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Review of The Lemonheads
by Devin Grant

From Charleston Post & Courier, September 2006

Dando squeezing more juice from 'Lemons'

It's hard to believe, but it has been almost 10 years to the day since we last saw an album by '90s alternative-pop darlings The Lemonheads.

Sure, Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando gave us a solo album, "Baby I'm Bored," in 2003 following a stint in rehab, but Lemonheads fans the world over were wondering if the mind that gave us "It's a Shame About Ray," "Great Big No," and the most rocking cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" ever, would return to his old form.

Happily, it seems that Dando is back in his semi-snotty pop-punk form, the one that first got The Lemonheads noticed by major labels back in the day.

Armed with a new label, Vagrant, and a sense of melody and lyricism that has only grown stronger during the group's decade-long break, this new self-titled CD marks a welcomed return.

Dando has backed himself with Descendents' bassist Karl Alvarez and Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson. The result is an album that is meant to be cranked up and enjoyed. While there is a definite punk theme to the recording, there are also some unexpected guest slots, including the Band's Garth Hudson and J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. These guest appearances add a little unpredictably to the proceedings.

While a couple of tracks sound as if they didn't cook long enough, there is still enough good stuff here to satisfy the longtime Lemonheads fan.

Download These: "No Backbone," "Black Gown," "Poughkeepsie"

RATING: (B+)

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