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The Contino Sessions

Death In Vegas

1999

The Contino Sessions

Album Summary

The Contino Sessions is the second album by British band Death in Vegas, released in 1999. As of July 2013 it was certified gold by British Phonographic Industry for 100,000 sold units in UK.In 2000 the album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

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Rating

2.93

Votes

4730

Genres

  • Electronica
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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

It's hard to place this album in a box. It was gloomy. It was boring. It was also low-key engaging - the instrumental rave ups where especially nice. Is this just a dark metaphor for a material driven life? Death in Las Vegas. Death in Monaco. Aging in West Palm Beach. I feel no need to return to this album. Their one song on the Lost In Translation soundtrack is enough for me. C-

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Saw DIV live back in the day. A musician friend had to leave, he was worried about permanently damaging his hearing. it was a great gig. Couldn't believe how many people were on stage. The idea of a guest vocalist was pretty original when it was released. Nowadays every other tune seems to be doing some type of collaboration. These were not driven by marketing and sales but by finding the voice/character/mood to match the song. Iggy pop absolutely nails Aisha. On the next album Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher create works they never would have on their own and equal to their best. Cover art 3.5/5

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

May have been relatively interesting had it come out in 92, but I don’t understand why it would take 7 years for these guys to come up with a cut-rate Screamadelica 2.0.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Another artist/album I don't know, Bri'ish of course. This is an interesting project--classified as electronica, but it's somewhere between electronic and shoegaze-y rock. The combo works well and the music is decent throughout, but I'm not grabbed by much here. Fades to the background pretty quickly, but I LOVE the glitchy sound that comes up on "Aisha." That's a banger track. I saw on Wikipedia that Pitchfork gave this a 3.9! The review is hilarious, and in my favorite bit the critic said that Aisha "bursts through the speakers with such ferocity as to make you drop the saucepan of bathtub crank you just brewed up all over your bisexual girlfriend's Cocker Spaniel." Favorite tracks: Dirge, Aisha. Album art: Extremely boring, instantly forgettable. I do like the color scheme but the imagery is lame. See Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" for a good red/white/black album cover.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
1

I honestly didn't notice this album ended the first time I listened to it. It was very background noise for me, and some tracks such as "Aisha" made me cringe because it felt like it was trying so hard to be edgy. "Lever Street" was the best song on the album imo. It wasn't BAD in the ways the other 1 star albums were, but I don't think it deserves a place on the 1,001 album list because so much of it is snoozy.

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Wed May 12 2021
1

The screeching hurt my ears.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Switch this review around with Bad Brains, I got a bad brain. I guess since I can't remember much of this, that makes it mediocre? Bad Brains, 2. Contino Sessions, 5.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Surprisingly awesome!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Wow, what an album. I was immediately hooked from the beginning with the slow build up in Dirge, to such satisfying guitar and synth instrumentation. I honestly was not expecting an electronic album, but its a nice change of pace. Every song progresses in such a satisfying way. I love the use of rock instruments on top of the synths, giving it a grungier feeling, reminiscent of Massive Attack or Gorillaz, and even Black Moth Super Rainbow on the song Luther's Funk. Some of these songs are much more abrasive and hard for what I'd expect from a 90's electronic album, it had a very modern feeling. I love all the songs on this album, but the stand out for me is Aisha. I love Iggy Pop's spoken-word vocals on this song, mixed with the guitars and synth solos, it's just so captivating. I really don't have any complaints about this album at all. The songs were all different enough to where it didn't feel repetitive, but still felt like a consitent album. Every track was a unique experience and my expectations were always shattered each time, there were so many intricate progressions and twists that kept me on my toes. There's a lot of songs on this album that I'll be saving to my playlist, I'm excited to listen to it again. Favorite track: Aisha, Dirge, Luther's Funk, Lever Street - Least Favorite track: none

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Absolute banger. Was closer to 4 than 5 but listened to aisha again. Such a good song.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Love it, always have, amazing album

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Death in Vegas’ “The Contino Sessions” is very much up my alley. I love the sexy attitude here, with its driving beats, sultry basslines, rich synths, inventive sampling, etc that create a hypnotic atmosphere. The list of collaborators on this album is incredible - Iggy Pop, Andrew Weatherall, Bobby Gillespie, and more feature on this album which I was very happy about. This album reminds me a little of some trip hop records that have also come out from the U.K., like Massive Attack, Tricky, etc. The U.K. has a staggering amount of great electronic artists that hail from their country, and “The Contino Sessions” is yet another example of their excellence. I had a great time with this one! Too many standout tracks to name - I keep replaying “Aisha (Nightclubbing)”, such an awesome track. The “Nightclubbing” part of the title must be a reference to Iggy’s song “Nightclubbing” from his album “The Idiot”, which is also a great song. I’ll be revisiting this album a ton!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Started off thinking it could be interesting and quirky but the singing quickly got annoying

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Loved the it, good and grimy

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

What an album - from the opener Dirge it just builds brilliantly until Aisha which is such a tune , feels dirty and gritty and a strong step away from the “big beat” they started with. The whole album flows brilliantly with a dark edge and I totally forgot just how good it was. Take out the Bobby Gillespie track and you can still hear parts Primal Scream etc. Absolutely stellar

