Review of The Lemonheads
by Fred Mills
From Harp Magazine September 2006
Mindful of the meltdowns that made him a punchline a decade ago, Evan Dando has handled his career resurrection with caution. 2003 saw a solid solo album, Baby I’m Bored, while last year Dando quietly reclaimed the Lemonheads name in order to perform 1992’s It’s A Shame About Ray in its entirety in London. The Lemonheads, produced by Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson (he also co-wrote several songs), is, at barely over a half-hour, another cautious step, but it’s a good ’un. Tracks such as the soaring “Black Gown” and powerpop anthem “No Backbone” are brawny, tuneful and infectious, the former featuring Garth Hudson on keys and the latter with J Mascis on guitar. Dando’s no fretboard slouch himself, frequently getting his inner Mascis on, and his vocals haven’t lost any of their offhand, smoky charm. Somewhere, infamous anti-Lemonheads fanzine Die Evan Dando, Die is no doubt planning its own resurrection, but really, Dando, and his music, is all grown up now. Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful—that would be, like, sooo ’90s.