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Music In Review: Dirty Vegas - Electric Love
Written by Melissa Garcia   
Monday, 02 May 2011 21:31
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A far-stretch from Dirty Vegas’ Grammy winning single “Days Go By,” their new album “Electric Love” is full of dirty grunge guitar riffs and vocals that ooze positivity. This trio parted ways in 2005 after the success of their 2004 album “One,” to take a breather and relieve themselves from the stresses of the music biz.

 Now, six years later, a refreshed Steve Smith, Ben Harris and Paul Harris (no relation) have embraced the uplifting optimism they found during their break, and spilled it all into this album. This fresh electro-pop album was recorded in London with Om Records, “Electric Love,” has an April 26 release date.

Their first single, “Electric Love,” has caused quite a buzz with its music video featuring actor, Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, The Soloist) rockin’ a surprising new hairdo… and profession (and I use the term “profession” very loosely).

There is also a lot of excitement for the reinvented Dirty Vegas album. Many DJs like Felix Da Housecat, DJ Ortzy, Julien Nolan & Red-Eye, Mike Monday, In Flagranti and Body Language have hopped on the remix bandwagon thus far.

All of the vocals on the album are done by Steve Smith, which gives Dirty Vegas the right to be called a band than a group of DJs/producers. Although, I am not a huge fan of the vocalist’s sound, the music behind him is worth the listen.

The mellow trance theme throughout “Today,” is reminiscent of Kaskade, but the explosion of hard-hitting bass and vocals mid-song, has Dirty Vegas in a league all their own.

“Round and Round,” is their only 100 percent instrumental track. Its head bobbing outro is four minutes of pure trance relaxation.

Their most video-game worthy tune (or possibly the song played as the credits roll for an action movie) would have to go to “21st Century.”

Besides from a few trance-pop laid back tracks, more than half of the record has a rock heart beat with synth rhythms and emotionally charged lyrics.

Their 10-track album is packed with new themes and sources of inspiration and it’s just what the electronic genre needs. The lyrical substance portrays the great care in which they created “Electric Love.” It is probably their deepest album as far as lyrical content.

It’s evident that the six-year hiatus was just what they needed to gain the ideas and motivation to nail this project.  Keep your ears perked for this album- and their remixes!

 

 

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