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Me agrada haber esperado tanto tiempo para escribir este párrafo. Sin conocer nada de ellos de inicio me pareció que era un disco que la primera canción era espectacular y el resto iba bajando hasta quedar casi mediocre hacia el final. Después de darle varias oportunidades más es un disco que te va ganando y se va desdoblando poco a poco. Esa primera canción sigue siendo un punto altísimo, una pista espeluznante que comienza con un siniestro rasgueo de dos acordes de una guitarra eléctrica tintineante y un canto inquietante de "La La La La," a medida que avanza la canción, la tensión aumenta con un ritmo de bajo hipnótico y un teclado vintage hasta el punto en que se siente claustrofóbico. Establece el tono para el resto del disco y declara fuerte y a la cara que el disco va a ser un viaje oscuro. Canciones como "Dirge", así como "Soul Auctioneer" y "Broken Little Sister" logran usar muy pocas letras y están configuradas para pintar un paisaje sonoro visceral y surrealista que es tanto interesante como inquietante. Casi se puede escuchar un viento hueco que sopla a través de un cementerio desierto en una pista y una sirena a distancia que viene de un callejón en la siguiente. En muchos aspectos se convirtió en uno de esos discos que de verdad pinta imágenes en tu cabeza como si fuera una banda sonora a una película inexistente (lo cual también ahora me hace pensar en la infravalorada música de Barry Adamson y cómo me gustaría poder publicitarlo a mucha más gente). Adelante "Aisha" nos presenta un riff distorsionado y difuso que se reproduce una y otra vez con un ritmo de batería al estilo de AC/DC y letras narrativas de Iggy Pop sobre un asesino caníbal que vive en un cementerio terminando con un grito desgarrador y un solo de órgano sesentero a no más poder. Creo que se me hace muy interesante que en mi opinión no hay nada en este disco que te haga fan de la música electrónica si no eres fanático, y no convertirá a un fanático de la electrónica en música rock, pero, como fanático de los dos estilos creo que lo que hace tan deliciosamente es unir a esos dos estilos como pocos lo han hecho y dando un disco que ambos tipos de personas pueden disfrutar. Disco notablemente extraño e igualmente hermoso.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Super trippy. Sounds like the soundtrack to Dr Who if he existed in the Matrix universe. Flying sounds exactly like the Mighty Boosh theme song. Big journey album, constantly throws something different at you to think about. Highlight is definitely Aisha, big sucker for the spoken word styles. AISHA, I'M VIBRATING. Aladdin's Story is a close second, very cruisey sax and vocals.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

I am not familiar with DEATH IN VEGAS’s music at all, but aware of the band’s existence. After to THE CONTINO SESSIONS, the album is right up my alley. The opening track “Dirge” starts with a PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED (PIL) instrumental right off METAL BOX, then DIV take off on their own path exploring similar terrain but with different textures. A great record and the deluxe edition is even ten times better. If you dig the vibe, DON’T EVEN BOTHER WITH THE STANDARD RELEASE. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, only THE CONTINO SESSIONS is included, I have a feeling that I’ll be disappointed that there are more albums included. But I can always investigate them on my own time. Rate Artist: DEATH IN VEGAS (5.0) Rate Album (Year): THE CONTINO SESSIONS (1999 Original) (5.0) Rate Album (Year): THE CONTINO SESSIONS (2016 Deluxe) (5.0) Ranking of DEATH IN VEGAS - THE CONTINO SESSIONS songs No. Title Length 1-01) Dirge 5:43 10.0/10 (instrumental) 1-02) Soul Auctioneer 6:00 09.5/10 1-03) Death Threat 4:51 09.0/10 1-04) Flying 7:07 09.5/10 1-05) Aisha 5:54 10.0/10 1-06) Lever Street 3:40 09.5/10 (instrumental) 1-07) Aladdin's Story 4:45 10.0/10 1-08) Broken Little Sister 5:19 09.5/10 1-09) Neptune City 4:44 10.0/10 Original 1999 Release 87.0/90 = 9.66 / 2 = 4.83 1-10) Blood Yawning 7:16 10.0/10 1-11) One More Time 7:02 10.0/10 1-12) Luther's Funk 4:59 10.0/10 Bonus Tracks 2-01) Aisha (Edit) 3:53 10.0/10 2-02) Dirge (#2) 3:39 10.0/10 (instrumental) 2-03) Dirge (Slam Mix) 7:49 10.0/10 (instrumental) 2-04) Dirge (The Micronauts Remix) 6:42 10.0/10 (instrumental) 2-05) Dirge (The Micronauts Bonus Beats) 6:09 10.0/10 (instrumental) 2-06) Dirge (Cossack Apocalypse Mix) 8:16 10.0/10 (instrumental) 2-07) Dirge (Adrian Sherwood Remix) 5:28 10.0/10 (instrumental) 2-08) Neptune City (Concrete Funk 1) 5:27 10.0/10 2-09) Neptune City (Concrete Funk 2) 5:09 10.0/10 2-10) Aisha (Nightclubbing) 5:16 10.0/10 2-11) Aisha (Nightclubbing Instrumental) 5:14 10.0/10 Deluxe 2016 Release 227.0/230 = 9.87 / 2 = 4.93

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Moody

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Wild that this was released in 99. It's way ahead of its time, about 15 years too early. Some lovely cameos too.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

I was obsessed with Death in Vegas's first album- Dead Elvis. It just seemed effortlessly cool. I was counting the days for the release of their second album, and it didn't disappoint. This album started their move towards a more commercial sound and amped up the guest appearances but this release maintained the effortless cool.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

This is entirely new to me and I loved it. It’s a very dark album, but there are epic moments like “Flying” where it loosens up and feels lighter. “Aisha” has a great rock groove under those disturbing lyrics. “Aladdin’s Story” is a pretty cool take on the classic ‘Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen…’. I enjoyed the rock-meets-electronica of this. Death In Vegas is a group I will check out further. Not a happy album, but one I am happy to have encountered!

