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Romantica

Luna Audio CD
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Time for retirement Nov. 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. If you are new to Luna, start with those recordings and work your way down to this dud, but only if you feel it's absolutely necessary. Personally, I feel the band was much better with Stanley Demeski on drums and Justin Harwood on bass. The new girl is definitely distracting Dean with her cheesy sultriness and weak, whispy vocals. Why can't more bands follow the worthy precedent set by the Beatles and break up before they get terrible?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ham May 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. Black Champagne with its lamenting plea, "Train the disco lights on me" spoke of man's yearning for identity in a commercial world. And Orange Peel, with its lusty wink-wink of a line, "I kissed you with my rabbit's foot, I made your orange peel." Who could go wrong with that? The sandwich became a metaphorical cigarette enjoyed after.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Feb. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. From bittersweet pop ballads to classic guitar-based tunes, Luna delivers sumptuous, addictive melodies. Rarely does an album deliver 3 good songs, but this one has at least 6-7 solid tracks. My peronal favorites include the irresistible, tranquil "Mermaid Eyes," and mellow "Black Champagne," as well as the playfulness of "1995." With minimalist lyrics and simple, harmonious rock, Luna creates a perfect album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! They're back. Dec 18 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Being in love with Luna Sept. 17 2002
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
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 . . .This is the record that sealed the deal. Penthouse is good, Lunapark is okay, but this one has the guitars, the laconic, engaging vocals, sharp production, and it's got a unifying theme of sleepy, dreamy romance. I guess I like it more than other Luna records because it has that love vibe. Maybe it is because of Britta joining the band. The band seems to improve with that added female mystique. Wareham sounds in love/lust and that's a bonus. He sounds less jaded and less spent. It is more engaging to hear about romance than it is a hangover (check out a few songs from the Penthouse record). The first four songs are to swoon over. Mermaid Eyes is a giddy pleasure. I guess it is the near giddiness of the entire record I like. Plus it sounds so, so good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but they can (and will) do better... Sept. 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2002's best releases!
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 more
Published on Aug. 28 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a bit of bloody alright!
Firstly, does anyone else out there reckon that 'lovedust' sounds like a wonderful/beautiful update of 'another girl, another planet' by the only ones? Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2002 by andrew
2.0 out of 5 stars In Love
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 more
Published on Aug. 5 2002 by WrtnWrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Luna produce an album for Summer
I think Romantica shades Penthouse as the best Luna album yet. It has less self-indulgence and experimentation than the recent albums. Read more
Published on July 26 2002 by jaf
5.0 out of 5 stars sickness
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 more
Published on July 10 2002 by David M Sinkovits
4.0 out of 5 stars Luna - always good, sometimes great. This time it's good.
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 more
Published on July 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Give Me Luna Or Give Me Death
I love Luna. I'll admit I'm prejudiced. I have been a fan for a long time. But I thought Luna could never top The Days Of Our Nights. I was wrong. Read more
Published on July 1 2002 by Steven Crouthers
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