Close Cover Before Striking [EP]

  • Record Label: Jetset
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The best of these seven songs is a Stones cover, only not by as much as you first think, and the second-best is the opener ["Astronaut"], ditto.
  2. Blender
    Transcends their last album with lean hooks that trade urban melancholy for a surprisingly pastoral warmth. [#11, p.136]
  3. Magnet
    Offers little bits of everything Luna does well. [#57, p.93]
  4. The short album feels fully realized -- immediate and raw all at once -- just as rock ought to be.
  5. As leftovers, Close Cover Before Striking is more akin to day-old pizza than three-week-old pasta.
  6. Nothing about the five originals and two covers here makes them come across like B-sides or throwaways.
  7. Musically and lyrically, it continues right along in the same footsteps of their last album, and in the case of some tracks is even much better.
  8. Six of the seven songs are understated, melodic mid-tempo pieces.... The song that breaks the mold is also the album's best moment[:]"Astronaut."
  9. Q Magazine
    Features typically fragile thumbnail sketches like New Haven Comet. [Feb 2003, p.105]
  10. A solid and passably interesting piece of work by a band that long ago learned its niche.

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