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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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...
Most recent customer reviews
This cd strikes a new low point in Luna's recording career. It's definitely not the same band that put out Penthouse and Pup Tent--both great cds. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003
I was listening to this record while enjoying a ham on rye with spicy mustard. The melodies and lyrics made me put down my sandwich and really listen. Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by Tony Chernoff
This is an awesome album. I have only recently begun listening to Luna, but I fell in love with this band right away. Romantica is consistently beautiful. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003 by Yan Timanovsky
Like the shy girl with the mystery smile and the slender figure hidden under sweaters and baggy jeans, Luna has worked its way deep into my music libido . . . Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002 by Eric
Luna 'Romantica', The Church 'After Everything Now This', and The Flaming Lips 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' are the 3 best CD's of 2002 so far. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2002
On their sixth studio album, Romantica, Luna's Dean Wareham is in love, but I'm not sure with whom or with what. Certainly he adores the post-Velvets drone of guitars-bass-drums. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2002 by WrtnWrd
I think Romantica shades Penthouse as the best Luna album yet. It has less self-indulgence and experimentation than the recent albums. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by jaf
It's completely sick how good Luna has been over the past 10 years of their existence. To listen to their studio albums is to only experience a smidgeon of what Luna has to offer. Read morePublished on July 10 2002 by David M Sinkovits
Luna is a brilliant band -- terrific live and innovative in the studio. Romantica builds on Dean Wareham's well-honed Luna formula of catchy, languid lyrics and invigorating... Read morePublished on July 2 2002