Vegas

Vegas

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This is an odd one -- and one that should not have worked out nearly as well as it did. This is the debut album from Vegas, which is Terry Hall and Eurythmics' Dave Stewart with help from Eurythmics assistants Olle Romo and Manu Guiot. Trying to picture Terry Hall in Eurythmics just doesn't make sense, yet the result is simply stunning. Both Hall and Stewart branched out from their previous bands and experimented with different sounds, both lyrically and musically. The result is a real mixture of rock, pop, electronica, and reggae, and it all works. Hall's deadpan vocals sound yearning throughout as he sings about despair and the loss of trust and self. Stewart compliments the sentiments with unsettling music throughout, mixed with some of the strongest melodies he has ever written (just listen to the opening track, "Possessed," once and then try to shake it out of the brain). Other songs take sound textures to another level, such as the bizarre, yet wonderful "Nothing Alas Alack." Both artists seemed to have influenced each other and both were very willing to go out on a limb and try some very new sounds. On a technical note, it is interesting that there is not a production credit, although it is almost certainly a Dave Stewart production.

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