Rolling Stone (11/27/97, p.111) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...some of the most inventively inclusive DJ-driven instrumentation this year....melt[s] so gracefully into an entirely new groove, you'd forget that vinyl was ever involved."
Q (4/97, p.120) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "Death in Vegas run the gamut of woozy dancefloor styles...a kind of grunged-up breezeblock funk...the point is to take the uglist sounds in creation and make them winningly danceable. The end result is as garish, tasteless, and fun as its name suggests."
Alternative Press (5/00, p.120) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Dance Albums That Rock" - "Dark and funky trip hop at its darkest and funkiest....the aural equivalent of running your hands through cold topsoil."
Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #31 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
Melody Maker (3/15/97, p.49) - "...DEAD ELVIS rocks, no doubt about it. It's only the notion of rock and techno's perceived parameters that's bitten the dust, and Death In Vegas have done a very grown-up thing indeed--they realise that it's as well to plunder the graves of your idols as to kill them."
NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #16 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.
NME (Magazine) (3/15/97, p.48) - "...DEAD ELVIS...pools its knowledge in a quest for something fresh. This is post-ambient stuff, with enough rock-culture references to trouble...Greil Marcus, yet enough dance moves to appeal to people who like functional music."
Death In Vegas: Steve Hellier (keyboards, programming); Richard Fearless.
Additional personnel: Selah, Ranking Roger (vocals); Anthony Anderson (guitar); Jonathan Haines (strings); Andy Visser (flute, harmonica, saxophone); Paul Rutherford (trombone); Seamus Beaghen (Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ); Nick 'Avin It, Mat Flint (bass); Tim Weller (drums).
Engineers: Tim Holmes, Luke Gordon, Steve Dub.
Given Richard Fearless' moonlighting gig as a DJ, Dead Elvis is invested with an often overburdened need to push the right buttons, resulting in occasionally formulaic tracks -- like the single "Dirt" -- which leave little room for surprise. Where Fearless and Steve Hillier opt to explore different waters, dub rhythms and funky acid instead of just sampled guitar riffs, the results are much more impressive. ~ John Bush