Deep Down & Dirty - Stereo MC's
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 'Deep Down & Dirty' just reminds you how influential and important the Stereos were, and continue to be.
  2. 90
    Dirty might not have been worth the nine-year wait, but it's one of the finest and most colorful dance-oriented discs of the year.
  3. This album is truly affecting -- it is an instant, irresistible, bounce-in-your-step morning cup of coffee of an album.
  4. Deep Down & Dirty is the group's hardest, most animated and strongest-sounding album to date.
  5. With its preponderance of loping beats and funk-infused grooves, the album does little to update the Stereos' sound, but no matter: The band sounds as vital as ever.
  6. Deep Down And Dirty marks the MC's' glorious return to style. Old-school to the core, Deep Down And Dirty is like a blast from the past, a rumbling collage of hip-hop attitude and riotous sonic delirium.
  7. Worth the wait? Well, sort of. This is the sound of a band that has tired of its popular straitjacket ­ searching for something more real, more original, more cutting edge. But you can't forget what you've learned, can't retrace your steps or begin again afresh.
  8. But under the ill-fitting vocals, Deep Down & Dirty has some dubby, dark tracks that work if only because they don't try so hard to be "Connected" sequels. [Jul 2001, p.85]
  9. Deep Down & Dirty adds a few twists to the old formula, but there's something constricted about the record -- it's as if the decibel levels have been lopped off on the top and bottom, eliminating the high treble and low bass.
  10. 60
    If all you want to do is throw the same funky shapes you threw a decade ago, this long-awaited outing will more than suffice. Otherwise, it's the same old same old. [Jul 2001, p.114]
  11. What once sounded like a compelling dance-pop concept now seems genial, verging on retro.
  12. 40
    And just as 1992's Connected served as an antidote to grunge in its day, Dirty hopes to deliver more nuanced dance music to its fans. Too little, too late, though. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.116]
  13. Sounding rusty before even seeing daylight, Deep Down & Dirty is as enticing as those other averagely pleasant 1992 albums currently taking up valuable drawer-space in the back room.

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