Review of The Lemonheads
by Sarah Rodman
From The Boston Globe, September 2006
There's something about autumn that feels like the perfect time for a new Lemonheads record. The sun is still warm but darkness comes early, and even though you're excited to pull out your favorite sweater, you're a little bit sad, too. Juxtaposing brightness and melancholy is an Evan Dando special, and it winds comfortingly through the first album the locally bred singer-songwriter has released under the Lemonheads moniker since 1996, and the first since his equally autumnal and lovely 2003 solo effort ``Baby I'm Bored." For this eponymous effort, Dando returns to the trio format and comes up with an album that comes near the stem-to-stern quality of his 1992 breakthrough, ``It's a Shame About Ray." Drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Karl Alvarez, both late of the Descendents , lend muscle and volume but never overpower Dando's amiably ambling alt-pop tales. Dando drapes his still impressively warm and supple voice around 11 tracks that mix humor, heartache, and wordplay.
ESSENTIAL TRACK: ``Black Gown"