Review of Varshons
by David Menconi

From Spin, June 2009

GG finally meets X-Tina: What could have been!

Between "Mrs Robinson" and "My Hero Zero", covers have accounted for some of The Lemonheads' most memorable moments. So aging alt-rock pin up Evan Dando doing a full covers album seems almost too obvious. And for the most part, Varshons is pleasantly predictable with celebrity cameos (Kate Moss, Liv Tyler) and selections from legendary rakes Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt that practically qualify as typecasting. But the countrified take on GG Allin's "Layin' Up With Linda" provides a moment of effective shock value, and improbable redemption arrives with the closing track: Christina Aquilera's "Beautiful." It feels like the perfect requiem for 1993.



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