Dirty Vegas — Electric Love

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

Rod Lott

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