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"Rendezvous," the latest jewel in the crown of New York City alt-rock royalty Luna, also proves to be their most brilliant.

Luna’s allegedly last studio album is astonishing, their best since 1995’s Penthouse. The band has arrived at a pleasant, Television-on-xanax variant of indie-rock that’s so smart, sexy, and sophisticated, it threatens to melt right into the background. As befits a group thinking of (their own) empire, Luna revisits one of their best songs, "Astronaut." Like the rest of the album, here it’s leaner, stronger, and slower, while "Malibu" and "Owl" display some of the finest, melodic and stripped-down guitar playing since the Feelies’ heyday. Much of what helps raise Luna from pretty sonic wallpaper are Wareham’s lyrics. Delivered in a stylish deadpan, Wareham’s words seem to owe much to New York School poets like John Ashbery, Joe Brainard, and, of course Lou Reed. But while "Star Spangled Man" is a great song whose lyrics are composed at least partly of stolen song titles ("tell me something good," "unknown pleasures")--is it great because of or in spite of the horrible, horrible pun "Chairman Mouse"? We shall leave it to grad students of the future to decide. --Mike McGonigal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Malibu Love Nest
  2. Cindy Tastes Of Barbecue
  3. Speedbumps
  4. The Owl & The Pussycat
  5. Astronaut
  6. Broken Chair
  7. Star-Spangled Man
  8. Motel Bambi
  9. Still At Home
  10. Buffalo Boots
  11. Rainbow Babe

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B00031R6US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rendezvous marks the end of an era of beautiful, dreamy music from the highly underrated band Luna. After their early 2005 farewell tour, Luna will no longer exist. This album is amazing and nearly perfect in every way. The songs range from beat driven, energetic tracks like Speedbumps and Astronaut, to sweet and languid tunes like Cindy Tastes of Barbecue and Star Spangled Man.

One of the highlights of this album are the two songs written by guitarist Sean Eden, who provides lead vocals for the first and last time on a Luna album. Broken Chair and Still at Home sound somewhat different than typical Luna, but are beautiful and feature the amazing guitar work that has become synonymous with the band.

If you have never listened to Luna before, I highly recommend this album, as well as their third release Penthouse. These two albums are Luna at their finest.
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The conventional wisdom on Luna is that their artistic peak was around "Penthouse" or "Bewitched", and that their other releases are a mixed bag not as worth pursuing. As a true, unabashed Luna fanatic, I feel this is hogwash. As much as I love those two releases, much of Dean Wareham's best and underappreciated work is contained on such less heralded releases as the experimental "Pup Tent", the vastly underrated "Days of Our Nights" (a personal fave) and the lush, unashamedly romantic (by Luna standards mind you) "Romantica". See, my contention is that, from "Lunapark" onward, they have only gotten better with each successive release. A rarity in bands nowadays to be sure.

Having said that, this their final swansong (so they say) is as sublime as prime Luna gets, and is quite possibly their most consistently brilliant disc to date. As criminally under appreciated as they have been all their career, even mainstream critics have had to cop to the sheer blissful beauty that is "Rendezvous". Favoring a stripped-down back to basics approach, it's everything Luna should be: mysterious, witty, sexy, poignant, deep, celestial and delicious. Like Luna's best work, it's as comfortable as a chat with an old friend, yet so fresh and nuanced that it gets better with repeated listenings. Wareham's poetically absurd yet touching lyrics are the key as usual. His secret is never coming off as too snide or pleased with himself, or just plain sarcastic as many in this genre can. He's an artsy fartsy New York hipster who's never too cool bear his sensitive, tender heart.
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A 100% must have for any fan. It sounds a bit different than previous CD's. There's a pleasant bassy-guitar sound in most of the tracks that makes them sound warmer and more "live" than usual. The vocal tracks are also pushed up to the front -- again a good thing because the lyrics are great.

Why isnt this CD their best? There's a few tracks that are too quiet and drowsy-sounding for my tastes, but they aren't so bad. I'm thinking of The Owl and Pussycat, Broken Chair, and Motel Bambi. The falsetto voice in Broken Chair I could do without.

All of the other tracks are top-rate. Still at Home is a great track that builds nicely. Buffalo Boots drives forward with great guitar-work and drums. Cindy Tastes of BBQ is classic Luna -- ironic, witty and intelligent. The re-do of Astronaut has the warmer guitar-sound that all of the other tracks have, and it is a fine revision of one of Luna's best "pop" songs.

Luna is a great band and I am speechess that this will be their last CD. They'll never find this chemistry again if they disperse to other bands.
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Pop Kulcher Review: After 13 or so years, Luna is apparently calling it quits. I'm not sure if it's out of respect for this great band that many critics have raved about Rendezvous, purportedly their final album, but, alas, I've gotta say I find it only on par with recent efforts -- in other words, pefectly fine, but not up to the standards set by their first 4 albums. The first half of the band's existence was fantastic, a nice mix of Velvety drones and post-R.E.M. murky indie jangle hooks and retro-60s psychedelic grooves, but since their peak with 1995's Penthouse (and 1997's underrated Pup Tent), there's been a real lack of edge to their work. The more catchy pop tunes have been replaced by a languid, sexy groove -- many fine moments to play in the background while popping a bottle of champagne in a dark room, but not a lot of songs you'd be inclined to pay a lot of attention to -- and that same feel pervades much of Rendezvous. That's not to say it isn't a good album; Wareham's Reed-like sung-spoken warble can still captivate, and a few hooks do rise to the surface (i.e. the chipper "Malibu Love Nest" and "Astronaut," the simple guitar-driven "Buffalo Boots," the rocking "Speedbumps"). And this may appeal more to fans of Wareham's earlier band Galaxie 500 -- like much of that band's work, many of these songs start with a simple, understated verse/chorus structure and then veer into crescendoing trippy guitar raves. Unfortunately, the better moments are diluted by a couple contributions from guitarist Sean Eden; his songs aren't bad, but lack Wareham's distinctive style. Bottom line -- longtime fans will find moments here to love, but casual listeners or newbies should stick with Luna's glory days.
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