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Emancipated Hearts is exactly what fans wanted from Dean Wareham. A stronger debut of solo tunes (extremely belated!) from the former Galaxie 500 and Luna leader is hard to imagine. The first track, “Love Is Colder Than Death,” is as comfy and familiar as your old Today t-shirt, with the best Galaxie 500 and Luna tropes blended into one: loping and pop-inflected, but murky, hazy, and romantic. “The Deadliest Day” features a graceful weave of strings and echoing bass drum, all subdued and somber, ringing of a Velvet Underground kind of sadness. Of course, as Wareham and wife Britta Phillips scored a number of Andy Warhol's “screen tests” for their “13 Most Beautiful” project back in 2010, it’s hard to shake that influence when listening to Wareham’s work now. He shares a certain aesthetic with the Warhol/Velvets world, his fragile voice clearly rooted in the narcoticized ambience of the desire and curiosity that so informed that part of the ‘60s. Borrowing from influences as far-ranging as filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, George Orwell, and The Incredible String Band (see the amazing “Air”), this collection is enough to make the ache of missing Galaxie 500 less painful.

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dean is the man

i'd wear buffalo boots for the rest of my life to hear a dean wareham song


Always nice to hear new music from Dean, especially when it is this good.

vintage wareham

still a personal highlight was to see Luna at the Bowery. This is classic Wareham,...jingle jangle psychedelic guitar. This goes into regular rotation on my play list along with The Astroid #4, and House of Fire.


Born: August 1, 1963 in Wellington, New Zealand

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/guitarist Dean Wareham is more influential than he is usually given credit for. Often sounding like a depressed slacker, Wareham has inspired a number of indie rockers to express their sadness with a wistful tenor. Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on August 1, 1963. In 1977, Wareham and his parents relocated to New York City. Wareham then moved to Boston to attend college. After spending a year in Germany, Wareham returned to Boston in 1987 and formed Galaxie 500 with his high-school...
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