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Review of The Lemonheads
by Stephanie Blanco

From Inside Beat, The Daily Targum, September 2006

It's been ten long years since The Lemonheads released their last studio album, but their self-titled album, released Tuesday, proves that it was well worth the wait.

The album harks back to early Lemonheads music, only it's louder and faster and arguably a little better. It is apparent that kicking his drug habit really helped front-man Evan Dando musically.

Dando formed The Lemonheads 20 years ago, and while all of the other members of the band shuffled in and out constantly, Dando was the only constant member of the pop/punk group.

In 1997 Dando announced that the Lemonheads were splitting up, and he pursued a solo career, but the band reached the end of their hiatus in 2005 when they signed with Vagrant Records. For their comeback, Dando and The Lemonheads were true to their roots, singing songs with smart lyrics and fun beats and collaborating with the band's early influences, including Bill Stevenson on the drums and bassist Karl Alvarez.

The guitar playing on songs like "Rule Of Three" and "No Backbone" is particularly remarkable. The whole album is filled with catchy tunes - "Become The Enemy" especially - with a little bit of rock and a little bit of country mixed into the usual Lemonhead sound.

True Lemonhead fans will not be surprised by the sound of the album, but that's a good thing. It's exactly what it is expected to be: it's great, it's timeless, it's The Lemonheads.

SOUNDS LIKE: The Lemonheads gone rock 'n' roll

BEST SONGS: Pittsburgh, Become the Enemy

RATING: B+

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