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Days of Our Nights

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Founded by former members of alt-rock godhead bands the Feelies, Galaxie 500, and the Chills, Luna manages to fold the best elements of those bands into their own batter: the Feelies' crazy rhythms, Galaxie 500's roomy, rainy-day vibe, and the Chills' spaced-out jangle. Beside the best of Luna's oeuvre (Bewitched and Penthouse), The Days of Our Nights is a fairly innocuous affair, with Luna's trademark lilting tunes, ambling, melodic bass lines, and metronomic drums adding nothing to the conversation. That said, there is no denying that Dean Wareham has developed into a fantastic, quirky, and completely original guitarist; indeed, his guitar, at times blistering, at others whispering, supplies Days with its finest moments. Funny to think that Wareham, who is most infamous for his wry, witty, and sometimes bratty lyricism, turns out to be a guitar hero. On "Words Without Wrinkles" he lays a searing and heartfelt solo above a Sterling Morrisonesque rhythm shuffle and a whistling melody. On "The Rustler" he trades a wavery-delicate guitar run with a souring cello. At times he reminds one of Peter Frampton, whose expressive, conversational guitar lines are entirely underrated. However, The Days of Our Nights will probably be most remembered for its cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine," and it really is an inspired cover, delving to the tender core of the song that Axl Rose's histrionics completely overshadowed. --Tod Nelson
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jericho
  • ASIN: B000021XSA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have been a Luna convert for just over a year now. I have not so much listened to this wondrous music so much as it now subconsciously underscores my best moments, my best days. If you are over 35 (as i am) and are frightened silly by buying NewMusic...well, my god, have you got a pleasant surprise coming. I am in the minority of Luna fans in that I thought 1997's Pup Tent was terrific, granted, not up to the majesty (yes i did use that word, yes i did mean that)of Penthouse and Bewitched.A coming of age as a band, a playful, relaxed work. And The Days of Our Nights is pure Luna-pop-hypnotic-serotonin-enriched-sonic-hummable-bliss. Buy it. Listen to it. Reserve Judgement until the 5th or 6th listen, and then when You love it,too, buy all their releases and you'll understand why this forty-year-old is once again(thank God) excited and giddy about a rockandroll band. And ain't that the whole Point?
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By A Customer on November 14, 1999
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Having stumbled into Luna via the CD "Penthouse" I quickly became a big fan of their music. That CD I listened to incessantly for a long time. For a while, I moved on to other things, but kept coming back on occasion for a refresher.
"Days of our Nights" did take me a few listens to finally embrace the subtle brilliance of this recording. I wasn't too thrilled with "Pup Tent" and was a bit leery of purchasing this one. However, hearing good things and wishing to give them another chance, I purchased it. The initial listen proved a bit disappointing, but subsequent sessions proved to be enlightening and pulled me in. As a guitar player, I appreciate Dean Wareham's and Sean Eden's sonic forays as well as sometimes downright beautiful playing (Words Without Wrinkles, Slow Song, and Sweet Child O' Mine).
The song, 4,000 Days refuses to leave my head and I can be found humming it to myself frequently. Many of the songs will take you over and the finely crafted tunes will stick with you for a long time, creating the need to go back and listen many times (if only to satisfy the need to remove the song from your psyche, or further imbed it).
Check it out. and buy other Luna as well.
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Pop Kulcher Review: Luna's fifth full-length album had a difficult birth. Almost immediately after the album hit the UK, Luna found itself dropped by its US label (Elektra). Finally, after several months in limbo, the album finally found a distributor (Jericho) and found its way into the States. Worth the wait? Sadly, no. Most of Luna's mid-tempo, moody psychedelic jangle takes awhile to sink in, so this one may grow on me (as prior albums have). But after a few early listens, I'm a bit let down. As on most of their prior work (with the exception of the more upbeat, poppy 1992 debut Lunapark), Luna's jam-heavy melodies have a tendency towards repetition. What kept prior albums from getting dull was the appearance of an occasional killer hook, blazing guitar interjection, or unforgettably melodic chorus. Even 1997's Pup Tent, despite some lackluster songs, found the band breaking up the potential monotony with some quirky vocal lines or interesting sonic experimentation. Here, though, the monotony does kick in. Oddly enough, the album leads off with some of its weaker tracks; only in the middle of the album does the band hit its stride, with a few tracks ("Seven Steps to Satan," "Superfreaky Memories," "Math Wiz") standing out from the lazy groove that permeates the album. Perhaps most telling is the fact that the band takes Guns 'n' Roses' "Sweet Child Of Mine" and turns it into yet another chunk of relaxing background music indistinguishable from the rest of the album. Don't get me wrong; Luna continues to be the top purveyor of mellow guitar psychedelia kicking around the scene, and this will go down just fine with a pair of headphones and the relaxant of your choice. But if you're looking for tunes that might kick around your head long after the album's over, stick with their earlier work.
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Elektra records must not have known what they had when they dropped Luna last year. Well, they do now, because I e-mailed them and filled them in ;) The group continues to impress me with their mixture of intelligent lyrics, incredible guitar work, and a great "mood" covering it all up to create one hell of a concoction. I've been a fan since their first release...seen them live numerous times, and for the life of me, can't understand why they're not a raging success. I guess I should ask Elektra, huh ?
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By A Customer on February 9, 2000
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This record is another example of how great Luna is. The record starts with a rocking bang and grooves it way through several moods and styles until it's end. The songwriting is great - the record has that classic dreamy sound blended with sheer rocking that Luna is so excellent at. Luna is one of the most under-appreciated bands around right now, "Days of Our Nights" is proof of it. All of Luna's records are worth a listen!
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I've listened to Luna for a while, Bewitched was my fave, until now- Something just clicked with me and this album, every song is memorable- I am confused by the mixed reviews that it's getting from people who love the band-
I've been listening to it non-stop since I got it-
to me it stands with Bewitched and Penthouse as there best
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