Simply put, without the Velvet Underground, the modern rock of the 1990s may not have happened. And while the death of Sterling Morrison (who makes an appearance on here) put to rest any hopes of a VU reunion album, younger music fans like myself can easily see the VU's influence in a fellow New York band called Luna. BEWITCHED is the place to start for those new to Luna. Dean Wareham is a soundalike dead ringer for Lou Reed, proving once again that carrying a tune is no longer a requirement in pop music. While VU's music was drenched in feedback, Luna concentrates on acoustics and melody, therefore sounding more mature and folky. Songs like "This Time Around", "Tiger Lily", and "I Know You Tried" are beautifully sung and played acoustic songs that could almost qualify as Velvet Underground unplugged. Like I mentioned before, the late great Sterling Morrison contributes some tasty guitar work on "Friendly Advice" and "Great Jones Street", two songs that sound like VU outtakes, and wonderfully so. I know Luna has done a whole lot more than just BEWITCHED, but this album was the one I picked up first, and I'm sure it's the best one to get acquainted with first. The Velvet Underground torch has been passed on to Luna, and with albums like BEWITCHED, I hope they'll carry it proudly.