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Reviewed by Margaret Moser, February 15, 2008, Music

Luna Tart

Luna Tart Died

If your vinyl copies of Cabaret and The Threepenny Opera are begging to be replaced, consider the retro-nostalgia offering Luna Tart Died, because she comes off a lot like Sally Bowles and Lotte Lenya's long-lost love child. Yes, it's music you could Charleston to, and this local wouldn't be out of place filed between the Asylum Street Spankers and White Ghost Shivers. There's no corny boop-oop-a-doop in Luna Tart's cheeky tunes like "Johnny's Money" and "Just What You Were Looking For," and her pseudo-autobiographical songs like the title track hold their own charm. The use of her ukulele and Stanley Smith's clarinet as lead instruments add to the Prohibition-era feel. Yet if the sepia tone of the music is occasionally cutesy, the closing track, "Life's a Party," is an invitation to keep listening. Don't forget to RSVP.


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