Review of The Lemonheads
by Jaan Uhelszki
From San Francisco Chronicle, 24th September 2006
Because so much of Evan Dando's private life has been exposed, his outrageous behavior and good looks have overshadowed his musical talent and ability to whip high and low culture into subversive lyrics masked as pop. Ten years after the release of "Car Button Cloth," Dando, 39, is back with two new Lemonheads -- '80s hard-core avatars Bill Stevenson and Karl Alvarez from the Descendents -- and a CD that shows how far his songwriting has progressed. While relying on fewer anthems than 1992's high-water mark, "It's a Shame About Ray," Dando can still capture telling moments with cinematic grace on a romantic tune ("Let's Just Laugh"), or confess without revealing anything ("Pittsburgh"). With Dando, what you see is never what you get; you won't be able to stop listening to this CD.