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If all you know of Dirty Vegas is its dark, omnipresent 2002 hit, “Days Go By,” you’ll be surprised by the trio’s third album, “Electric Love,” its first in seven years.
For one thing, it’s not dirty-sounding at all. Sayonara, sense of foreboding.
As the lead track “Little White Doves” makes perfectly clear with beats of shiny, sunny optimism, this disc equally aims to put a smile on your face as it does to move your feet. Subsequent songs live up to this promise of positive pop, now more radio-friendly reliant on vocal melodies than slinky grooves. “Weekend” is a buoyant high point; only “Pressure” pushes the clubby beat too far into house territory for these ears.
“Electric Love” caps off with an instrumental wind-down in “Round and Round,” serving as a nice decompression from its energetic antecedents. And speaking of instrumentals, OM Records has issued “Electric Love” in a two-disc package, the latter chunk being an all-instrumental version of the album proper, track for track. As nice as those sounds sound, these songs were crafted as deliberate, radio-friendly singles, rather than something by which to drop E, so go for disc one as a pick-me-up, and disc two only when you need aural wallpaper. —Rod Lott