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

The part in Aisha that goes "aaaaaaaaa"? Five stars for that alone.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Any album that features Iggy Pop singing "Aisha, I'm viiibraaatiiing" gets five stars by default.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

I loved this album. It was consistently strange and catered to my taste perfectly. One of my favorites so far (i feel like that doesn't surprise anyone). this album isn't for everyone but it's definitely for me.

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Fri Nov 06 2020
4

Pretty good

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Really surprised me actually

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Wed Sep 23 2020
4

Really good listen - Dirge is awesome

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

I had always written them off in the past, but most of this is quite enjoyable!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Cool, funky soundtrack vibes.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Good electronic beats, dark and gothic at times. Way too many versions on the album. Dirge #2 is pretty good.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

I dug this album. The new-psychedelic mix of electronica and trip hop was pretty good. Reminded me a lot of Primal Scream, just not as interesting. I still enjoyed the listen though, it was good rhythmic background music. Favorite song: Dirge Least favorite song: Death Threat

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

It's Friday and I'm listening to an album from 1999 called The Contino Sessions by the band named Death in Vegas. They are described as rock, electronic, industrial and minimal techno. The first song off this album is great, I'm already quite hooked on it. It's groovy and pulsating all at once. I can imagine I would have enjoyed this in 1999, which would have been my time living and working in Washington DC. It's good music to work to. It has a good beat, there isn't a lot of singing, and it keeps on moving and rolling through. The 3rd track was very good and helpful in keeping me on track. And track #5 kicks in with Iggy Pop adding just the right amount of sneer to fit well with this album. This might need some further listening, which is not as common when working my way through these albums. The final song is great and a nice way to end with an insistent beat that you just have to grab onto.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I remember listening to this when I was maybe 19?

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

I hadn't heard of this band before, and I'm generally not big into electronic music, but this was amazing. Eclectic and kept my interest throughout. 4 stars.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Electronica, neo-psychedelia, shoegaze, krautrock

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Wow. I knew nothing about these guys or the music they did. This was GREAT. Not the kind of thing I'd go to a concert for, or listen to in the car, or at a party. But excellent "Get work done" music. Dirge and Death Threat are big favorites

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

4 out of 20 if ya KNOW WHAT I MEAN

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Really good

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Good stuffs!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Makes you feel cool. What else is there to say

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Really liked this album! Was different for sure with its industrial/rock/alternative vibe but kept listening to it and didn’t get sick of it at all.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Slight psychedelic rock instrumental feels. Good background electronic album

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Some great songs and some forgettable. Dirge was the perfect opening to the album, and Aisha surprised me in a good way as well. 'Soul auctioneer' was the only song I actively disliked.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

- disharmonies are intriguing, - will definitely listen to again but needs right mood - not listened to much shoegaze but might explore more

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

so tight, love love

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Brilliant album. Some cracker tracks, mainly Dirge, Aisha, Neptune City.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

- disharmonies are intriguing, - will definitely listen to again but needs right mood - not listened to much shoegaze but might explore more

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

nice alternative electronic album, add to it vocals from various artists and you get a banger album

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Amazing one, I enjoyed every song, this is some good stuff

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Grata surpresa, foi o primeiro álbum de uma banda que desconhecia e funcionou muito bem. Ótima sequencia de eletro-rock.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Filthy baselines👌. Bit long though, my only criticism.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Electronic with soul. It’s dance music for grown ups

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Enjoyed this. It fades into the background but in a good way I thought. Some of the vocals was a bit lame but overall good stuff

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Cuando vi la portada y que el género era electrónica, pensé: "Ahí vamos otra vez a vivir la experiencia de Orbital u otra de esas", pero no, nada que ver. Este disco está catálogado como elctrónica, pero bien podría pasar por Rock, Madchester o una forma rara de Jazz. La cosa es que sí me gustó (no todo, la de Aisha me cayó bastante mal) y creo que puedo tenerlo de fondo para trabajar o incluso que salgan las rolas de vez en cuando en el shuffle.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Me cuesta trabajo escuchar artistas o bandas mayoritariamente instrumentales pero en verdad me sorprendió lo fácil que fue escuchar este disco. A ratos guitarrazos, a ratos sintetizadores, a ratos sampleos, me parece un gran descubrimiento que se va directo a la lista de favoritos y tocará escuchar todo lo que han hecho hasta la fecha. Me recordaron a Kasabian, pero sin letras. Songs: Aisha, Dirge, Broken Little Sister, Neptune City

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

This album took me completely by surprise. I had never heard of this artist before this album but what an album it is. The first half of this album started out really strong and felt like the electronica version of Radiohead with strong, ominous production. I wasn't as big of a fan in the second half but still enjoyed it nonetheless. Fav songs: Dirge, Death Threat

