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  • Audio CD (March 1, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: March 1, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On its second Elektra album, Bewitched, Luna lost the silly tiny "squared" symbol after its name and gained a second guitarist: Sean Eden joins former Galaxie 500 leader Dean Wareham, Chills bassist Justin Harwood, and Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski. This time, the result is less the tentative, slightly disjointed work of an (ahem) alternative supergroup than the product of a tasteful psychedelic rock band specializing in stylish restraint and a distinctive, clean, and crisp guitar and drum sound. Luna doesn't deny its influences: Demeski brings the Feelies' trademark crazy rhythm to any project he joins, and while Wareham used to squirm whenever he was asked about Galaxie 500's obvious debt to the Velvet Underground, he now underlines the connection by inviting Sterling Morrison to guest on two tracks. --Jim DeRogatis

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The guitar work is clearly inspired, and they have a tone that is mood elevating as it is also melancholy.....I love this band!!!!!
Kirstie8
I know Luna has done a whole lot more than just BEWITCHED, but this album was the one I picked up first, and I'm sure it's the best one to get acquainted with first.
34-year old wallflower
Any rock fan would be remiss in not owning "Bewitched" and "Penthouse" which are full of some of Luna's most inspired compositions.
AKP

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Very few bands put off the same vibe as does Luna. Particularly on Bewitched, I think Luna begins to define their own sound as sort of a dreamy, sleepy indie-pop. Don't get me wrong, though--this album won't put you to sleep. Lead singer Dean Wareham is a brilliant, quirky lyricist who paints such lovely, real pictures of everyday situations. You know, the conversations and moments that aren't easily put into words. And along with these unique observations come extraordinary sound. This recording is so crisp and clean--from the opening reverb-soaked riff of "California All the Way" to the jazzy, vibraphone tones of "Sleeping Pill." The standout tracks are "California...","Tiger Lily", and "Bewitched". I think I like these the most because Luna doesn't wear its Velvet Underground influence on its sleeve as plainly on these songs.
So, to get the full effect of "Bewitched," I recommend you save a listen for a cool, rainy day in June. Open the windows a little, but stay in a reclined or comfortably seated position. Wear headphones, of course, and let the thick wall of textured sounds fill your ears...and be sure to listen to the lyrics...you'll be taken away to places and feelings that seem vaguely familiar.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By 34-year old wallflower on July 5, 2000
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Simply put, without the Velvet Underground, the modern rock of the 1990s may not have happened. And while the death of Sterling Morrison (who makes an appearance on here) put to rest any hopes of a VU reunion album, younger music fans like myself can easily see the VU's influence in a fellow New York band called Luna. BEWITCHED is the place to start for those new to Luna. Dean Wareham is a soundalike dead ringer for Lou Reed, proving once again that carrying a tune is no longer a requirement in pop music. While VU's music was drenched in feedback, Luna concentrates on acoustics and melody, therefore sounding more mature and folky. Songs like "This Time Around", "Tiger Lily", and "I Know You Tried" are beautifully sung and played acoustic songs that could almost qualify as Velvet Underground unplugged. Like I mentioned before, the late great Sterling Morrison contributes some tasty guitar work on "Friendly Advice" and "Great Jones Street", two songs that sound like VU outtakes, and wonderfully so. I know Luna has done a whole lot more than just BEWITCHED, but this album was the one I picked up first, and I'm sure it's the best one to get acquainted with first. The Velvet Underground torch has been passed on to Luna, and with albums like BEWITCHED, I hope they'll carry it proudly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By major music head on April 25, 2002
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this is one of those rare albums. every song is crafted and surprising and luscious. it captures luna at arguably their musical peak. it is the cd that beginners should try first and ardent fans never get tired of. and it makes you want to buy more luna albums.
i love this cd from beginning to end. but three songs in particular, tiger lily, friendly advice and bewitched, are so good that they made even my jaded ears feel like they were hearing rock and roll for the first time. the band sounds relaxed but tight; the lyrics have a wry, light touch; the music goes from groovy guitar jams to quiet reveries. i don't mean to gush, but you will be very happy you bought this cd. do it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kirstie8 on January 12, 2005
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A lot of folks who have reviewed this cd seem to like Penthouse more. I, on the other hand, put this alongside their latest and and final disc, Rendezvous as their most shimmery and addicting. Wareham's lyrics and delivery are beyond charming. The guitar work is clearly inspired, and they have a tone that is mood elevating as it is also melancholy.....I love this band!!!!! I had the good fortune to see this band live back in the late 90's (they opened for the Cocteau Twins), and alas, I didn't pay attention to their performance..........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2003
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This album is played, recorded, mastered, what-have-youed so perfectly that it blows my doors off every time. And that's almost an entire decade now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1998
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You've never heard such sweet, lustrous pop in you're entire life, I assure you. Trust me. From beginning to end Warham and crew layer the sounds in a tight melodic spiral until you are flying 5 miles above the earth. From my favorite lovesong of all time "Bewitched" to the catchiest alternapop track ever "California", you will be flying high with Luna again and again. I recommend all of their albums and DEFINITELY check out lead-singer Warham's former work with Galaxie 500. It'll sweetly rip into your ear drums and pull you into orbit at the speed of thrumming guitar strings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AKP on July 14, 2006
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It is my opinion that Luna was a great rock band and though "Lunapark" was a solid debut, their sophomore effort, "Bewitched", is more consistent and sounds more like a Luna album (enter: Sean Eden) rather than a polished version of Dean Wareham's previous band, Galaxie 500. By no means is "Bewitched" typical, or any of their albums for that matter, but here's where the band's legacy begins for me. Any rock fan would be remiss in not owning "Bewitched" and "Penthouse" which are full of some of Luna's most inspired compositions.

As you probably know, Luna have been frequently compared to the Velvet Underground, but don't let this comparison weigh too heavy in your judgment of them; they sound quite different. The comparison is not without merit as certain aspects of the music are influenced by the Velvets, from the minimalist chord patterns to the lead guitar tones, however, there are musical components that define Luna as a genuine band and not some knock-off, gimmicky kind of thing. Wareham is a talented writer and lyricist in his own right and really pulls the whole thing off. This is rock music and Luna ranks up there with the greats inasmuch as contributing to the tried-and-true standards of how rock and roll is done while doing it as only Luna could.

Fans of the Velvets should know that Sterling Morrison plays a scorching guitar solo on "Friendly Advice" but Wareham and Eden make it hard for the listener to tell where Sterling ends and they begin, obviously doing their best to impersonate his style. But what a treat! Other highlights include the hauntingly ethereal title-track, the trance-inducing beauty of "Sleeping Pill", as well as some of their most popular tunes like "California", "Tiger Lily" and "This Time Around".
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