The Contino Sessions - Death in Vegas
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  • Summary: Former London club DJ Richard Fearless (now working with Tim Holmes) returns for a follow-up to 1997's 'Dead Elvis.' Guest vocals are provided by Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Jim Reid (Jesus And Mary Chain), Dot Allison (One Dove) and Iggy Pop.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 100
    You either get the concept or you don't, but those who do will feel tingly all the way down to the base of their dance-floor spines.
  2. 'The Contino Sessions' can mean whatever you want it to. All we know is that it feels amazing. Warhol also said that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Death In Vegas' glory starts now.
  3. With their repetitive guitar riffs echoing against electronics, DIV aren't as flashy as fellow crossover masters the Chemical Brothers, but their appeal doesn't fade as quickly, either.
  4. It's always great to find a new zone-out-leaving-the-planet disc, even better when it retains some edginess. This is probably the best modern psychedelia since Spiritualized let Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space slip out.
  5. Neither modern rock nor dance, Death in Vegas straddle the middle ground -- and prove that it's an extremely good place to be.
  6. The Contino Sessions is definitely a step in the right direction for the group in terms of continuity and development of their sound, but their are still a few hiccups that they need to work out.
  7. Death in Vegas wants to be a scary rock band. As such, they've crafted a scary album with scary guitars, scary beats, scary distortion, and scary Iggy Pop. But Death in Vegas isn't even a rock band. It's two pasty English DJ-type guys and some session musicians.

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  1. mickym
    Mar 1, 2005
    this is pretty cool. Dirge is an unbelievable song. I think pitchfork should get off their high horses and judge music for music- not the people who play it. Listen to this late at night and you'll feel all warm and fuzzy Expand
  2. OsI
    Mar 4, 2005
    Just out and out groovalicous
  3. dizzytee
    Dec 9, 2004
    Pitchfork sounds unusually bitter about this cd. I think it is a bit contrived for its own good, but rarely do i skip a track when it comes up on my i-tunes. I never thought it was trying to scare me. File it with the Dim Stars. Expand