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Recognised some of this. A great listen and the one with Iggy Pop was highly amusing!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Solid, interesting stuff. I like the blend of sounds going on here, and the songs may be a little long but they develop themselves well enough that I don't mind it.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

so weird but really cool

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

This was really good! I'd only vaguely heard of Death in Vegas and never listened to them so had no idea what to expect going into this The instrumentals and production were fantastic, and while the vocal performances were a bit hit and miss (Bobby Gillespie was quite disappointing on Soul Auctioneer, though Iggy Pop was incredible on Aisha) this was overall a really enjoyable album

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

I'd forgotten how good this is. Dirge and Aladdin's Story are both beautiful. Aisha is perfect Iggy Pop lunacy. Lovely instrumental stuff that calls back to Sabers of Paradise (which probably explains the Andrew Weatherall link.) Shame about the couple of stodgy rock numbers with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Bobby "Dullest Man in Rock" Gillespie dragging the rest of the album down from an otherwise unimpeachable performance.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Kind of interesting

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Mon May 02 2022
4

This always felt like a sister album to Primal Scream - XTMNTR to me. An older, slightly mellower, less successful step-sister but a sister nonetheless.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Like a donkey punch to the back of the neck

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Fri May 06 2022
4

5/4/2022 - ALBUM #97 Today's Album: "The Contino Sessions" by Death in Vegas - This album is one that really took me by surprise with each track. The opener, Dirge, is a really awesome track with these "la la la" background vocals that give the building instrumentals this really cool, yet kinda creepy, atmosphere to it. It's a clear highlight given just how nuts the band goes with wild effects while still keeping my engaged in this chilled out beat. The next track, Soul Auctioneer, continues with this brooding creepy atmosphere but it's even more elevated with this slow dragging rhythm and these really drugged out vocals. It honestly sort of sounds like Bob Dylan and even though I've shit on his vocals in the past, they actually really work well in this dark and creepy setting. Death Threat is a great instrumental track that surprised me in a variety of ways just on it's own. The strange noise in the background loop, the building electronic sound scape, and the interspersed more code give this track a really disorienting feel to it, but still somehow stays so engaging. The next track, flying, while still sounding somewhat similar to the previous songs, brightens things up with a more full rock instrumentation and these cool reversed synth accents. The track keeps getting crazier and crazier as it goes on and sort of reminds me of something King Gizzard or Psychedelic Porn Crumpets would do, with these blasted out distorted guitars hanging out quieter in the mix. This track has a great energy to it and the 7 minute runtime of it really doesn't ever feel bogged down. Aisha is a really strange track from the perspective of a serial killer that eats dead bodies. The narration feels super in your face and monotone and the band is really just showing their proficiency in creating these really solid, but creepy and uncomfortable instrumentals and they only get better as the track progresses. I have heard so many bands try to do this creepy sort of aesthetic, but this band does it in such a badass way it just works. Lever street is this really sweet instrumental that sounds fantastic, but I have to knock a few points off for it's progression being straight up Heart of Gold by Neil Young. Aladdin's story was the real big surprise on this record, brightening the usually broody dark instrumentals up to feeling pretty pleasant. The instrumental here is fantastic and the vocal really fits it well. I love the sax and organ in specific on this track. Broken Little sister probably falls the flattest out of the track list, feeling like some really generic grunge, and it just doesn't really go anywhere with it. Neptune City is a great instrumental closer to this album, feeling like it's uniting a lot of the electronical ideas throughout the project while balancing the dark and light aesthetics. Overall, this album is a fantastic listen for anyone that can handle something a little unconventional or experimental. Give this one a listen if you're more of an instrumental kind of person and like electronica. Highlights: Dirge, Death Threat, Flying, Aisha, Lever Street, Aladdin's Story, Neptune City Score: 7.5/10 Incredibly experimental, but so well done

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Dirty guitars and synths. Guest vocalists before everyone was doing it. The first half is great and builds to a peak with Aisha. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Aisha Date listened: 10/05/22

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Wed May 11 2022
4

I like it! Good background music. I'm afraid it won't be overly memorable, though. Even now, I can't keep the name of the band in my head. If you ask me in two weeks if I've ever heard of Death in Vegas, I will probably say no.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

I am not familiar with this band. The electronica that they have recorded is pretty straightforward and listenable for me. The trancelike loops are engaging and interesting enough, although a couple of tracks did seem to be dragged out. Fun, but nothing particularly life changing here.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

