Review of The Lemonheads
by Maddy Costa
From The Guardian 22nd September 2006
There's no overwhelming ambition evident in Evan Dando's second album since his rehabilitation from drug addiction, no sense that he wants to do anything more than create sweet-natured power pop. But when the result is as good as Become the Enemy, the first single to be released from The Lemonheads, why aim for anything more? That, and the equally lovely Rule of Three and No Backbone, with squealing guitar from Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis, are the kind of time-erasing songs that could make us believe Dando is still the heart-throb he was in the early 1990s. That said, there's a broken feeling about this album, a resignation that reflects the trouble of the intervening years. It's not so much to do with autobiography, though, more the mood of hard knocks and helplessness most pervasive in Steve's Boy and Let's Just Laugh. Although he sounds nothing like him, there's something about Dando's affinity with the struggling all-American little guy here that calls Bruce Springsteen unexpectedly to mind. Maybe Dando is secretly out to become a rock hero after all.