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  • Summary: The second album for the [now-married] duo of former Luna members Dean & Britta was produced by Tony Visconti.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Not a dud in the entire meticulous love letter to a da-do-ron-ron era.
  2. Throughout Back Numbers, Wareham and Phillips push small emotions over big.
  3. 82
    Subdued guitar work and sleepy rhythms provide a solid underpinning for the airy melodies, keeping them from drifting away like freshly-blown bubbles.
  4. The arrangements almost entirely abandon the Velvets/Television electric guitar bedrock on which Luna was founded, instead adopting a basic structure of strummed acoustic guitar, spare orchestration, and burbling synths. [#16, p.90]
  5. 70
    Perfectly conceived and executed, the album is a beautiful collection of mood music. [May 2007, p.112]
  6. It sounds twee and, in parts it is, but it's leavened by their unrelenting world-weariness. [May 2007, p.123]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. MattD
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    As I often do, I disagree with Pitchfork here. The album isn't light - it's a thorough listen that reveals a mystical quality with As I often do, I disagree with Pitchfork here. The album isn't light - it's a thorough listen that reveals a mystical quality with modern sounding synthesizer meshing with unconventional but haunting harmonies. Expand
  2. ColinP
    Mar 1, 2007
    9
    A delightful listen reminsicent of a bygone era. Beautiful pop music and virtually flawless in execution.
  3. christopherf
    Mar 23, 2007
    9
    Subtle and compelling melodies flawlessly played. Britta is also far easier to listen to than Dean. This album melts in your ears, not on the Subtle and compelling melodies flawlessly played. Britta is also far easier to listen to than Dean. This album melts in your ears, not on the cd rack. Expand
  4. GeneB
    Mar 3, 2007
    8
    Luna's albums were at times brilliant, at times meandering...Dean and Britta sometimes approach brilliance (with a whole different - Luna's albums were at times brilliant, at times meandering...Dean and Britta sometimes approach brilliance (with a whole different - dare we say - more mature sound), but never meander. Subtle quality, won't knock your socks off, but will have you coming back when you tire of more flashy things Expand
  5. JeffB
    Mar 21, 2007
    8
    I'm a huge fan of anything Dean Wareham, but I have to say this album doesn't seem to have the depth as others. I miss being lost I'm a huge fan of anything Dean Wareham, but I have to say this album doesn't seem to have the depth as others. I miss being lost in Luna's dreamy-then-manic guitars, and the sultriness of L'Avventura. That said, I still give it an 8/10 and I'll listen over and over. Expand
  6. ThomasB
    Mar 20, 2007
    6
    If anyone ever sleepwalked through a career in music, it's Dean Wareham. His somnambulist tunes -- from Galaxie 500 through Luna and now If anyone ever sleepwalked through a career in music, it's Dean Wareham. His somnambulist tunes -- from Galaxie 500 through Luna and now Dean & Britta with his wife -- pass like ephemeral dreams. They're highly enjoyable in the moment but, like most dreams, are quickly forgotten in the cold light of morning. "Back Numbers" is unfailingly pleasant, but I'll be darned if I can remember a single hook, lyric or melody even after multiple listenings. Expand
  7. GFarry
    Mar 1, 2007
    0
    Rubbish. Album should burn!

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