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Try not to feel like a member of the trenchcoat mafia as the album's pivotal track 'Aisha' proclaims: "I think there's something you aughta know. I'm a murderer." The agressive rhythm combines with the sinister lyrics to provoke a sense of latent 'cool' in the listener.
Not all the tracks are stand out. Neither are they all heavy and dark. 'Flying' is one of the best tracks on the album but contains only feelings of airy joy as the various electronic rhythms swoop and, well, fly.
Death in Vegas are a rare breed of artist. They belong to a movement arguably started by the Velvet Underground but now frequented by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and others. These are the bands that will save the world from hyper-conformist pop. Vive le Death.
My first hearing was soley for the music. I didnt pay too much attention to the lyrics. I love their blend of funky beats and the journey it takes your body.
Last night i lay and listened to the lyrics. Of course i was still 'bopping' but MAN.....the sound of the voice is PERFECT.....the analogy hes using i think ive figured out, but the simple use of very poignant one-line lyrics kicks. i mean, when he says 'HE GOT OUT'.....sent shivers down my spine. I heard myself loudly uttering 'This is GENIUS' over and over again......
I defy you to hear this song, to not feel the power, to not hear the ingenuity, to not want to go and buy every cd theyve done just in the off chance that they might have gotten close to this again somewhere else.
I will admit that it took me some time to come around to it. Its dark, at times disturbing... if you are looking for pop-friendly hooks or accesable melodies, this is not the place to go. But if you are in the mood for a richly dense album that will yield great rewards for repeat listenings, this is for you.
There are a few stand-out tracks: Dirge is a comparitively quiet intro to the album, a slow-building jazz stomper that acts as a kind of thesis statemtn for the album as a whole. Lever Street is a simple tune, consisting primarily of what sounds to be a Hammond organ - one of the saddest songs I can remember, supremely evocative of heartbreak and despair. Neptune City closes the album - it's one of my very favorite songs, a euphoric capstone to an emotionally draining experience.
All in all, I consider this an essential album. It takes your preconceived notions of what electronic dance music can or should be and stretches them like taffy.
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While the late '90s was cluttered with bands merging electronica with rock, few did it with as much finesse and authenticity as the British two-man outfit Death in Vegas. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Andy
This is an incredible record - worth it just for Aisha. Put this on, grab some hard liqour, sit back, turn it up loud and lose yourself in it.Published on September 1, 2011 by Michael G. Evans
What's not to like about Death In Vegas? Death In Vegas is some of the coolest music I've ever heard, and I'm pretty picky. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Adam L. Goldman
Wow. It's been five years since the last review of this album.
This should not have happened. This album should have gone down as an all-time classic. Read more
This one sounds a lot better to me than what I've heard of the dubby DEAD ELVIS. Richer. Darker. A good mix of instruments and trippy electronics. Read morePublished on September 20, 2002