Review of The Lemonheads
by Barry Nicolson

From NME 23rd September 2006

Clearly tired of being The Old Pete Doherty, the last couple of years have seen something of a renaissance for Evan Dando, the one-time darling of the early '90s music press who disappeared in a haze of bad tunes and Noel Gallagher's drugs.

2003's well-received solo effort, 'Baby I'm Bored', put him back on the cultural map, but it's this album - billed as 'The Best Of The Lemonheads - Vol II' - that we've really been waiting for. Backed by various members of The Desecdents, Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis and Americana legend Garth Hudson, Dando is in spiky, Buzzcocks-esque form, especially on songs such as 'Poughkeepsie' and 'Black Gown' - stuffed full of characteristically ace melodies and a joy to behold, if hardly revolutionary. Still, we should be glad Dando made it back from the brink at all, let alone with songs as great as these.



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