One (Dirty Vegas album)

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One
One Dirty Vegas.jpg
Studio album by Dirty Vegas
Released 18 October 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre House music
Length 43:03
Label Parlophone
Producer Dirty Vegas
Dirty Vegas chronology
Dirty Vegas
(2002)
One
(2004)
Electric Love
(2011)
Singles from One
  1. "Walk Into the Sun"
    Released: 11 October 2004

One is the second album by British house music trio Dirty Vegas, released 18 October 2004 in the UK (see 2004 in British music).

Release & promotion[edit]

On August 6, band member Steve Smith delivered an acoustic performance of several of the songs from the upcoming album.[1]

The album was released by Capitol Records and Parlophone in Europe on 18 October 2004.[2] A limited number of promotional two-record vinyl copies were also available.[3] The album was later released in the United States, on 30 November 2004.[4]

Ahead of the album's release in the States, a club and theater tour was announced. The tour included sixteen dates, starting in Washington, DC on 26 October.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 35/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[7]
Blender 1/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[9]
Paste 3/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 6/10[11]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[12]

One garnered generally negative reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 35, based on 8 reviews.[6]

Steve Lowe of Blender heavily criticized the group's AOR tracks filled with earnest lyrics and Richard Marx-like production, concluding that "If this exhaustingly awful album repeats its predecessor’s success, the world will seem more confusing than ever."[8] The Guardian's Dorian Lynskey also panned the overall work of the album, "At best, it suggests Duran Duran indulging their U2 fantasies. At worst, the brain scrabbles for comparisions. The post-millennial Bruce Hornsby? Mike & The Mechanics go to Ibiza? Frontman Steve Smith delivers lyrics that he presumably made up on the spot in the voice of a man who rolls up the sleeves of his sports jacket. One's sole redeeming feature is that its title helpfully informs reviewers how many stars to give it."[9]

AllMusic's David Jeffries said of the group in this album that "They're still dreamy and maudlin, and still not lyricists who will threaten Dylan, but the production is slick and hides the band's shortcomings."[7] David Dierksen of PopMatters said that despite sounding like the group's self-titled debut, he praised the album's production for capturing their live performances and instilling a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the tracks, saying that "What Dirty Vegas has really accomplished with this release is a completely unpretentious piece of work designed to move folks who want nothing more than something fun and catchy to listen to. And bless ‘em for pulling it off because even the simplest pop can be botched."[11] Brian Howe of Paste praised the group for its mixture of acoustics, electronica and orchestral music to craft tracks that contain multi-layered intricacies in their structures, concluding that "When so much music is so bleak, a little unlikely optimism might be a crucial palliative measure, rather than Pollyanna-ish head-burying, and it’s sanguinity that Dirty Vegas delivers in spades."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dirty Vegas, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Roses" 4:07
2. "Home Again" 4:46
3. "Human Love" 5:19
4. "Walk Into the Sun" 5:20
5. "Closer" 3:30
6. "A Million Ways" 5:09
7. "Don't Throw It Away" 4:18
8. "In This Life" 5:02
9. "Given You Everything" 6:31
10. "Save Me Now" (Dirty Vegas, Terry Ronald) 5:01

Release details[edit]

The album was released in various countries in October and November 2004.

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 18 October 2004 Parlophone LP 868 8461 / 7243 8 66846 1 5
CD 868 8462 / 7243 8 66846 2 2
Australia 25 October 2004 Capitol Records CD 874 9552
Japan 3 November 2004 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP-66332
United States 30 November 2004 Capitol Records LP CDP 7243 8 66846 5
CD CDP 7243 8 63743 5

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Dance/Electronic Albums[13] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dirty Vegas Rolls Out Sophomore Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Dirty Vegas – One overview". Discogs. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dirty Vegas – One Vinyl overview". Discogs. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Album One overview". MTV. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dirty Vegas Takes 'One' on the Road". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 12 October 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for One by Dirty Vegas". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "One - Dirty Vegas". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Lowe, Steve. "Dirty Vegas - One". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on 29 April 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (15 October 2004). "Dirty Vegas, One". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Howe, Brian (1 December 2004). "Dirty Vegas - One". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Dierksen, David (29 November 2004). "Dirty Vegas: One". PopMatters. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Rolling Stone review[dead link]
  13. ^ "Dirty Vegas One chart search/history". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 7 November 2016.