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Album Review

Grammy Award-winners for their Mitsubishi-advertised chill-out anthem "Days Gone By," British electronic trio Dirty Vegas looked to have taken their melancholic brand of guitar-charged progressive house as far as they could following their self-imposed hiatus in 2005. But having gotten their various side-projects out of their system, including lead vocalist Steve Smith's solo debut, This Town, and their score to indie film Boys & Girls' Guide to Getting Down, the South London three-piece have belatedly regrouped for their third studio album, Electric Love. Combining the swirling electronica of their 2002 self-titled debut and the melodic indie pop of their 2004 sophomore effort, One, its ten tracks would sound just as at home at a student house party as they would an Ibiza superclub, with songs echoing the angular alt-rock of Bloc Party ("Never Enough"), the epic tribal trance of Paul Van Dyk ("Pressure"), and the new wave synth pop of the Killers ("Little White Doves"). The indie disco vibes continue on the deliciously sleazy title track, which blends twisted electronic bleeps, sinister Gary Numan-style synths, and Gallic disco guitar licks; the punchy "Changes," which fuses spiky, Clash-influenced punk rock riffs with driving electro beats and some anthemic, diva-esque backing vocals, and the kaleidoscopic ambient soundscape of the Chemical Brothers-esque closing track "21st Century," which perfectly complements Smith's Bernard Sumner-inspired disengaged and compressed vocals. But for a band who originated in the U.K. house scene, it's surprising that the album falters when they drift into more commercial floor-filler territory, such as on "Weekend" which is the kind of generic "four-to-the-floor" trance-pop you'd expect from corny Clubland favorites Ultrabeat, and "Round and Round," which lazily borrows the fuzzy synth-led riff from Tiga's "You Gonna Want Me." But when Electric Love is firing on all cylinders, it's a solid comeback which fills the Hacienda guitar band-shaped hole left by the continued absence of New Order. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Not bad, but a missed opportunity

This release feels like it could have been a great return to form, but something is missing. DV's first release was a well paced complete effort that flowed from one track to the next. This one could have been that way, but instead is made up of many tracks that end before they find a groove without a flow between tracks. The title track is only about two and a half minutes long - could easily play for twice that time.

I gave this set a few weeks ot play before reviewing since some songs take a while to "stick", but still feels incomplete. The too-short tracks provide a set that is very short (around 37 minutes with the bonus track), with remixes added to elevate it beyond the "EP" label. Maybe they will use this release as a source for remixes and extended versions.

This is the Dirty Vegas everyone LOVES!!!!

Literrally EVERY song on this album is a winner. Definitely the best from DV since Days Go Bay...and for sure one of the best dance/electronic albums of the year!

Not the same

Im not really feeling the DV vibe from this. I guess its there, the emotion and laxness from the first album is gone completely. Its got a beat and words and thats about all I got from this album. It doesnt exactly carry the original emotion conveyed by DV songs like Candles or Days Go By. No doubt a good album, but... There has definelty been some changes.

Biography

Formed: South London, London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Following in the footsteps of crossover groups like Underworld, the South London trio Dirty Vegas took electronica up the pop charts with their hit single "Days Go By." The group formed in 2001 when DJs Ben Harris and Paul Harris (unrelated) joined forces with their old friend, singer Steve Smith. Smith had just returned from Ibiza, a clubber-friendly island that inspired him to write an early version of "Days Go By." The finished track became a club hit across the world and a Top 30 U.K. hit when...
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