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  • Summary: Luna's sixth studio album is their first on new label Jetset, and also their first (aside from Luna Live!) to feature Brita Phillips on bass (replacing Justin Harwood, and leaving Dean Wareham as the sole founding member remaining). The all-star production team of Gene Holder and Dave Fridmann were behind the boards for these 12 new tracks. Expand
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  1. Romantica charges out of the gate with a new vigor, brightness, and sensitivity that, in retrospect, hasn't really come together within one package for them since maybe Bewitched.
  2. Buoyed by a blissful, lovestruck mood, this album's sumptuous tone elevates it beyond familiar terrain. [Aug 2002, p.128]
  3. The songs are simpler, livelier, a little more direct and a lot more hummable.
  4. The songs are light, the production both relaxed and relaxing... the music breathes.
  5. Minor missteps aside, Romantica is a very good album of compelling, original verses. [#34, p.68]
  6. Fans of the group's early work might find the album a bit trying at first, but it's still the same old group for the most part.
  7. The swapping out of Justin Harwood for Britta Phillips on bass seems to have enlivened things somewhat, but what starts so promising, sputters as the album progresses.

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  1. DigbyIgby
    Sep 27, 2002
    10
    Dude, without a doubt!
  2. JudsonG
    Oct 13, 2002
    9
    It's a shame that Metacritic doesn't appear to be rating CLOSE COVER BEFORE STRIKING, the folow up EP to Romantica - and an EP culled from its covers and b-sides sessions. Both releases are fantastic. That an album that, in any way, spawns material this good says one thing, but the caliber of said spawned material being this good is truly astounding. You need both off these if you have any taste for quality rock. Expand
  3. Romulus
    Feb 3, 2005
    9
    A Fabulous Album
  4. VoldavD.
    Mar 19, 2004
    7
    Listen, 'tis good. But in the Luna catalogue -- in the shadow of such tall trees as 'Penthouse', 'Pup Tent', and 'Bewitched' -- it leaves much to be desired. Second-tier Luna. Still, it is Luna, it is Dean Wareham, its great. Expand

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