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Review of It's A Shame About Ray (2008 Reissue)
by Kevin O'Hare

From Mass Live April 2008

 

This 1992 release by the Lemonheads proved to be the Boston band's breakthrough album, taking them beyond the guitar-buzzing blasts they'd been crafting, straight toward a more acoustic-tinged, rockin' brand of pure pop splendor.

Frontman Evan Dando, drummer David Ryan and bassist Juliana Hatfield ripped through 13 songs in about 30 minutes, many of them pretty unforgettable including "Bit Part," the exuberant "Alison's Starting to Happen," and the jacked up cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," that justifiably gained plenty of notoriety for the trio.

This expanded edition includes 10 bonus songs, most of them demos, as well as a DVD, previously only available on VHS as "Two Weeks in Australia."

While this was the group's now-revered breakthrough, here's at least one vote for it not being the best Lemonheads' album. That spot is reserved for the classic 1993 follow-up disc, "Come On Feel The Lemonheads," which will hopefully see some sort of expanded edition in the future as well.

3.5 stars

 

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