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Lemonheads live at Carling Academy, Liverpool
12th October 2006

Review by Denise Tench from Angry Ape

Strolling modestly onstage with choppy eye-concealing hair and a thick-buttoned winter coat, Evan Dando looks more like Tiny Tim than the front man of legendary pioneers The Lemonheads.

The first few songs have a medley quality as the new band play them seamlessly. Dando then provides some bait for old fans in the form of 'Down About It' and 'Being Around' from 'Come on Feel The Lemonheads'. This is continued as 'Bit Part', candid ditty 'Confetti' and teenage crush ballad 'Alison's Starting To Happen' are launched into with impressive freshness and skill.

New single 'The Enemy', though one of their slower paced tunes, fits in well with the set before older offering 'If I Could Talk I'd Tell You'. As the band leave the stage Dando throws in some solo material, the gently acoustic 'Why Do You Do This To Yourself?' providing a vehicle for his deep, impacting vocals.

Covers come in the form of Gram Parsons obscure B-side '1000 dollar wedding' which the band's occasionally country-tinged sound does good justice to. Mass sing-along moments include 'My Drug Buddy' the classic 'Rudderless' and 'Divan' which ends in a rampant and bursting jam reminding of the band's grungy credentials. The set then ends with Dando alone again playing new but poignant track "Steve's Boy" with the message that The Lemonheads looking to the future.

There are few people who can recover their talent and musical reputation after personal trials as extensive as Dando's, but he and his current line-up have managed to pull it back impressively. With performances of this standard it's almost as though The Lemonheads have never been away.

 

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