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In the tradition of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, L'Avventura is a sly, silky, sexy, and romantic record. Singing together and apart, Dean and Britta have created a distinctive collection of originals and classic songs

With time marching relentlessly on and a gaggle of teen stars crowding you at every turn, what are maturing alt-rock cult heroes to do? If you're the nouveau team of Luna's Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham, you recruit veteran producer Tony Visconti and cut an album of originals and idiosyncratic, if nigh-perfect cover choices both familiar (Madonna's "I Deserve It," Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Moonshot," the Doors' "Indian Summer") and obscure (Angel Corpus Christi's regretful "Threw it Away," Silver Jews' "Random Rules") that evoke a couple decade's worth of artful sophistication, infused with a beautifully understated, ironic sense of Euro-detachment that evokes Edith Piaf as much as it does the Velvet Underground. Those smart sensibilities--be it the gorgeous, dreamy vocal somnambulism of Phillips's "Out Walking" or the deadpan Wareham brings to the droll wordplay of "Ginger Snaps" or harmonizing with his partner on the lush, string-backed "Night Nurse"--are crucially abetted by producer Visconti, who wraps their airy, detached voices in spare, sparkling settings that invoke everything from Parisian cabaret to Warhol's glory days and beyond, weaving a sophisticated tapestry of art-rock that's as deceptively laconic as it is day-dreamy evocative. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Night Nurse
  2. Ginger Snaps
  3. I Deserve It
  4. Out Walking
  5. Moonshot
  6. Hear The Wind Blow
  7. Your Baby
  8. Threw It Away
  9. Knives From Bavaria
  10. Random Rules
  11. Indian Summer

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B0000996I0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Sullivan on June 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's not a bad song on here. That said, there are definitely some highlights. My favorites, after about 10 listens, are the Buffy St. Marie cover, "Moonshot," and the Opal cover "Hear the Wind Blow." These two really stand out and are just really beautiful. "Moonshot" is downright inspiring to me. I also really enjoy the mystery of "Knives from Bavaria," and "Night Nurse" is a great opener.
When I read the pre-press about what Dean and Britta would be covering, I could not believe they'd chosen "Indian Summer" to be included--it may be the most beautiful of any songs the Doors ever recorded. I can remember listening to that song repeatedly as a junior in high school and feeling that I was in love for the first time. Here, it's obviously not the same, 'cause Dean just doesn't have the depth of Morrison's voice, or the sort of drug and alcohol-induced detachment, I'd say, but it's still good. In keeping with the Doors' original, it still sounds ceremonial with the maracas and the subtle wall of sound at the chorus.
"Random Rules" is one of my favorite songs off American Water by the Silver Jews, and this song was another reason I had to pick up this album. Just to hear how Dean would do it. At first, I missed the trumpet from the original, but I got over it. This version's a bit more laid back than Dave Berman's, and Dean's definitely put his own spin on it in that way. There's just not the same desperation as in the original. Or the dryness.
Luna fans will probably like this album. Although some people are saying it's a progression from Romantica, it is definitely not a Luna album. Tony Visconti's strings are prominent on several tracks, there's not the level of guitar involvement Dean would normally enlist from himself and Sean Eden, and Britta's role is enlarged here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gentry on June 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"L'Avventura is a soundtrack to get lucky to, a record to fall in love with, filled with songs of infatuation, desire, addiction, regret and bliss."
In the summer I often wake up early in the morning, have a big bowl of Wheaties and orange juice, throw on some shorts and a tee, and hop on my bike with backpack around my shoulders. There is a small preservation with biking and walking trails around a lake some miles away that is absolutely breathtaking in the spring and summer months with its abundance of vibrant foliage. I specifically remember listening to God is My Co-Pilot's I Am Not This Body on one memorable trek from last summer. Not what you would consider a typical "summer" album, but nevertheless, it still conjures up affections from that early morning.
A more appropriate soundtrack to this year's dog day roving is Luna frontman Dean Wareham, and newly acquired (2000) bassist Britta Phillips' collaboration album L'Avventura (Italian for The Adventure). Comprised of covers, duets, and originals penned by both artists, L'Avventura fails to live up to expectations set by Wareham and Phillips' pairing on "Mermaid Eyes" from Luna's 2002 Romantica album. Despite its billing as a duet album, you wouldn't able to tell it from track three on.
Producer Tony Visconti's (T.Rex., David Bowie) dreamy string arrangement opens the duet "Night Nurse" which features Wareham making love-letter proclamations to Phillips ("You make the ice melt / The butter run / You make the ink stain / You are the one") who reciprocates with affirmation ("I am the night nurse / I am the most / I am the visitor / You are the host") -- there is beauty in its sappiness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Dodge on June 7, 2003
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I highly recommend this effort by Dean and Britta. It is very good. I'm not much for describing music, so I suggest you take a listen to the audio clips on this site. If you are not familiar with Luna, where Dean and Britta are current members, may I suggest Luna's offical website. There are tour dates there for L'Avventura. I bring a biased opionion to this review since I am a huge Luna fan. I have roamed around looking for new Luna music since I first found this band years ago when they opened for Lou Reed. We'll, all I can say is buy this CD and enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
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I've been anticipating this album for quite a long time, and it certainly lived up to my expectations. I mean, we all know that Luna is a great band, so a collaboration between Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips was sure to be quite a treat. And with Tony Visconti as the producer, there was no way that "l'avventura" could be anyththing short of great. "Ginger Snaps," and "Night Nurse are pop perfection. Whenver i listen to them, no matter how i am feeling, they cheer me up. There is just something about the airy softness of Britta's voice next to Dean's deeper voice that makes this duet irresistable. If that hasn't peaked your interest enough, then I'll leave you with this: dean sings vocals on the Madonna cover "I Deserve it."
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pop Kulcher on July 15, 2003
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Pop Kulcher Review: This is a spin-off of sorts, featuring Luna frontman Dean Wareham sharing vocal chores with Luna bassist Britta Phillips. Not surprisingly, since it comes from half of Luna, it sounds like -- well, half of Luna. Whereas Luna (at least on the last few albums) has been largely divided between spacey, VU-esque psychedelic drones and French-lounge romantic ballads, Wareham & Phillips forego the former elements and go entirely with the latter. To put it a bit more bluntly, this is sex music. Unabashed, charming, music for getting busy. After a few spins, I haven't really come up with any particular tracks I found memorable or single-worthy (even the worst Luna albums have a handful of truly catchy ditties) -- though the two tracks featuring both Dean & Britta trading vocals stand out a bit -- and a few of these are unnecessarily dull. But listened to as a whole, it really does make you want to break out the candles and get friendly. Dean lets Britta share the vocal duties with him, and her sensually sweet pipes (sadly underutilized as backing vox on Luna's albums) compliment his distinctive nasal-drony lilt nicely. Not an essential part of the Luna canon, and, like their last few long-players, makes me long for the crackling-guitar sound of their earlier work. But it stands up fairly well on its own, and will appeal to Luna fans and horny people generally.
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