Album of the Day
With ex-Galaxie 500 leader Dean Wareham fronting a foursome including former Feelies and Chills members, Luna was something approaching an alternative rock supergroup, and the band's third album, PENTHOUSE, is worthy of that lineage. The Elektra collection adds a couple of guest stars on top of that (Television guitarist Tom Verlaine and Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier), but the best of these 11 tracks - “Chinatown,” “Lost In Space” and “Kalamazoo” - highlight the cohesive playing of the core quartet. This is evocative, late-night music, with Wareham's skewed but witty lyrics offset by shimmering instrumentation. Released 25 years ago this week, PENTHOUSE shows Luna reaching new heights, and the collection was justifiably named one of the decade's best by Rolling Stone magazine.