They can barely string 2 or 3 chords together, have the most appalling female and male vocals ever to come out of the anarcho-punk scene and manage to savagely butcher a cover version of "House of the Rising Sun." But it's absolutely phenomenal.
Normally when you review punk you comment on how poor the music is but it's usually listenable. DIRT are terrible. No 2 ways about it. They can barely play and singing lessons are a definite must. However, when you listen to it again and again some songs really grow on you and the overall savagery of the album really sounds better with each listen. It's not your usual ranting-mad anarcho-punk on the most part although all the usual topics are covered but with some of the worst guitaring in history, has a more poetic approach. There are some great tunes including "Democracy", "Mother", "Merry Go Round" and "Deaf, Dumb and Male", each having that idiosyncracy that sets them apart both from the rest of the 2 disc release and other anarcho-punk.
With the 2 discs you get many repeat versions of songs but they sound very noticeably different and with nearly 3 hours of listening, it's a great DIRT anthology. A great booklet with just about everything you'd ever need to know on DIRT accompanies the CD.
All in all I cannot emphasize enough just how poor the quality of the CD is but in it's inability to be music per se it adds characters and an abraisive rawness you don't quite find with any other band. A great anarcho-punk release of a band that epitomises both "anarchy" and "punk."
especially in the (in my opinion) best 7" they released, scent of the kill, (lunacy, hatred , listen morons, plastic bullets) you get some of the catchiest and most driven punk to come out of the era, and as far as the crass comparisons go, there arent any, two different bands linked by location, label and scene but thats it really, do yourself a favor and buy this today.