Dirty Vegas: Paul Harris, Ben Harris, Steve Smith.
"Dirty Vegas" won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
DIRTY VEGAS was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award For Best Recording Package.
For those who remember the days when electronica was known simply as disco, this collection of instrumental and vocal tracks should bring back some happy memories. If you think you've never heard Dirty Vegas before, they supply the music to the car commercial where the trendy girl is being driven around town (either looking for the next hot club or a parking space) doing various robotic movements to a spare electronic backing track. The rest of the set sounds similar; midtempo beats, infectious tunes, and some passably hip-hop-like vocals courtesy of this British trio's otherwise decidedly pop-oriented singer Steve Smith.
Undeniably commercial, Dirty Vegas' simple, uncluttered sound harks back to the early '90s, when electronica was in its infancy, from the motoring "The Brazilian" to the hypnotic "Ghosts," while the full version of the car-commercial song, a.k.a. "Days Go By," is pure manna from dancefloor heaven. Dirty Vegas provides electronica for all seasons, suitable for easy listening or grooving--proving that those ad agencies don't get the big bucks for nothing.
Rolling Stone (7/25/02, pp.74-5) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...DV pool their digital talents in the service of old-fashioned guitar-rooted songwriting. The band's turntable-destined danceables are tight and strummable..."
Q (8/02, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Understated and slightly surreal, this could be dance music's answer to Pink Floyd..."