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Romantica

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You've got to credit Dean Wareham--he knows what he does best. On Luna's sixth studio album, the former Galaxie 500 singer-songwriter continues to mine inspiration from the same triumvirate of moody guitar bands he has always coveted: Television, the Velvet Underground, and the Soft Machine. But it's hard to complain when the results are as engaging and euphoric as Romantica. Buoyed by chiming chords, sweeping melodies, and that distinctive soft-focus voice, songs like "Black Champagne" and "Rememories" are among some of his finest compositions to date. On the latter, Wareham sings, "It's been a long long long..." But with him, the journey has rarely been dull. --Aidin Vaziri

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lovedust
  2. Weird And Woozy
  3. Black Postcards
  4. Black Champagne
  5. Swedish Fish
  6. Renee Is Crying
  7. Mermaid Eyes
  8. 1995
  9. Rememories
  10. Dizzy
  11. Orange Peel
  12. Romantica


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B000063IV1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andrew Haldane on April 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I should preface my review by noting that I have been totally enamored with Luna since I saw the Slash Your Tires video very late at night on MTV in 1992 - they could cover a Barry Manilow album and I would give it 4 stars.
That being said, Romantica is simply beautiful. As good as their finest - 1997's Penthouse? I'm not sure that one is better than the other. Romantica's songs, with a few exceptions, are simpler, lighter, more infectious and perhaps more accessible than previous Luna offerings. They've stripped away a few layers without losing their celestial sound and the result is pop perfection on songs like Lovedust, Renee is Crying, Mermaid Eyes and Black Postcards. 1995 rocks out like no Luna song has done before. Britta Phillips is a welcome addition and complements Dean's voice well, and Dean finally sounds completely comfortable with his unique voice. The clever, wry and sometimes goofy lyrics (I could look at your face for oodles and oodles) and virtuoso guitars are still there, but there's a sentimentality and tenderness that was previously absent (although I never realized it was missing). It's good to know the best band around still has a few aces up their sleeve. Buy it and enjoy!
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This is an awesome album. I have only recently begun listening to Luna, but I fell in love with this band right away. Romantica is consistently beautiful. From bittersweet pop ballads to classic guitar-based tunes, Luna delivers sumptuous, addictive melodies. Rarely does an album deliver 3 good songs, but this one has at least 6-7 solid tracks. My peronal favorites include the irresistible, tranquil "Mermaid Eyes," and mellow "Black Champagne," as well as the playfulness of "1995." With minimalist lyrics and simple, harmonious rock, Luna creates a perfect album.
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Arrived quickly in perfect condition. Maybe not as strong as some of their other releases, but the more I listen, the stronger it gets. Not bad, for sure.
The Velvet Underground influence is still there on some tracks, and that's always good. Even if you like Luna just a bit, this will satisfy, and the price is right, too.
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No, Luna will never be The Velvet Underground. For one thing, they wear their influences too lightly to really sound like the Velvets (or anybody else). Which doesn't mean they aren't capable of greatness, as their 1995 release "Penthouse" effortlessly demonstrated. "Romantica" is similarly well-crafted, with whimsical lyric touches that still make me smile after repeated spins. New bass player/singer Britta Phillips adds a pragmatic counterpoint to her duets with Dean Wearham that perfectly balances his goofy romanticism. And the guitar work is, as always, without peer in alt rock.
If it sounds like I like this record, I DO! The problem is that I can't quite love it. For one thing, it sounds exhausted at times (try "Rememories," which is lovely but sooo sloooow). And just when you expect the guitars to soar--as on the luminous "Black Champagne" (my fave cut)--somebody hits the fader! In fact, all through the disc you can hear Luna chaffing against what must have been a pretty tight recording schedule.
If you're a Luna fan, you already own "Romantica." If you're just discovering them, start with "Penthouse," but buy this one, too. Hopefully, they'll sell enough copies of both to finance more recording time on the next album! Could be a great one.
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I'd read reviews from other devotees saying that the band had wandered off course with the last couple of albums, and i figured it was sour grapes. well, not so. i think romantica is a good example of luna just not having the spontaneity and the group energy they used to. the songs here are less guitar driven, less jam-oriented, less floaty and ethereal -- and more "written." the quirky, wry humor is now winky and calculated. everything seems more pop oriented. and a lot of the songs sound the same. rememories and orange peel both seem kind of pointless. mermaid eyes is weak. renee is crying is too cute. and black champagne has strings that are just yucky. still, there are things to like here. black postcards, dizzy and 1995 are standouts.
nothing on romantica really [stinks]. and even an off album by luna is better than 95% of the [stuff] you hear on the radio. is romantica a waste of money? no. but if you're trying luna for the first time, buy bewitched, penthouse, or luna live. those are albums that show the magic of which luna is -- or was -- capable.
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Luna is one of the great holdovers from a different era (early 90's), when the climate was nicer and the world more receptive to the psychedelic-Velvet-inspired-indie rock of which they have reigned supreme for over a decade. They haven't changed their style dramatically, if at all, since their first album, Lunapark. And that is very much a good thing. Where bands today are tripping overthemselves to deliver [junk] to the masses - Luna are the steady rudders in this tumultuous world of music - consistantly delivering beautiful hooks, droning guitars, hypnotic bass lines with a clever sense of humor. Romantica holds true to this grand tradition. Their best effort since '95's Penthouse. Romantica rocks. It sways. It swoons. Tuneful standouts are "Lovedust", "Black postcards" "Black Champagne" and "1995." But really, it's all good. Which is why you should listen. Get on the bus.
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