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Contino Sessions

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Richard Fearless has earned his name. Death in Vegas's 1997 debut, Dead Elvis, established him as a defiant DJ, mixing techno with weird dub, rock, and industrial. Despite itself, the disc spawned a hit ("Dirt"), an experience he may have wished to replicate here, though Contino pushes even harder in multiple directions. Many high-profile guests add to the blend of smooth grooves, noisy ambience, and raucous rock rhythms. Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie conjures a laid-back hip-hop posture for "Soul Auctioneer," while Jim Reid makes "Broken Little Sister" sound a lot like his own band, Jesus and Mary Chain. On "Aisha," Iggy Pop's wicked monologue could rival Nick Cave's creep-factor were it not for Fearless's musical playfulness. From gospel choirs and organs to Americana twang, deep bass rumblings to spacey sci-fi sounds, The Contino Sessions is a psychedelic trip with bravery and grit. --Liisa Ladouceur

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dirge
  2. Soul Auctioneer
  3. Death Threat
  4. Flying
  5. Aisha
  6. Lever Street
  7. Aladdin's Story
  8. Broken Little Sister
  9. Neptune City


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • ASIN: B00001O30K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is a rare example of that music which manages to be dark and moody without causing involuntary wrist slitting or head-bang whiplash. The opening track, "Dirge", is representative of everything that is great about modern American rock music. The track contains simple, effective riffs obscured by gritty overdrives and thundering bass beats that are utterly addictive. The track also reveals the band's knack for increasing the tension and power in a song without advertising the fact. The result is a song which swells and pumps along, carrying the listener on a musical waterslide until the instruments seem to crash into the pool at the bottom leaving said listener both exhilarated and exhausted.
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.
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The whole cd is clas, but Aisha stands head and shoulders above everything.
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.
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The second c.d. from Richard Fearless and Tim Holmes(a.k.a.Death In Vegas) is an excellent follow up to Dead Elvis,it is also a new departure for dance music as it must be the darkest so called dance c.d. I've ever heard. I bought this c.d. last year and a testament to its high quality is the fact I still listen to it regularly. I don't know how people are fitting this into the dance or techno category,because in my opinion it's a million miles from this sort of music. The album features a high calibre guest list-with Bobby Gillsepie(Primal Scream),Iggy Pop And Jim Reid(Jesus And Mary Chain)featuring on 3 of the 9 tracks. Most of the tracks are well over 5 minutes long and it becomes obvious after track one that this c.d. is dark ,loud and fairly heavy in it's musical content.Sometimes it's quite like Leftfield's last c.d. and yet some of the tracks sound a bit like the instrumental tracks of Nine Inch Nails -The Fragile. Fearless and Holmes have put together an excellent band to enhance their techno background.Gillespie sings in his usual 'somewhere out there' manner on track 2 'Soul Auctioneer'.The Iggy Pop song Aisha is excellent with Pop perfectly suited to his off the wall narrative where he tells the story of a serial killer-see I told you it was dark!Jim Reid's welcome return on Track 8 is one of the many highlights on this album. The Contino Sessions have deservedly just been nominated as one of the c.d.'s in line for the Mercury Music Prize-my only question would be how can it win the prize for the year 2000 when it came out in 1999! However this c.d. is well worth the listen!
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There's a reason why Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers is such a huge fan of this disc (besides the obvious one that Richard Fearless is a pal of theirs). It is quite simply one of the most creative and endearing discs to be released in the past few years.
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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