Review of The Lemonheads
by Julie Seabaugh
From Las Vegas Weekly, 28th September 2006
Now 40, married, with a new label (Vagrant) and 10 years elapsed since his last go-round with The Lemonheads (currently comprising drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Karl Alvarez, both formerly of Descendents), '90s alt-rock poster boy Evan Dando returns with the gritty-pretty poetic lyricism and ironically sunny guitar work first showcased on the band's 1992 breakthrough, It's a Shame About Ray. This breakneck, self-titled collection remains upbeat even while exploring the disillusionment of love, innocence lost (i.e., drug use) and deep-seated daddy issues.
And why not? "Let's just laugh," Dando's hazy, winking croon suggests in an ode to shrugging shoulders, killing time and generally slacking life away. "We can never do anything about anything anyway." But elsewhere tedium and suspicion get the better of him; "Baby's Home" is a surprisingly country-fried (even by Dando's standards) tale of infidelity and homicide. The Lemonheads' stoner grunge-pop remains often catchy, rarely rambling and blessedly unhinged overall, and though this eponymous comeback doesn't necessarily cover new ground, it still feels comfy as a ratty thrift-store sweater that never really goes out of style.