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Then, Luna evolved, began sounding more like, well, Luna, and became a really good jam band. At the end of their run, they had more of a late Tom Verlaine sound than early Lou Reed sound (if I recall correctly, Mr. Television did, in fact contribute to some of Luna's later records), and Britta's influence became more pronounced.
Dean and Britta's first album is drop dead gorgeous, and served as a soundtrack for the entire lazy summer of 2003. It still sounds great now. I sent that record to a friend of mine, who sent me an email commenting "it's really mellow, but great". I replied something to the effect that's about what you can expect from a couple who write songs about Valium by the seaside, and themes along those lines.
I've only given "Back Numbers" a couple of spins, but so far, the mellow psilocybin trend continues. Oddly, itunes puts in the "easy listening" category. I think that's far too simplistic of a description, since there's a lot going on below the "easy listening" part if you just pay attention, but, you can also put this on as background music.
Echoes of Lou Reed and Tina Weymouth abound, but the album continues developing what's becoming that unique Dean and Britta sound.
Summer is just around the corner. "Back numbers" is already a strong candidate to become the soundtrack for the (hopefully just as lazy) summer of 2007.
Not quite Luna, but I guess that's the point, isn't it?
Oh, and here's a bonus - Be sure to catch them on tour - the material from Back Numbers sounds great live, and their earlier Dean & Britta standards (Ginger Snaps, Night Nurse, Knives from Bavaria) really come alive in concert. Plus you'll get a couple of Luna and Galaxie 500 numbers.
"Back Numbers" (11 tracks, 44 min.) brings quite a departure from the Luna sound, and that should not come as a surprise. The album brings a more laid-back sound (with again famed producer Tony Visconti at the helm, he produced Luna on at least one album that I can remember, and also Dean & Britta's first album), but with mostly excellent results. There is a mix of originals and about 3-4 excellent covers, including Lee Hazlewood's "You Turned My Head Around", my favorite track on the album, but also Donovan's "Teen Angel", another great track. Other highlights on the album for me include "Words You Used To Say" and "The Sun Is Still Sunny", just outstanding. The album flows great from track to track, and at 44 min. you'll find yourself playing this again and again.
In all, I am loving this album. I'd love to see Dean & Britta in concert bringing these songs in a live setting. Not sure that they do a lot of touring these days (particulary with Dean's newly-found attention with his critically well-received memoir), but one can only hope.
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Dean and Britta produce another beautiful album together.
Makes the perfect complement to a chill evening with dinner and wine.
The music sets the mood.
Wow, This one caught me by surprise. I friggin love this record. It's dreamy, mellow, intelligent, psychedelic goodness. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by GMS144
I just love this CD. These guys are genius and there isn't anything else quite like it out there. Guaranteed enjoyment from start to finish.Published on November 13, 2009 by J. Marsh
There's some outstanding stuff here, particularly Singer Sing, Crystal Blue R.I.P., and The Sun Is Still Sunny. Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by lawgiver4feh
I've been a Luna fan for a long time -- they basically ushered me through college in the 1990s, and I was there for their last show. Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by D. Tannenbaum
Play this on the laptop through iTunes and the genre comes up as "easy listening". In fact, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips were half of alt-rock favourites Luna who folded in... Read morePublished on June 20, 2007 by Stephen Saunders
This CD is a solid set of songs that maintains continuity throughout, a rarity these days. A caveat however is that one person's "understated" is another's "boring". Read morePublished on May 1, 2007 by Invisigoth
Great follow up to L'Aventura which was a personal favorite from say the past five years. Back Numbers picks it right back up and sounds like Mazzy Star on Prozac. Read morePublished on April 20, 2007 by JBT