Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. At base, Contino is a reasonably entertaining and sometimes quite compelling combination of slower dance aesthetics translated into rock & roll terms and sounds. It just isn't the end of the world, that's all.
  5. It's a magnificently gothic trip in which guitars grind pitilessly against hip hop beats, electronic circuitry throbs to breaking point and Iggy Pop cameos as a serial killer.
  6. 80
    The Contino Sessions is one of the more interesting, well-crafted albums of late 1999. Death in Vegas partners Richard Fearless and Tim Holmes have packed as much interest and emotion into each of the album's relatively short 48 minutes as they possibly could.
  7. Neither modern rock nor dance, Death in Vegas straddle the middle ground -- and prove that it's an extremely good place to be.
  8. 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.
  9. Rock that feels like techno ... Gorgeous and wasted, THE CONTINO SESSIONS sounds like blues for space cowboys.
  10. 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.
  11. Despite initial misgivings, "The Contino Sessions" has a hypnotic effect that does shine through and is one album that improves upon repeat listens. While not perfect ... "The Contino Sessions" is a dark, mysterious album that will leave you with more questions than answers.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. OsI
    Mar 4, 2005
    8
    Just out and out groovalicous
  2. mickym
    Mar 1, 2005
    9
    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 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 Full Review »
  3. dizzytee
    Dec 9, 2004
    6
    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 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. Full Review »