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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
After splitting with the influential indie-rock trio Galaxie 500, native New Zealander-turned-resident New Yorker Dean Wareham devoted himself to honing the gentle, melodic, Velvet Underground-circa-"Candy Says" sound of h... more »
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After splitting with the influential indie-rock trio Galaxie 500, native New Zealander-turned-resident New Yorker Dean Wareham devoted himself to honing the gentle, melodic, Velvet Underground-circa-"Candy Says" sound of his old band in the increasingly sterile and perfectionist twin-guitar outings of his new group, Luna. Guitar buffs may have been impressed by the occasional E-bowed solo, the spooky layers of feedback, or the cool chorused tones offered up by Wareham and Sean Eden. But 1992's Lunapark, '94's Bewitched, and '95's Penthouse didn't have much beyond that to keep you coming back, and it seemed as if the band's career peaked when snippets from the last album were used in a TV commercial for Calvin Klein's CK-1. It's surprising, then, that Pup Tent boasts the most memorable tunes that Wareham has written since Galaxie 500's This Is Our Music back in 1990. Lyrics have always been an afterthought for Wareham, who sings a bit like Neil Young with an adenoid problem, and tunes such as the title track and the opening "IHOP" are no exception. Among my favorite lyrical toss-offs: "Is there a doctor in the house / In the House of Pancakes?" and "You stand accused of smoking English cigarettes / That's a provocation if ever one was." Thankfully, these lines are paired with indelible guitar hooks and inventive six-string soundscapes. Propelled by new drummer Lee Wall (who replaces the rather rigid former Feelie, Stanley Demeski), Luna sounds looser, grittier, and more stoked-up than it ever has. --Jim Derogatis
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Peter | Melbourne, Australia | 03/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read in a magazine review (Mojo I think) that this album had an 'all embarcing darkness' and I'm not sure that's right, what it has got is atmosphere and enough musical complexity to make it relistenable. There's more opauqeness than darkness to this album, more a slighly cynicle observation rather than some kind of nhillistic judgement. The songs are all creatively different enough to keep things interesting whilst there's still a synthesis of theme to the music that makes the album better than the sum of its parts...brilliant stuff"
William Chaisson | Trumansburg, New York | 10/12/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Luna stumbled on this one. The first three albums were wonderful. As a Galaxie 500 fan from way back I was relieved that Wareham continued to record decent music (I've never listened to music made by the other two thirds of G500). But on Pup Tent Mr. Wareham seemed to have temporarily run out of ideas, both musical and lyrical. This isn't a bad album; it's just not up to Luna's standards. I miss Stanley Demeski's driving beats (which propelled the Feelies so compellingly) and found the production on this CD to be rather flat. A CD for completists only."
Most Underrated Luna CD
Disco Dave | 12/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the great Luna albums that just seems to always slip under the radar. The album flows well and always seems to get a lot of playtime at my house. If you are new to Luna, you can't go wrong with Puptent."