Dirty Vegas

Dirty Vegas

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Even before the release of their debut album, British deep house-pop trio Dirty Vegas had made significant inroads into the American living room via their groovy tune "Days Go By," which made a big splash as the soundtrack for Mitsubishi's TV ad campaign for the Eclipse. And to the group's credit, the song -- a Top 20 single in England that lays folky, effects-laden


Even before the release of their debut album, British deep house-pop trio Dirty Vegas had made significant inroads into the American living room via their groovy tune "Days Go By," which made a big splash as the soundtrack for Mitsubishi's TV ad campaign for the Eclipse. And to the group's credit, the song -- a Top 20 single in England that lays folky, effects-laden vocals over a pumping bass line and a chilled house groove -- is only the first thread in a coat of clubby colors. Dirty Vegas's self-titled debut takes the design of late-period Everything But the Girl, trance's catchy side, and Bedtime Stories-era Madonna and fashions a stylish mélange of dance hits and cloudy head-nodders that will appeal to dance-music experts and novices alike. Spurred by former Ministry of Sound DJ Paul Harris, the trio are obviously fluent in the language of dance-floor sounds, mixing and matching these dialects to suit each radio-ready tune. "Burning the Candles" sounds like a Radiohead ballad on an ambient-soul trip; the twofer of "7 AM" and "The Brazilian" is a progressive anthem underpinned by samba drums; and "Throwing Shapes" makes an old-school M/A/R/R/S-style stadium house roar. Their biker-like big beat name misrepresents their easygoing style, but Dirty Vegas is far from the emperor's new clothes.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Capitalizing on the nearly ubiquitous "Days Go By" (courtesy of a Mitsubishi auto advertisement), the Dirty Vegas trio released their self-titled debut in mid-2002. The album is largely made up of rocktronica, but just consider the band's crossover potential; it's conceivable this album could be accepted by fans of Paul Oakenfold, the Verve, and *NSYNC -- all at the same time. The beats are up-tempo, but the atmosphere is nocturnal; singer Steve Smith is detached but slightly confessional, poised midway from Richard Ashcroft to Justin Timberlake. The band opens up later on the album, with a few imaginative productions slanted either toward a very smooth version of classic acid house ("Throwing Shapes") or Urban Hymns-type ballads ("Candles").

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Dirty Vegas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is easily one fo the most intelligent projects in dance music history. Not often can artists successfully combine a staple club beat with emotional lyrics, cosmic ambience and creative direction. Dirty Vegas have just unwritten the rules of electronic music, and re-written its future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge fan of dance or techno, and most modern, popular music fails to impress me, but this album is... different. Too much of the contemporary sound has been overused and rehashed so badly that it is pathetic to the severe. Then along comes an album like this. There's a very subtle chemistry between the layers - music that has a soft lyrical soul on the top, but it keeps you moving with the near ethereal rhythms and melodies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an electronica afficiando, I have to say that this album is destined to be a classic. I was impressed by the subtlety and complexity of many of the songs on this album. The sampling of Pink Floyd at the end was a nice touch. This album is one of the rare albums that works equally well for relaxation or dancing/excercising ect. The beats are good but the vocals are incredibly smooth and mellow - I got this CD a few days ago and I've been listening to it over and over and it just keeps getting better. It's nice to hear something that sets a new standard in electronica. I am looking forward to their future releases already!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know how you have one, two maybe 6 CD's that you absolutely love? Well make that 7 for me. This CD is hot, haunting and sensual. I'm impressed. How fun! And the Mitsubishi commercial song is not really an indication of the style of this CD, even though I was hoping it was. But nevertheless, i certainly was NOT disappointed at their style. THe first song sounds like the lead of REM and the 11th song pulls in a phrase of one of the worst Pink Floyd songs ever, but who cares? Still a fabby CD! thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the tones of the bass of this cd are great. Not only are the tones great, but the whole compilation of the cd is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant get the cd out of my head. All the tracks are different unlike some music these days. Keep it up guys!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really never listened to the whole cd until this weekend. I heard track #12 and I think it will also become a hit for them all over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A stunningly refreshing album. Melodic wall of sound, needs to have a reasonable level of volume, but from start to finish it just does not falter. Some really chunky sounds, with an occasional chance to catch your breath for a bit (but only a track length). A great buy for jaded musos, roll on the second album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought i would buy a CD from the Elektronica section. This is a great CD for anyone. The days go by track is amazing, and the bonus acoustic version is just as good. A must for techno listeners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd! It's got an awesome bass, and the lyrics are smooth and mellow. This is some groovy clubbin music, great for listening to on the road. I also got this cd because of the Eclipse commercial, and I'm sure glad I did! ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the reactionary nature of the american music listening public never fails to astonish me. for my next album, i'll be playing the fiddle and a harmonica out of my a** with a "staple" techno beat playing on a tape deck. American techno stardom, here i come! seriously people, house+techno+industrial music are very deep genres, in creatively healthy existance thanks to Europe for 20 years with vast talent. yet only its blandest moments surface in U.S. media. this album continues our great tradition and adheres to a formula for success appropriate for a bovine audience that doesn't know any better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's refreshing to have a dance/dj act use male vocals in an age where it's common for artists to engage a random club diva for recording projects. Especially this guy's voice - kick-back, natural, effortless, and sexy (the use of the vocoder on Days Go By doesn't do him justice). A catchy, great album from start to finish - perfect for morning commute, hang-out soundtrack and everything in between.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the "days go by" video on TV and instantly became a fan. I said to myself: "I want more of Dirty Vegas... but, who are they?". Fearing previous experiences, though, where only one track actually works, I went and reluctantly got the CD... Well, let me just say I haven't listened to anything else for three weeks. Dirty Vegas on the way to work, out rollerblading, at home while I'm making dinner, even at the office (with overall aproval from my team). It just has the right mood from beginning to end. Uplifting and invigorating. Can't wait for their next work.