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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B000063IV1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You've got to credit Dean Wareham--he knows what he does best. On Romantica, Luna's sixth studio album, the former Galaxie 500 singer-songwriter continues to mine inspiration from the same triumvirate of moody guitar bands he has always coveted--Television, the Velvet Underground and the Soft Machine . But it's hard to complain when the results are as engaging and euphoric as Romantica. Buoyed by chiming chords, sweeping melodies and that distinctive soft-focus voice, songs like "Black Champagne" and "Rememories" are among some of his finest compositions to date. On the latter, Wareham sings, "It's been a long long long..." But with him, the journey has rarely been dull. --Aidin Vaziri

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By A Customer on Dec 18 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, my friends it been a while. After buying "Pup Tent" and getting turned off to it's discordant jangling rather quickly, I passed on the last two albums. The last recording, while showcasing the band's talents as live performers, was unoriginal and, I worried, Luna's swan song.
If not for the lovely little miracle of college radio and being able to preview the album online, there is no way I would have ventured forth to expereience what is in my mind the best album I've heard in years. It ranks along side their best recording, which I believe was "Bewitched", and better than "Penthouse" and "Lunapark" which, in turn, are better than just about any other album out there.
Where to start? Why at the beginning of course. I can't help to think that the songs on Romantica in someway mirror those on Bewitched. "Lovedust" reminds me in its sweet, bouncy manner of "California" from the latter album. Both are classic little ditties. "Black Champagne" is a more rich, textured and complex lovesong than "Bewitched" but both rank as my favorite compositons from this band.
Overall, from start to finish Romantica is light, airy and melodic. The hooks are sharp, and Dean's lyrics remain delightfully inscrutable. I continue to enjoy this album as it evolves over time in different seasons and environments and you will too.
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No, Luna will never be The Velvet Underground. For one thing, they wear their influences too lightly to really sound like the Velvets (or anybody else). Which doesn't mean they aren't capable of greatness, as their 1995 release "Penthouse" effortlessly demonstrated. "Romantica" is similarly well-crafted, with whimsical lyric touches that still make me smile after repeated spins. New bass player/singer Britta Phillips adds a pragmatic counterpoint to her duets with Dean Wearham that perfectly balances his goofy romanticism. And the guitar work is, as always, without peer in alt rock.
If it sounds like I like this record, I DO! The problem is that I can't quite love it. For one thing, it sounds exhausted at times (try "Rememories," which is lovely but sooo sloooow). And just when you expect the guitars to soar--as on the luminous "Black Champagne" (my fave cut)--somebody hits the fader! In fact, all through the disc you can hear Luna chaffing against what must have been a pretty tight recording schedule.
If you're a Luna fan, you already own "Romantica." If you're just discovering them, start with "Penthouse," but buy this one, too. Hopefully, they'll sell enough copies of both to finance more recording time on the next album! Could be a great one.
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Firstly, does anyone else out there reckon that 'lovedust' sounds like a wonderful/beautiful update of 'another girl, another planet' by the only ones? [mind you, then me and my girlfriend thought we heard 'jump' floating around in 'dizzy' so...] Anyhoo, this album has been a real find for me. I read a review of it in a local mag where I saw Dean Wareham's name and I thought oooooh! I bought Galaxie 500's 'blue thunder' EP when it came out and 'on fire' on vinyl when I was a wee-er chappie...Then I found 'the portable galaxie 500' and reaquainted myself last year or so, much to the gratitude of me soul. And now I find that Luna exist and that 'romantica' is full of the kind of lush pop sounds that I need to breathe, sounds from 'good vibrations' to 'radiation vibe', from 'september gurls' to 'brimful of asha', from 'streets of your town' to 'range life', and now 'lovedust', 'black champagne', '1995' and all the rest of this beautful record. I just love pop music.
Oh, and to all you precious 'this album is better than that, I like their old stuff better than their new stuff,...
anyhoo, thank crikey for all the awesome beautiful music out there, and thank crikey for luna and 'romantica'. seeya...
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As a serious Luna fan, I was eagerly awaiting this new CD and was notably disappointed upon first hearing it. Over time, however, repeated listenings have brought several tracks to the fore as well within the tradition of the definitive Luna sound. Still, some tunes here simply disappoint, but that's what the "forward" button on the walkman is for. I heard Luna at the Metro in Chicago last week, and Dean Wareham seems to have correctly isolated the 2-3 songs from Romantica which fit the live Luna sound and has put them into their live repertoire, which worked very well that evening--they stand up very well in that initimable Luna live alchemy, especially "Black Postcards," which rocks and builds as well as any Luna song ever to grace a live performance. (The litany of lines beginning with "I'm tired of..." builds ferociously toward a monster crescendo.) I'm not among those who slaughter the last 2-3 Luna CDs--I think that "Pup Tent" and "The Days of our Nights" have many fine songs ("Fuzzy Wuzzy" and "Math Whiz" are among their very best songs, in my opinion) and don't disappoint at all--but this one...well, every band deserves to hiccup here and there. It was Luna's turn--but it's just a hiccup, folks, not pneumonia.
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As a serious Luna fan, I was eagerly awaiting this new CD and was notably disappointed upon first hearing it. Over time, however, repeated listenings have brought several tracks to the fore as well within the tradition of the definitive Luna sound. Still, some tunes here simply disappoint, but that's what the "forward" button on the walkman is for. I heard Luna at the Metro in Chicago last week, and Dean Wareham seems to have correctly isolated the 2-3 songs from Romantica which fit the live Luna sound and has put them into their live repertoire, which worked very well that evening--they stand up very well in that initimable Luna live alchemy, especially "Black Postcards," which rocks and builds as well as any Luna song ever to grace a live performance. (The litany of lines beginning with "I'm tired of..." builds ferociously toward a monster crescendo.) I'm not among those who slaughter the last 2-3 Luna CDs--I think that "Pup Tent" and "The Days of our Nights" have many fine songs ("Fuzzy Wuzzy" and "Math Whiz" are among their very best songs, in my opinion) and don't disappoint at all--but this one...well, every band deserves to hiccup here and there. It was Luna's turn--but it's just a hiccup, folks, not pneumonia.
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