L' Avventura

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The pairing of dream pop godfather Dean Wareham with the voice of Jem from Jem and the Holograms, singer/bassist Britta Phillips, yields a heady mixture of sex, style, and '60s kitsch on the collaborative L'Avventura. A collection of originals and covers, the 11 duets feature the two trading flirtatious come-ons and wistful laments over a deluge of Tony Visconti strings. Unfortunately, they climax on the opening track, leaving an empty bed of ashtrays and broken promises in its wake. "Night Nurse," despite its melodic simplicity, revels in intellectual dirty talk, replacing the standard carnal proposition with the wicked "I am the visitor/You are the host." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The pairing of dream pop godfather Dean Wareham with the voice of Jem from Jem and the Holograms, singer/bassist Britta Phillips, yields a heady mixture of sex, style, and '60s kitsch on the collaborative L'Avventura. A collection of originals and covers, the 11 duets feature the two trading flirtatious come-ons and wistful laments over a deluge of Tony Visconti strings. Unfortunately, they climax on the opening track, leaving an empty bed of ashtrays and broken promises in its wake. "Night Nurse," despite its melodic simplicity, revels in intellectual dirty talk, replacing the standard carnal proposition with the wicked "I am the visitor/You are the host." It's a great single that warrants a great record, or at least a solid EP. Nothing on the record is bad. In fact, if it weren't for the lofty standards set by the opener, the capable tracks that follow would glow much brighter. "Out Walking" and "Knives from Bavaria" give the licorice-throated Phillips a chance to shine, and a spacious cover of the Doors' "Indian Summer" -- Wareham has a fetish for the subject matter, evidenced by Luna's 1993 rendering of the Beat Happening song of the same name -- is lent new credibility by his soft and sinister cadence. There's a classy feel to the whole production, and despite misfires like the Madonna snoozer "I Deserve It," the songs feel like standards for the new jet set. If anything, L'Avventura is evidence that the indie community can age gracefully.
Rolling Stone - Gavin Edwards
It's a pleasure to hear two voices intertwining, a man and a woman singing harmonies that feel like flirtation and seduction.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
This gorgeous side project... describes a universe of wounded romantics and lost souls. (A-)

This gorgeous side project... describes a universe of wounded romantics and lost souls. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Double Feature
  • UPC: 634457500211
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 112,029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Night Nurse (3:53)
  2. 2 Ginger Snaps (4:01)
  3. 3 I Deserve It (4:19)
  4. 4 Out Walking (3:32)
  5. 5 Moonshot (4:33)
  6. 6 Hear The Wind Blow (3:11)
  7. 7 Your Baby (4:19)
  8. 8 Threw It Away (4:29)
  9. 9 Knives From Bavaria (4:00)
  10. 10 Random Rules (4:13)
  11. 11 Indian Summer (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Britta Phillips Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Dean Wareham Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Harmony
Everett Bradley Djembe
Larry Gray Keyboards
Tony Visconti Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, 12-string Guitar, Mellotron, sleigh bells, Guitar (Baritone)
Gregor Kitzis Violin
Martha Mooke Viola
Leah Coloff Cello
Meg Okura Violin
Matt Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Angel Corpus Christi Composer
Madonna Composer
Rich Stim Composer
Tony Visconti Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Dean Wareham Composer, Engineer, drum programming
D.C. Berman Composer
Britta Phillips Engineer, String Arrangements
Geoff Sanoff Engineer
Mirwais Composer
Mario J. McNulty Pro-Tools, Additional Production
Robby Krieger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I have been waiting for Britta to do something on her own for a very long time. Dean is a great compliment to her style and grace. Enchanting, makes me wanna lay in a hammock and watch the lake with a bottle of Shiraz. Great job Britta! I am proud of you!

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