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Close Cover Before Striking [Enhanced, EP, Limited Edition]

LunaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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In the wake of the rather acrimonious breakup of his previous band, Galaxie 500, singer/guitarist Dean Wareham issued a 1991 solo EP, Anesthesia, and appeared on the brilliant Mercury Rev single "Car Wash Hair" before announcing the formation of a new band, dubbed Luna, in 1992. Originally named Luna 2, the trio was a kind of alternative pop supergroup ... Read more in Amazon's Luna Store

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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, EP, Limited Edition
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B00006L3IP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Luna's Best... December 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The EP "Close Cover Before Striking" is Luna's best recorded work in quite a number of years. The band's last few studio releases have seemed at times to suffer from apparent fatigue, but this time out they've come up with a batch of winners augmented by a killer cover of The Rolling Stones's "Waiting on a Friend." And if Dean Wareham will never be mistaken for Mick Jagger as a singer, well, with Luna the vocals hardly the point. The warm, lush Velvet Underground-like arrangement makes the song sound like a Luna original.
Perhaps inspired by this performance, Wareham and company sound fully engaged for the rest of the album. It's hard to pick favorites because the best Luna material is all about establishing an album's length mood, but other standout cuts include "Teenage Lightning," the instrumental "Drunken Whistler" (and some of the band's best ever guitar work) and "Neon Lights." Unlike other recent Luna works, however, it is a pleasure to report that there's not a clunker in the mix. In this the EP's breveity could also be considered its strongest virtue.
Overall, an excellent surprise EP release from a durable alternative rock band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars open this cover! January 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After releasing a descent record in April of 2002, Luna return with the near flawless "Close Cover Before Striking". The L.P. is the perfect soundtrack for a lonley rainy night, when images of old loves and regrets flow in and out of the mind. "Teenage Lightning" stands out as the L.P.'s best track. The covers are both as flawless as the originals were. However, with Luna, the songs are just an excuse to show off the guitars. They flow in and out of each other like trained acrobats on a high wire act. Dean's lyrics are often funny, and touching, yet very very effective. He finds the quirky language that runs through our minds. Finally a L.P. that is worhty enough to stand next to their albulm "Penthouse"
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5.0 out of 5 stars luna lunacy legacy August 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
after watching the 'tell me do you miss me' dvd of luna's brilliant farewell closing, i was yearning for yet another fix. i found it with 'close cover before striking'. dreamy version of 'waiting on a friend' by the rolling stones, then songs 4 through 7 sends the listener into a dream-like catatonic state of audible bliss. this brief cd showcases in 7 songs the luna legacy that will be deeply missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice December 24, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I was disappointed with Romantica but this ep is great and makes up for that rather lackluster longplayer. If you haven't heard Luna before, they've got a unique slightly trippy sound that can really hook you in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars (Expletive Deleted)!! January 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had to edit my own title , because I get so excited every time a new Luna CD comes out. This EP is fantastic. I will always be a fan of these guys. They write the best honest-funny-ironic-weary songs around. Luna has that sound that I love, a guitar band that doesn't bludgeon you with them. The guitar work here is cohesive as always. Solos tasteful, melodic always. Songwriting is A plus as usual. The Stones cover is really languid and cool. The instrumental is good too. This EP sounds like they made it in a loft late at night jamming after hours. Make sure you catch these guys live sometime. All hail , Luna!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roomy CD for your Sunday mornings October 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Now, this is a really nice CD. Must be listened to with a nice pair of headphones. Once you do that you will understand why I believe that this CD is truly a gift to the senses. Its lyrics are subtle while cynic. Its sound is minimalist while not simple. I think that the word that best describes this CD is roomy -it allows you to breath in it-. Definitely not for the hypersaturated pop airheads unless they're really trying to make a change. This one is for people that loves to have their Sunday morning coffee -or tea- hot and strong and having a good relax session with a nice pair of socks on. So, if you need that kind of music for your Sunday mornings, grab this one. Give it a chance. It is worth it. So, check this out. Enjoy.
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