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"Shimmers," see Amazon reviewer above, is a good word for the music; seamless would be another. And Wareham's voice is another instrument in the mix, sometimes lulling, sometimes quietly desperate. Or think of water, this music flows you along from one cut to the next, and in the time it takes you to surface from the cut just ended, a new one has begun. I don't know of another CD where I've been less aware of the blank seconds between cuts than on this one.
Specifics? Comparisons? The closest sound I know is some of the quieter Yo La Tengo.Read more ›
I was set for this release by Luna, what I wasn’t set for was the quality of the music found on Penthouse. The songs have great hooks, they build slowly, they draw you in and then from the middle of the songs they begin the process again, becoming ever more deep, more layered, more complex, and more exciting, until they gently set you down comfortably ... only to start the process all over again with the next number.
At the show, just prior to this release, quicksilver guitars rush and seem to roar without volume. The guy I’m standing next to at the bar mutters out of the corner of his mouth, “I don’t know what they're saying ... but I hate it anyway.” I had the feeling that not only the audience, but the band as well, were wondering if they were in the right place ... they’d been living on a diet of stale cigarettes and warm beer, and today they were not in the same time zone they were yesterday. Welcome to “Chinatown,” the leadoff track of the album Penthouse.
Dean Wareham, who has a penchant for effulgent guitar solos, also wears his mordant wit on his sleeve full time. Even talking to him requires shifting gears to run in his orbit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this CD based on the cover photo, and the fact that I'd seen "Penthouse" listed on one "Top 100" list or another, though I'd never heard their music. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Notebooker
Luna's best. It's got that choppy Velvet Underground thing but smoothed out. If you're interested in Luna but are not sure, this is the album to start with.Published on July 24, 2014 by Christopher Fountas
I have owned this album since it was released and have consistently hated it ever since. Of all 4000+ albums I own, this one is definitely in the bottom 1%. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Brian Egras
i love this CD. i love this music. Luna is the best underground band I know of-- i like all of their CDs. More music-lovers should know about Luna. they rock.Published on August 30, 2009 by E. Headley
"Taste" is what governs whether you love Luna OR NOT. Listen for yourself. I did, and now i have ALL but one of the LUNA albums. Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by radioh
I'm sorry, but all the other reviewers must be friends with the band. I thought that the music itself was barely ok, but the vocals were just awful.Published on March 30, 2009 by antinul
The opening 'Chinatown' and centerpiece '23 Minutes In Brussels' are classics that are entirely worthy of the full album's price. Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by K. W. Schreiter
I am 36 now. When I first heard this album was right about when it came out. I must have been 24 or 25. My time flies. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by catsmiau