First time listening - pleasantly surprised

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Death in Vegas is a new band for me. IThere are enough sounds from guitars and drums on The Contino Sessions that it's not obvious that Death in Vegas plays electronic music. This album was a pleasant surprise. "Dirge", "Lever Street" or "Flying would give you a good example of what Death In Vegas does. There was one track, "Aisha", that had some spoken word that I did not enjoy. The track isn't terrible, but I would be tempted to skip the track if I played the album again. Because I enjoyed the album enough to continue listening to the remaining tracks on the extended album, I will round up from 3.5 stars to 4. I could come back to this album for a second listen.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Went into this one blind, album cover really didn't give me much in terms of what to expect. Turns out to be a pretty solid heavy electronic album, really enjoyed the beats on this one was some great background music. The lyrics in some of the songs would normally be pretty cringey, but somehow in this case they made it work and it wasn't too bad. Definitely would listen again or check out some of their other works.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Solid melodies, limited vocals, this plays mainly as an instrumental album and it is great. Post-rockers should take a note from this album, and quit trying to overcomplicate their music with forced chaotic bits, anti-melodies, etc. Beautiful is not quite the word to describe how this album plays, but there are moments where it is. The intelligence behind the compositions are what really stand out though, the intention of each track disposes any ambiguity, each track seeming to carry with it some "sense" of sense. What the album accomplishes at the cost of complexity, it makes up for in feeling. The rhythms and melodies at times may sound basic, but they managed well in their repetitive cycle, keeping songs feeling progressive rather than stagnate. Usually, songs and music without a feeling of purpose tend to get lost here and the rating inevitably goes down because of that. The same does happen here to a degree, but where this album succeeds for this review is that the question of 'Why?' is more introspective and quizzical rather than a frustrating disappointment.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Dirge and Aisha are the stand outs In this latenight comedown. I love this album and could listen to it I. A loop as the droney electronica washes over me

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

Excellent album, didn’t realise that the singles came from this.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

This is ending up in the regular rotation

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

forgot how good

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

An excellent album. I particularly enjoy the part in "Flying" where it sounds like an HGV is reversing.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Excellent album, has one of my all time favourite tracks, 'Aisha'. Almost a 5.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

A decent album with a cool electronica/rock vibe, some well chosen guest stars and enjoyable swagger.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Not in my edition of the book! 1999. 4 stars Interesting Brit alt guitar rock that wants to be Godspeed You! Black Emperor when it grows up, but with lyrics. Could be the soundtrack to a cult urban horror film. Good if you like this sort of thing, which I do.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Never heard these guys before. Weird synths and samples. Clanging guitars. Chunky beats and bass. Actually not too bad. Pleasantly surprised by this album. Stand out tracks: Death Threat, Aisha, Dirge.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

This is why I keep going with this 1001. I've heard of Death in Vegas but never consciously listened to them. This is really where I'm at at the moment post-Covid with Putin threatening to bomb us and a worldwide financial crisis ongoing. Dark, gloomy, shoegaze and catchy.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

A record with a lot of 90s Britpop swagger - had a good time listening to this. A kind of Oasis / Primal Scream thing going, with it's own dark streak and clever storytelling, while consistently paced and just the right length.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

I liked it, but I didn't love it. It wasn't as heavy-hitting as I expected at times, but quite an alright listen.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Pretty good album for having in the background while coding. Monotonous electronic rhythms and beats means it's not too distracting, but also means that there's nothing remarkable about it either. Would listen again, but probably wouldn't reach for it.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Kind of weird psychedelic rock

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Interesting. Worth a full listen a couple times

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Sounds like radiohead

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

I'm sure I've heard a song or two by them. I was expecting a NIN clone. This is its own thing for sure. I love the trip-hop drums and industrial noises.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

At first blush I was nervous to have to listen to two hours and 22 songs of this album. I then saw it was listed as electronic and my eyes lit up. I love electronic music and this album sort of fits that bill. A little older than I am used to, but there are some good hits in here like the opening song Dirge and a few others as it goes on. I don’t know which because I’ve been having it on in the background and I’ve flown through ten songs already. Some of them I had to skip but there is a lot of gold in these mines. I’m still a little surprised at the album length but if you were driving in a car for two hours this could be a good soundtrack to pass the time if it was the only CD in your car. The cover of the album is pretty basic and has been done before but the music feels fresh and experimental.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Kolejny ciekawy projekcik, takze wyspiarski, dobry strik maja, a czemu ciekawy, bo gatunek elektro nie brzmi to zbyt ciekawie, ale styl w jakim zostalo to stworzone do zludzenia przypomina murzynskie instrumentale, wiec linia melodyczna, loopowane drumy, gitarki, troche szumow i slucha sie tego o dziwo dobrze, ale nie jest to albumik calkowicie instrumentalny jak mozna zakladac po pierwszym traku, ale sa takze kawalki wokalne, wiec takie zdziwienie, gdy na piatym traku pojawia sie iggy pop czy mick jagger na aladdins story, ktory jest jednak uncreditowwany, a albumik dosyc podziemny, no i pojawia sie takze wokal od grajka o ktorym ostatnio mialem okazje poczytac, czyli jeden z braci Reid, Jim, wiec jest bogato jesli chodzi o featury, a sam projekt death in vegas jest dzielem fearlessa, ktory jest odpowiedzialny zarowno za klawisze jak i produkcje, a to jest tutaj najwazniejszym aspektem, pomimo ze nie uzyskal on zbyt duzej popularnosci, to jednak kawalki z niego przewijaja sie w innych mediach,, na plejaka leci kawalek z iggim Aisha i otwierajacy Dirge

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Tue May 11 2021
3

"You've broken your wings, you've lost your demon" (Soul auctioneer) Parece que esta es la SEMANA DE LOS GOTICAZOS. No me ha súper cautivado, pero funciona guay como disco y tiene algunas canciones interesantes (y no se hace muy machacón, que es mi miedo siempre con la electrónica).

