By Doug Brod
August 05, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Dirty Diamonds

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On his 24th studio album, Dirty Diamonds — his best in years — the now-57 Alice Cooper curbs his trend-jumping tendencies of the past few decades and goes back to his twisted roots, offering witty headbangers alongside ripe-for-radio glitter pop (”Perfect,” ”Your Own Worst Enemy”) and a wonderful reading of the Left Banke’s ’60s baroque & roll chestnut ”Pretty Ballerina.” What’s now most shocking about the original shock rocker is how much fun he seems to be having.

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