Review of The Lemonheads
by Amy Longsdorf

From Sun Journal September 2006

Bubble-grunge icon. Slacker sex symbol. Crack addict. Oasis groupie. Evan Dando has been them all. Now, more than 10 years after his last CD with the ever-changing Lemonheads, he's 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.

There's nothing as sublime as "My Drug Buddy" or "Confetti" among the latest crunchers but the lost-innocence lament of "Pittsburgh" is proof that Dando is no lightweight.

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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