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5.0 out of 5 stars Luna's masterpiece, 25 Jun 2002
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R. Gray "bhafc99" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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Luna's masterpiece. Though all of their albums are worth buying, this is the one you should (MUST!) have. An understated, gentle delight on first listen - shimmering guitars to die for, varied and lively rhythms, Dean's intimate and textured vocals - Penthouse will slowly grow on you. More and more layers, and finer and finer touches, emerge with each listen. I own over 800 albums and have no hesitation in naming this one of the best constructed, played and produced rock albums ever. And where else can you find a record where theremins (23 Minutes in Brussels) and French lyrics (the 'hidden' Bonnie & Clyde) work so perfectly?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Penthouse" is definitely one of the albums of the '90s., 11 Oct 2000
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On first listening, I was entranced by Dean Waring's Lou Reed lead vocal: "In the tiny, tiny hours..." Kind (but not sappy) guitar riffs and unforced rhythms dominate this album, and make it perfect for those lazy nights in. It divides into two halves, the second being one big, delicious unwind, and each ending with a six-minute song. "23 minutes in Brussels" mooches beautifully from unhurried groove to urgency, and as an extra treat, the album ends with Luna's cello-covered cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Bonnie et Clyde", Waring's voice again perfectly suited to the material. And "Penthouse" sounds like its sleeve photo, the blurred night city - surely that counts as extra?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a masterpiece!, 18 Jun 2005
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Alexander G. Marshall "alexmarshall3" - See all my reviews
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Beautifully recorded electric guitars (Sorcerer studio in New York-it sounds like an absolutely perfect recording environment, every track having a beautiful sense of reverb and space) add ambience and tension to a perfect set of ambiguous lyrics. Extra care seems to have been taken over every detail on this album, but at the same time it does not come across as pompous, tedious or overblown (in contrast to Coldplay or Oasis for example). Instead it sounds as if it probably took only about two weeks to make, rather than two years which is the 'rock star' average, but also that it was played by master musicians. Indeed, the divine playing of Tom Verlaine even graces two tracks here. What more do you want?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sleepy time cruel, 11 Feb 2003
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A lovely, insinuating, buzzy guitar sound that allows the sleepy vocals to worm their way into your mind. Great indie guitar pop which sounds (to me) like a wet afternoon in Manhattan (or Brussels). It's charm lies in the way the lyrics (which can be cruel, which can be trite) are delivered in such a laid-back style over the agitated arabesques of the guitars. I get the impression that one Luna album is very much like another - but that's ok because this is very, very fine indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luna's first, and finest, 16 July 2010
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Mr. P. M. D. Navin "P. Navin" (Buckinghamshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Dean Wareham's Luna were always a favourite of mine. This, their first album release, remains my favourite. Opening with the heavenly "Slide" it's pure mellow indie pop all the way. The standout "Slash Your Tires" is as good as any major label release of the 90's. Dean's breathy, fey voice combined with slick guitar licks and a solid rhythm section made Luna real force to be reckoned with as a live act. This album is the closest they ever came to recreating that in the studio. If you're a fan of indie bands and great songwriting you wont be disappointed.
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