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

Getting Strong Kasabian vibes from this which isn't a bad thing at all. Also reminds me of a more indie prodigy. Didn't hate it. Liked a fair bit of it. Got bored with quite a lot of it (the dancier bits). A surprising 3/5

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Strange choice, like a movie soundtrack

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

Like a fine score to a Zach Snyder movie

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Some songs are neat.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

Ok. I prefer the instrumental songs to the ones with singing

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Eh. Overall okay. No particularly bad songs, but wasn't overly impressed with any songs either

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Sun May 16 2021
3

The first song is really good after that the album feels a bit like marmite some good and bad songs, a strong start that is let down by the rest of the album 3/5

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Good, would listen again

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Sat May 22 2021
3

The first song dirge is really cool so far I’m getting shoegaze/dream pop vibes and I like how instruments get added over time. It’s repetitive but in a good way if that makes sense? I’m not a huge electronic and repetitive music fan (aka I don’t like daft punk) but this is actually pretty sweet. We got some synth lead now about five minutes in. It’s becoming crowded sounding but it adds to it so that’s cool. Ok now next song is soul auctioneer. Starting off with a noisy one liner synth that isn’t very melodic but it’s interesting. Yayyy some singing now. This guys voice is different I like it. He almost sounds like an American Damon Albarn. This is like shoegaze gorillaz. Ooh I like this it’s pretty sick. It’s still going alright. Ok I skipped the last thirty seconds lol it was long. Next one is death threat. Robot. Some drums and bass now. Someone going ooh ooh ooh? Idk sounds like barking almost lol. Chilling down a little. Laser beams now alright. I skipped the last minute. Now it’s flying. To be honest I think I would like this album a lot more if I was in the mood for it like chilling at night but right now I’m not really so my review might be kinda swayed. I love shoegaze at night but during the day I don’t have the attention span for it hehe. That being said I skipped this one too a little. Now it’s Aisha and we have aime electric guitar now that’s cool. This guy talking huh. “I’m a murderer” HUH? Ummm ok I think this album is a concept album now. It’s interesting at least. Anyways. Next is lever street. I love how this one starts ooh. Oh yeah this one’s good. I love me some organ. Upright bass possibly?? Yes please. This ones my favorite so far. I actually do like this album but like I said before I need to relisten at night. Yeah that song was cool. Next is Aladdin’s story. Ok I like these basslines tho. Some sax possibly? Sweet. I like this one too. Next and I think last is broken little sister. Noisy ooh. Ok its picking up now. Nice some singing. Getting some sonic youth vibes. Thurston Moore kinda sounding guy. I like this one. Nice alright I’m done. That was pretty cool not something I would’ve listened to on my own but I’m glad I did I’ll relisten to it at night but besides that its cool.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Dirge

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Listened to this driving, and it was great for that setting. Cool instrumental tunes for a lot of the album, but any track with lyrics isn’t as enjoyable. Sounds extremely late 90s, almost to a fault

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Wow really interesting, didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Very hard to describe but sorta like ambient electro hard rock psychedelia. Lots going on with the many, many layers of productions so will definitely listen again with headphones.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Some interesting ideas here, but execution wasn't 100% my style.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Cool and interesting sounds, I will listen to this again. Well done boys

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Otro de esos discos "raros" que (para mi) no es fácil clasificar dentro de un género. Es como rock-electrónico-progresivo, muy excéntrico, pero agradable. De las canciones en el disco la primera (Dirge) es mi favorita, pero puedo escuchar el disco completo sin problema.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Moments of 2⭐ moments of 4⭐ so somehow this doesn't seem like the right rating, sue me.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

trica bog te jebo

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Nije loše, nije loše. Zaista ima dobrih stvari poput: Dirge i Aisha.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Great collection of some out-there remnants from the death throes of the 90s. While I wish the LP carried more of the chaotic energy of 'Dirge' and felt a bit more cohesive, I still find myself drawn by how well this encapsulates such a revolutionary and scattershot decade of music in a collection of tracks that evoke without feeling dated.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

I had never listened to the entirety of this album before. It was an okay listen but will not likely listen to again.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

A hectic start that soothes into niceness. A good alternative break from many vocal-heavy albums

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Insulso.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

I don't know what to make of this. It's not terrible but it's definitely not good either. Each song seems wildly different from the one before it too. Not sure how to categorize it. One of the most aggressively 'meh' albums I've ever heard.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Yeah, this was a cool album. I'd never heard of Death in Vegas and had no idea what I was in for, but the mix of blues, electronic, soul and metal was a nice change of pace. I'll definitely go through some of their other stuff.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
3

Interesting album. I like the the mix of guitars with the more electronic, noisy vibe. Cool, unexpected roster of guest vocalists. Fave Songs: Soul Auctioneer, Dirge, Broken Little Sister, Aisha, Flying

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Interesting

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Dirge is a great song. Enjoyed this album - some chill and some noise.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Ambitious album for the time ( sound engeneering and mixing) to combine ambience and 70's rock. Quite relaxing. (6/10) FT: Dirge

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

From the album cover I thought this was going to be death metal. Color me surprised.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

3.5

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

Gotta respect those electronic synth the matrix soundtrack sounds.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Decent background ambient electronica. 3/5.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Áhugavert rokk. Mun hlusta aftur.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

From the era where dance-due producer bands ruled supreme (Underworld, Chemicals, Leftfield etc) slightly less exalted Death In Vegas stake a very credible claim to be at the top table. There's some quality vocals (not singing) from Bobby Gillespie, Dot Allison and Iggy Pop and an overall vibe of the Velvet Underground meets big beat. A slight reliance on the riff over melody stops this being a 4, but a solid solid 3.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Weird but cool album. Doubt I'll listen to it again though.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

This is quite cool, but not as memorable as it should be to get anything more than a 3/5. Aisha probably my favourite track. Probably not what they'd want, but it serves as excellent background music for working - not so distracting that it captures your whole attention, but enough going on that it keeps your mind moving. I guess that's why their music is used a lot in soundtracks?

