Picks and Pans Review: Dirty Vegas
Dirty Vegas (Capitol)
Nice try with the Sin City tag, but this genial British technopop trio will generate about as much controversy as Siegfried and Roy. These guys are uniters, laying down a musical treaty to please ravers and SUV drivers alike: The beats are real, but with actual (okay, innocuous) lyrics and enticing melodies. Only a few tracks fall into the techno trap (program a riff, program another riff, repeat 600 times). The lightly pulsing "Days Go By" wafted easily from hit car commercial to hit song, which promoted the video, which in turn may make MTV viewers experience sudden urges to set a date with their friendly Mitsubishi dealer. Even better, the ditty "Simple Things" (as in "It's the simple things that make you smile") merges into a sunny cover of Pink Floyd's anarchist thunderstorm "Another Brick in the Wall."
Bottom Line: Momtronica
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