Review of The Lemonheads
by Amy Longsdorf

From Impulse, October 2006

The Basics: The Lemonheads, 'The Lemonheads,' Vagrant Records, $18

Fave Raves: More than 10 years after his last CD with the ever-changing Lemonheads, Evan Dando is back with a new crew and an old, back-to-basics sound. Bolstered by the scorching rhythm section of Descendents' drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Karl Alvarez, Dando turns out nearly a dozen butt-kicking riff-rockers.

Just Noise: There's nothing as lyrically sublime as "My Drug Buddy" or "Confetti" among the latest crunchers.

If You Like...: Bubble-gum grunge, this will be right up your alley.

Outstanding: Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis contributes a guitar solo to the power-poppy "No Backbone" and The Band's Garth Hudson lends rootsy credibility to "Black Gown. But this is Dando's show, and he's more than ready for his close-up.


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