Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A hypnotic, bittersweet, transcendental pop masterpiece.
  2. Mojo
    Their groovy, meditative parlaying consistently elevates Live! Beyond the realm of optional for-diehards-only purchase. [Feb 2001, p.94]
  3. These 14 live offerings are a satisfying sampling from each of the band's five albums, though happily the selection leans more heavily toward Penthouse...
  4. Their music sets a certain midnight mood like no one else's. Live is both a perfect distillation of that mood and a great reminder of the wondrous songs they've released over the last decade or so.
  5. Even when the band rocks, the music is tethered to a hazy, psychedelic vibe. Occupying each end of the CD's narrow stylistic spectrum are "Pup Tent," which sounds like the Cowboy Junkies covering The Doors, and "Sideshow by the Seashore," which conjures up the image of Crazy Horse being fronted by acclaimed Athens singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.
  6. Live albums are usually for fans only, but Luna Live! is a fine place for newcomers to get a first taste of a band worth knowing intimately - and the next best thing to an actual Luna show.
  7. Simplicity obviously works to their advantage. True, with all unnecessary distractions gone you're painfully aware of Wareham's stretching for the high notes, but from the leathery creak of 'Bewitched', to the arch pop of 'Moon Palace' via the rollicking fuzz of '23 Minutes In Brussels' it hardly seems to matter
  8. For fans, a job well done, and surely appreciated. For the rest, digestion of any of Luna's five studio albums may be advisable first.
  9. Wine drinkers' music, you might say -- likeable, pleasant, but lacking in consuming, driving passion.
  10. Sadly, the album is a few years too late in coming. As an example, the guys, while opening for Lou Reed sometime back in 1996, pulled off an amazing rendition of the Velvets' "Ride into the Sun" with Reed and Wareham handling the vocals together. Where were all the tape recorders back then?
  11. 40
    The performances aren't much different from the studio versions beyond an extra dose of guitar grit, so this is mostly a case of tossing a bouquet to Luna collectors.

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  1. StuartS.
    Oct 3, 2001
    If one avoids listening to this as background music to a seduction, turns out the lights and cranks the volume it's as good as getting laid.