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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!
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.
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.
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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This a sparkling and lovely album filled with tiny sparks of pure bliss...slightly less streetwise than their masterful "Penthouse", but just as terrific... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by ethersea
I didn't enjoy this album as much as "Bewitched", but I still liked it. It's a bit uptempo compared to that album. The song "Black Postcards" is a highlight for me.Published on November 6, 2010 by mock5turtle
Romantica may be a tad uneven, but it has 'Mermaid Eyes' and 'Orange Peel.' Worthwhile album for any Luna fan, 4/5 stars.Published on May 25, 2009 by hallogallo
This is a great cd---I'm an older guy that loves this cd..I always play this at deck Barb B Q's. It's a classicPublished on November 19, 2007 by Brad Vanek
After a bit of a drop off with the last 2 CDs, Luna is back and sounding strong. Although not on par with Bewitched [my fave] or Penthouse, it is next in line. Read morePublished on March 9, 2005 by jjp
This cd strikes a new low point in Luna's recording career. It's definitely not the same band that put out Penthouse and Pup Tent--both great cds. Read morePublished on November 29, 2003
I was listening to this record while enjoying a ham on rye with spicy mustard. The melodies and lyrics made me put down my sandwich and really listen. Read morePublished on May 6, 2003 by Tony Chernoff
Well, my friends it been a while. After buying "Pup Tent" and getting turned off to it's discordant jangling rather quickly, I passed on the last two albums. Read morePublished on December 18, 2002