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

I feel like I could this sound, but better elsewhere. It wasn't the worst but I don't see me returning to it at any point.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Pretty decent for instrumental.

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Sun May 08 2022
3

3.5/5

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Wed May 11 2022
3

This was quite listenable for electronica. It makes sense that a couple of tracks have been used for background music in movies, games, and such. "Dirge" has a great, mysterious mood to it. "Aisha" is driving and dark. "Death Threat" caused me some stress as I was driving in traffic and I thought my lane departure alarm kept going off. It's still long and repetitive, but that's to be expected.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

I like this album. Great fusion of multiple styles, perfectly mixed. Songs like Aisha are really disturbing.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Tuntematon mulle, mut mitä esim noita vierailevii muusikoita kattelee niin aika meritoitunutta porukkaa on! Must ihan mukiin menevää tällasta konevoittosta junnailuu. Ei huono. 3/5

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

This was more my speed when it came to electronica, although in the end it proves too monotonous for me to really call it great as such.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

The Contino Sessions started off so well with tracks like Dirge and Aisha, but it got stale by the last couple of tracks.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

This is a very moody 90s sound. I like it.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Although the songs are repetitive, it’s pretty apparent this was the backbone that the mid 2000’s Dubstep scene was built off, inspiring some of the top artists like Diplo, Noisia, Excision, etc. I see a lot of people bashing this album with the justification that the songs are boring, but these are songs meant to be played LOUD. If you can’t hear the bass you are missing out. 3/5 Favorite tracks: Dirge Death Threat One More time

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

6/10. Good album, maybe even a 7/10. Not my favorite genre, but it keeps it fairly interesting.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

"The Contino Sessions" is the second album from the English electronic music group Death in Vegas led by Richard Fearless. Good last name since, I think, this album is trying create an atmosphere of fear, mostly, or at least darkness. But, not all the time which is where I had problems with what they were trying to do overall. There are some good songs here though and for the most part, it is at least interesting. I guess this fits in the electronic music category but there are some more straight-forward rock moments. Each song is almost it's own thing. I heard all sorts of influences: The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, Air, Suicide, 80's and 90's Ministry and sort of Britpop. Big time guest appearances by Iggy Pop and Jim Reid of Jesus and the Mary Chain. Some of these songs have a dance beat, almost an anti-drum beat, droning keyboards, droning guitar and basic rock. The album starts out with "Dirge" which is definitely in the electronic category with its spacey and dreamy guitar and keyboards, a slow drum beat, and weird background noises. The second single and for me, the best song is "Aisha" with Iggy Pop talking of murder and blood. It has a dance beat, a cool guitar and it grooves. They could have built a whole album based on this. The last song and first single is "Neptune." It is mostly electronic and has a happy vibe with its keyboard melody and uplifting ending. I found this album interesting. Not saying I'm going out and buying it right now. It does sound of its time in the late 90's. Fans of experimental electronic music may find this quite good.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Very interesting electronica/rock crossover.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

Something of a genre defier, although the blanket electronica seems to be where it falls there is stuff in here that trends more towards the less driving side of industrial, alongside post-pop electronica reminiscent of something like Stereolab. The diversity is an overall strength though it also delivered a couple of songs I couldn’t wait to be over.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

This is OK. I hear a lot of elements of other bands (Primal Scream, Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine), but they do not add up to anything new and compelling. The combination of EDM and rock does work, but it remains just OK.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I had never heard this and I liked it.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Pretty solid album. First two tracks are great. The end gets a little flat but it works.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

We've had a few of these albums now. You know the sort: lots of beats/grooves, but not really dance music and not exactly trip-hop. Mostly instrumental but with occasional vocals. Vaguely psychedelic, kind of quirky and eclectic, but also ultimately a bit samey and unremarkable. All of them from the 90s. I can understand having one or two of them on the list but surely they're not all 'must-hears'. Was this one a bit better than the others? I dunno. Maybe? 2.5 / 3, I guess.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Electrónica.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

album is a 3, Aisha is a hard 1

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Good note sounds. not so good voicey sounds

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Think I had this - only really remember the Dirge (?) though.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

I ...I liked this I think. I put it on while working, stopped it several times to make sure I could really listen to it and it was hypnotic. Dirge, Death Threat and Flying the main tracks for me here. Solid 3 out of 5 and Dirge makes it onto my playlist.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

I think this is the album Damon Albarn has been trying to make for years. I enjoyed this.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

It's listenable, kinda cool moments. Neptune city is a great track - 3 stars

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Bounces around a bit stylistically, which works in it's favor more often than not. I liked the vibe overall, although I wasn't really blown away by any of it.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Dirge is cool. It's also in the movie "The Last House on the Left" which is cool. Rest of songs malright

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

I had only heard Dirt from them before this. This album was definitely a lot more atmospheric and experimental, merging more into the realm of post rock. I was expecting more like Dirt so was a little disappointed.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Not my kind of beat, electro-rock something? Decently produced but still not something I enjoy.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Vage psychedilic, soms aardig, soms kut

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Intense. Dark. Unsettling. I really like this, but it also makes me feel super uneasy.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Good stuff!

