Luna - Lunapark
The Classic Luna Album? If you ask me, you could pick pretty much any of Dean Wareham's Luna albums and they'd be classic. All of Luna's catalog is very listenable. But as Rahgwood has stated below, Lunapark does hold a special place in most Luna fan's heart, mostly because it was a reintroduction of Wareham into the indie world after the dissolution of Galaxie 500. A wonderful return to form while heading down an ever so slightly different path. Songs such as "Anesthesia" really make Luna stand out as one of the best bands to never be made popular in the 90s. Sure, Luna's music is slower than a lot of other bands that came out that decade but is there a real reason that this band was left in the dust? Any music fan who came in contact with Luna became almost an instant fan to go on to enjoy every one of their seven full-length studio albums.
Yes, the music maybe "downtempo" but almost every song has some amazing guitar work. You'll find Grasshopper from Mercury Rev fame helping out in this category as well. The introduction of Luna will stand for me as one of the best moments of this 12 year career. Although each and every album could be considered essential by one fan or another.
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on 2009-07-27 Rahgwood Said:
This is a flawless album. It's lush sounds and finely attuned guitar effects create a musical environment of lilting revery and peace. Dean Wareham's voice fits in really well with the dreamscape they create with the simple layering of only a few instruments. The lyrics are the kind of impenetrable ambiguities that work on the sound of the words swimming in the music as naturally as clef notes. This album is perfect to lie down on an india rug to with a kaleidoscope in your hands. Afterwards it will leave you feeling warm, whole, and fulfilled, despite the fact that you've been sitting around with a kid's toy for the past forty minutes.