around here. Someone or something help!!

And that something was Dirty Work. Oh yeah. We're back on track now. This is a very nice rocker. Some nice stripped down guitar work. Nice lead by Ronnie. Micks vocals kick ass. Charlie's drumming is spot on. I love this tune.

Next is Had It With You. One of my all time favorite Stones songs. No bass on it and it still has a great grove. I had not heard Mick wail on harmonica like this in years. This is old time rock and roll. It must be played at maximum volume. The lyrics are great too. "I love you dirty fucker". Indeed. Top ten Stones line if I've ever heard one. Sounds to be just Ronnie on guitar here. If it is then I say GREAT JOB RONNIE! Too bad he doesn't do that anymore.

Sleep Tonight is a nice Keith ballad. Sort of like All About You but better. I wouldn't have put this one last one the album though. I hate it when they put a slow Keith ballad at the end of an album. Like B2B it sort of leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I like when they go out with a nice rocker like Voodoo Lounge or Some Girls.

Then there is the little Stu piano part that brings tears to Maxy's eyes. I can't go....on...about that.

So there you have it folks. A damn great rocking Stones album. In my opinion on of the hardest rocking they ever put out. The hatred of Mick and Keith towards each other came out in the end as howling vocals and slashing guitars. the only reason this is not remembered as a great album is that Mick decided not to tour afterwards. Keith still says in interviews he likes this album. Three songs from the Dirty Work sessions that could have put this album over the top are Deep Love, Goin' To Memphis and Invitation. If this album came out in the day of CD, they would be there and this truly would have been more than just a great rocker album. It may have been up there with Voodoo Lounge in my opinion.
Don't be a follower and listen to most fools and dismiss this album. You'll be missing out on some kick ass rock. You have to take Dirty Work for what it is. A hard rocking reflection of where the Stones where at that time. It is a hard rocking, guitar crashing, vocal chord ripping, "we're here to kick ass" claiming, drum skin breaking, Ronnie and Keith still playing
great together kick arse and take no prisoners album. Hey it's no Sticky Fingers. It's no Voodoo Lounge. It's no Some Girls. But shit, it's no Undercover or Emotional Rescue either.

By Steve Cronen
July 13, 1999
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Well, you have to give 'em some credit... Upon listening to Dirty Work, I turned to my little sister and asked her, "Do want to get this album? 'Cause I don't." Dirty Work is mainly a mid-80's pop album, and I hate mid-80's pop. The album does have a few high points, though. It opens very well with the kick-butt "One Hit (To the Body)." "Fight" and "Harlem Shuffle" are okay. "Winning Ugly" is the same. Keith's "Sleep Tonight" is beautiful, possibly the best song on here. Ian Stewart's short boogie-woogie piano at the end, though, comes close to stealing the show, despite the fact that it's about 30 seconds long. The Stones messed up on this one, but they recovered soon after.


By Beth
June 22, 1999
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Every Stones album I have gets a spin in the Cd player or on the turntable. The mood strikes you, a lyric gets stuck in your head, the sunlight hits just right and you get to thinking about a day you spent dreaming to backbeat of some odd duck song like CITADEL.

Every album, that is, except Dirty Work. The last time I even looked at that waste of vinyl, it was completely warped, yet shiny and as jet black as the day I bought it. I remember trying to love the album, and finding myself increasingly angry and disappointed - how could my beloved Stones issue a piece of crap like this? I was sure it was the dreaded predicted end of the band. I can only really remember three songs from the album: Harlem Shuffle (please just shoot me in the head), Fight (shoot me right now), and Sleep Tonight (the only reason this album gets a 1.0, which it does NOT deserve).
Don't waste a penny on this clunker. Even the artwork is a silent screaming warning. Sad, sad, sad. Sorry boys.

By D. Bowers
June 1, 1999
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You know what they say, the higher you climb the farther you fall. This is by far the worst record the band produced. The only decent songs on the album are cover tunes. The band was having a lot of problems with getting along at this point and there long career together seemed to be over. Thank God in wasn't. The relationship between the members were in complete turmoil and it reflects in this recording. It looked like this was the beginning of the end for the band. This album should have never been released. Hey if you think about it would have made a great bootleg recording. The funny thing is if this was a bootleg it probably would get more credit than it does now. They should have said, "Hey guys this album isn't going to fly and I don't want to put my name behind it as a reflection of talent that I can produce. It was probably one of those things where they had to complete the album to satisfy the record company and fulfill there obligation in there contract. However there is one little gem on the album that I think is a half way decent effort which is the Richards ballad "Sleep Tonight." The band was completely exhausted at this point and had no drive or direction. The funny thing is is when you are a band like the Rolling Stones and you have reached the highest peaks and fulfilled all the dreams you had, you reach a certain point where you ask yourself what in the hell am I going to do now? Where can I go from this point? Luckily they took some time of and did some inner reflecting and regrouped for the under rated fine album Steel Weels.

By Joey (aka Ralphy, aka Pauly, aka many others)
March 19, 20 & 24, 1999
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Webmaster's note: This is an edited version of 3 different reviews by one fan.

A disaster for the band and for all of mankind. Hard to believe that a wonderful band like the Stones could produce such trash. The songs are unevenly structured and poorly written. The band was not getting along at this particular point in time and man does it show. Rumor has it Mick grunted out the vocals in less than two hours. After Mick refused to tour in support of this album, Keith was ready to call it quits with the Stones. "You just do not move me anymore" is what Keith said to Mick
after Dirty Work's release.

Do something more constructive and stick needles in your eyes, even that would feel much better than listening to this putrid and tepid mess of an album. I leave you with this one important piece of advice, "Man looks in the Abyss and sees DW staring back
up at him. At that point, man finds his character and that is what keeps man out of the abyss."

By Bill Koester
November 30,1998
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The only Stones album that I dislike, if I could give it a zero rating, I would. Just what were they thinking when they recorded this piece of crap? I can't find a song that I like on this album. Lets take a look at a few of them. One Hit to The Body comes closest to being an acceptable song but it doesn't sound that much a Stones song to me. Songs like Fight, Hold Back, Winning Ugly, Back To Zero, Had It With You, Sleep Tonight, Harlem Shuffle and the title cut just lack the zest we hear on the other Stones albums. Mick sounds like he has better things to do than sing any of these songs with any gusto, he seems to not care. Keith's guitar sound is not up to par and neither is Ron's. Well, it figures that after putting out so many fine albums over the years that the law of averages would catch up with them and a poor album would appear and the title of that poor album is Dirty Work, the whole thing is a dirty mess!

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