Dirty Vegas

The Trip: Dirty Vegas

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Dirty Vegas' The Trip is a fairly enjoyable set of the U.K. electronica trio's fave tracks, continuously mixed and mindful of the mainstream. While Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Walk This Way" are definitely two of the world's most overplayed party tracks, they're also two of its best, and form a fine and funky opening salvo for Trip. The producers do carry the latter's classic drumbeat quite cleverly through INXS' "New Sensation," but they stumble badly on the way out, trying to force the intro of "You Get What You Give" from the New Radicals into the finale of "Sensation." The resulting crosstalk is muddled and awkward, and kills off much of the Radicals track's inherent euphoria. Vegas makes the same gaffe later, looping the opening crowd noise of Arlo Guthrie's "Coming into Los Angeles" over a remix of U2's "Even Better Than the Real Thing." There's a mildly amusing drug culture subtext here ("Don't touch my bags if you please, Mr. Customs Man," Arlo wheezes), but the cuts' polarizing aesthetics make mashing them up unwise. Luckily, Dirty Vegas focuses more on song selection than bold mixing. This Trip's track highlights include the sensuous acoustics of Paul Weller's "Wild Wood" (accentuated by "Let's Get It On" right before it) and Hall & Oates' deceptively dark "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." Best is 4hero's 2001 single "Les Fleur." Coming out of the more nocturnal groove of Ian Brown's "F.E.A.R.," its bursting, bountiful soul is like the bright sun rising over a Balearic Islands morning. Trip's sequencing and song quality are top-notch. But its lack of adventurism further illustrates Dirty Vegas' seeming desire to watch its days go by in a blissful haze of shallow accessibility.

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