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… See more details below

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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 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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Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353998622
catalogNumber:
39986

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