Dirty Vegas (album)
|Studio album by Dirty Vegas|
|Released||4 June 2002|
|Dirty Vegas chronology|
|Singles from Singles from Dirty Vegas'|
The album was successful in the United States, debuting at number 7 on the Billboard 200. It would spend 19 weeks on the chart and eventually going Gold. The album also spent 16 non consecutive weeks at number-one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
The album features the radio hit "Days Go By" which was also used in a commercial for the Mitsubishi Eclipse and in the video game, DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution. The album artwork is done by American artist Richard Phillips.
Frontman Paul Harris had worked as a club DJ in Europe prior to forming Dirty Vegas, while Ben Harris worked at a Camden recording studio and Steve Smith was performing as part of a band called Higher Ground. After Higher Ground disbanded, Paul met Smith at a party in Switzerland; the two began performing together. Ben Harris later joined and the trio began to record songs together, the first of which was "Days Go By."
The group released "Days Go By," and the song's striking video was seen by an executive who worked for Mitsubishi Motors. He tracked the group down and got permission to feature the song in an ad for the company. Following the song's licensing, the group returned to the studio to record more songs for a full-length album. Ben Harris commented to MTV that, when recording the album, they were "trying to not really fit anywhere," opting to attempt to create "something unique" instead. The group informed Billboard that they didn't have one specific songwriting strategy for the album: "Ben and I might get a chord sequence going, and then Steve may add the lyrics - or vice versa. We handle it from many different angles." The album's recording was completed in October 2001, shortly before the Mitsubishi ad began running.
The album garnered generally mixed to negative reviews from music critics. John Bush, writing for AllMusic, gave the album 2 and a half out of 5 stars, praising the album's production but criticizing the lyrics and Smith's vocals. John Aizlewood, writing for The Guardian, compared the album to Air and Everything But the Girl and singled out "7AM", "Throwing Shapes", "Candles", and "All or Nothing" as highlights. Music critic Robert Christgau praised the album's catchiness but commented that "Days Go By" didn't stand out on the album the way it did in the Mitsubishi advertisements.
Release and commercial performance
The album was released in the US on June 4, 2002. The album debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200, spending more than three months on the chart and eventually going Gold. The album also entered the Top 40 of the UK album chart.
All tracks written by Paul Harris, Ben Harris, and Steve Smith, except where noted.
- "I Should Know" – 6:09
- "Ghosts" – 5:18
- "Lost Not Found" – 4:05
- "Days Go By" (Victoria Horn, Smith) – 7:07
- "Throwing Shapes" – 6:52
- "Candles" – 3:12
- "All or Nothing" – 4:55
- "Alive" – 3:21
- "7am" – 6:13
- "The Brazilian" – 3:53
- "Simple Things, Pt. 2" (Harris, Harris, Smith, Roger Waters) – 6:44
- "Days Go By" (Acoustic) – 2:43
The album was released in various countries in 2002.
|United States||4 June 2002||Capitol Records||CD||39986|
|Japan||4 September 2002||Toshiba-EMI||CD||TOCP-66102|
|Australia||16 September 2002||Capitol Records||CD||539 9852|
|United Kingdom||30 September 2002||Credence Records||CD||542 9992|
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