No-one remembers the losers. And after[a]Galaxie 500[/a] split, hardly anyone even remembers the winners....

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London Highbury Upstairs At The Garage

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London Highbury Upstairs At The Garage

No-one remembers the losers. And after[a]Galaxie 500[/a] split, hardly anyone even remembers the winners. They are [a]Damon & Naomi[/a]. Dean Wareham, on the other hand, has persisted with his often underwhelming project, Luna, for so long now and with negligible success that you might occasionally wonder where it all went wrong.

Those not of that inclination needn’t worry, though, because the good news is that ‘The Days Of Our Nights’ can largely be considered the Luna party album, not least because it contains a reading of Guns N’Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, and a song sung slowly in German. And provided the more laboured aspects of Wareham‘s designer angst wordplay are overlooked, this is actually unthreatening US leftfield indie-folk at its most masterful.

Certainly the Simon & Garfunkel-ish ‘Four Thousand Days’ or the teasing beat shuffle of ‘Superfreaky Memories’ rank among Wareham‘s finest, while the whole record benefits from an easy, polished grace. Essentially, it’s the album Luna should have made at the beginning of their life, not when they’re middle-aged and in the way. Still losers then, but at least now they’re interesting losers.