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Mon Dec 05 2022
3

Come into this thinking I like two DIV songs, and prefer Dirt which isn't here. Aisha is decent, and ahead of the curve slightly in that Iggy Pop later turned up doing this sort of thing for everyone from New Order to seemingly countless others. Am immediately reminded that I also like Dirge, not sure I knew it was them. I saw the sub-screamadelica criticism which makes sense for Soul Auctioneer especially, Death Threat as a track is completely pointless, should be a 90 second coda, tops. Most of this, though, is decent and an enjoyable listen, however I'm not sure it's essential. Better than David Holmes solo work.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
3

Surprisingly not too bad for an electronic album because it did have some vocals, guitar, drums, making it sometimes seem like an actual pop/rock album

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

This stinks mid 2

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Wed Jan 06 2021
2

I'm not into the type of electronica that takes a measure or two and repeats it 256 times in a row. That's not what this whole album was, but it was enough of it to really beat me down. There's some decent stuff buried here. I'm not sure it's worth the effort to dig out. Best track: Aladdin's Story

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Look at me a less emotional Portishead and 80's guitar with glimpses of sunshine like a winter in Finland in January just after blue monday.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

A few good songs.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Very mediocre

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Not feeling it

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Oof.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

semi dark and grungy sounds, not my cup of tea.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Mira que me gusta el rock progresivo, el instrumental, las canciones largas, pero los Death in Vegas NO. Lo he intentado varias veces. En este disco solo se salva para mi gusto Aisha con la voz de Iggy Pop. Prescindible excepto ese tema, le daré un 2 por que en general sería un 1 a todo más un 4 a Aisha.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Neptune City" Released: 30 August 1999 (vinyl only) "Aisha" Released: 31 January 2000 "Dirge" Released: 24 April 2000 "One More Time" Released: 10 July 2000 (vinyl only

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Tiene un sonido crudo y libre de "cursilerías" pero no trasciende; es monótono y a veces aburrido. Sin embargo es un album a tener en cuenta. Es injusto que lo califique con dos estrellas al igual que otros discos de menor calidad, sin embargo no llega a las 3. El sistema de 5 estrellas es un poco limitado. Mi calificación sería un 6, y si permitiera: 2 estrellas y media.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Very eclectic horror. That sums it up for me. I gotta say I liked it in a strange way. Today this would have fit in with Interstellar movies. I did not like the length of the songs. I felt they were trying to burn them into my brain which was a creepy similarity to the album cover. X-ray photos of maybe Aisha’s shoes! I will keep this title in mind for Halloween or funerals. Felt a little like Def Lepered from the 70’s. Broken Sister &Aisha were my 2 favorite. And do not forget Aisha....he is a Murderer.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Something different to listen to but didn't particularly entertain two star Terry. 2*

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Meh

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Industrial Brit Pop? Sooo, I guess shoegaze? Some good buildups. Some cool sounds. Little bit of a background album though.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Interesting stuff here

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

I don't know. It was fine I guess. Kind of bland and just noise to me though.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

You want some early electronica? Well here is some repetitive, uninspired tracks for you that are a bit too long.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Aged badly, bad taste?

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Eh

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Tue May 18 2021
2

never heard of this band. wasn't anything awful or compelling. 2.0

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

The first song with its slow build gave me a chill up my spine, which is a hell of a way to start an album. Unfortunately, the rest of the album fell short of the expectations it set up in the first song. From then on, the pieces range from bad to mediocre. The songs don't have anything to them that makes them stand out from one another. Disappointing.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

I appreciated the heavy organ on Lever Street. Almost a 3.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

Ok: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Didn't enjoy: 2, 3, 4. In other words, probaly won't listen to this album again - 2 stars.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

First Listen. Nice background music. Not much else.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Wow. What a downer. Guess that's the point though, right? Well, fuck that. Not only is the mood consistently dour, it's consistently boring as well.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Strong start with "Dirge." Thought I was going to kike "Aisha" knowing Iggy Pop was on it, but I did not like it. Overall very hit and miss.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

The singing in South Auctioneer really turned me off. The songwriting just isn't very good nor is the delivery. The music itself is fine, but there's nothing terribly groundbreaking or unique about it especially in 1999. I get the feeling that Death in Vegas take themselves too seriously and are really trying to sound dark and dangerous. Not even an appearance from Iggy Pop salvage this album (though non-coincidentally, the song on which he appears, Aisha, is the highlight of the album).

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

They’ve done better albums than this one

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

September 28, 2021 This sucks. Repetitive and tries too hard to be edgy. The only redeeming quality is "Luther's Funk" which is the only thing that saved this from one star.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

este álbum suena como ruido para mi

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Like a cross between Primal Scream and Kasabian but without anything to stand out, sing along to or remember.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Liked some of it. Some was obnoxious. Most songs were too long (unnecessarily drawn out).

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Мутьная муть

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Just ok electronic. Nothing completely shocking or exciting, and frankly a little disappointing in the middle to back half.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

meh

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