our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
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A mosaic is
a work of art created by setting small colored pieces such as
tile or glass into a surface. It is commonly held together by
grout, glue, or some other material. The collaboration of Paul
Harris, Ben Harris, and Steve Smith as Dirty Vegas has brought
together the necessary components to create one beautiful, musical
is centered around the vocals, folk-based lyrics and accoustic
guitar of Steve Smith. Ben and Paul bring production, keyboard,
and additional guitar skills. The instrumentals, however, are
somewhat lackluster, mearly filling in the cracks to hold the
pieces together. Airy techno/trance and disco-esque keyboards
never overwhelm or take the attention way from the vocals, which
are nothing short of superb. But they are nothing new and intriguing,
Go By" has risen to quick popularity (via another car commercial,
surprise, surprise), it is but one piece of the mosaic on the
group's self-titled album, Dirty Vegas. Another track that
fits the same "color" is "Lost Not Found,"
which is sure to see success in clubs. Featuring a four-four beat
and soft, subtle vocals, it is one of the album's sexier tracks.
include downbeat, folk-induced tracks like "Candles"
and "Simple Things," which reminds us "it's the
simple things that make you smile" and even features Dirty
Vegas' own rendition of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The
Wall, Pt 2." Dirty Vegas also includes a little gem,
a short accoustical version of "Days Go By," as a hidden
track at the end of the album.
When all the
essential parts are pulled together, Dirty Vegas is a complete
package, a piece of art that can be studied and listened to over
and over without ever becoming tired of it.
liked Dirty Vegas...
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3. Lost Not Found
4. Days Go By
5. Throwing Shapes
7. All Or Nothing
10. The Brazilian
11. Simple Things Part 2
12. Days Go By (Accoustical) (hidden track)