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on 25 September 2006
After a ten year hiatus since their last album, Evan Dando has finally resurrected the fantastic Lemonheads. This time backed by members of punk stalwarts The Decendents they have returned to their early sounding pop-punk roots and it works brilliantly. "Black Gown" with its deceptive piano intro kicks things off before storming into classic Lemonheads. Punk legend J Mascis rips up "No Backbone" with a trademark solo. "Poughkeepsie" and "Become The Enemy" will have you dancing and bopping the night away. Overall its a very welcome return for Dando, we've missed you.
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on 27 September 2006
From the Rockin' Stroll-esque opener of Black Gown, we are instantly reminded just how good Evan Dando is. As the sole survivor of the original Boston punksters, Dando's voice is sounding mellower, like a really good tobacco. His new Lemonhead cohorts Bill Stevenson and Karl Alvarez are quite frankly awesome, and give Dando the power he really needs to compliment his voice and his fine guitar work.

Become the Enemy rocks in at track 2 - no pop here - this is serious grown up slacker rock. Pittsburgh trips by quite sweetly however, and you're soon on to Let's Just Laugh - certainly reminiscent of the last `Heads album, Car Button Cloth, rather than the more commercial sounding Shame About Ray. Again, the rhythm section are superb. The upbeat Poughkeepsie follows, and then there's the guaranteed future live classic of Rule of Three.

J Mascis joins the party for the excellent No Backbone, and then the slightly disturbing rock/country of Baby's Home. In Passing is more reminscent of Ray-era Lemonheads. Steve's Boy is an excellent Bill Stevenson composition and December could fit onto Lovey / Car Button Cloth comfortably - especially when it loses it's way in the middle with the classic Lemonheads "phone message" thing, only to come back round with a big chorus.

This album rocks. Welcome back Evan - we missed you.
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on 2 October 2006
It's fantastic to see someone as great as Evan Dando reappear from a drug-induced haze (his not mine!). This album shows that he has crossed back over the fine line between genius and madness - whether on his own or under the Lemonheads banner, Dando produces beautiful music and this one is no exception. Perhaps not quite at the dizzy heights of Shame About Ray but thank God for Evan Dando!
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on 4 December 2006
The Lemonheads were the soundtrack to many a night in my teenage years, and I feel Evan Dando is criminally underrated for such a bright talent. (ever hear a Lemonheads song on the radio apart from their Mrs Robinson cover??)

I actually really liked his solo album, and although it was a little downbeat it had several great tracks (Repeat, All the Grass Wine Coloured). But I'm really glad he's back with a band doing what he does best.

On The Lemonheads, the new line up definitely makes the sound a bit more rockier than the more acoustic It's a Shame About Ray or Come on Feel, so more akin to their live act. At first, I wasn't really impressed, but after a few listens the songs really grew on me. Highlights are definitely Pittsburg and No Backbone for me, and the single Become the Enemy is also fantastic. Evan's warm voice is also on fine form throughout

ALthough certainly not a par with Ray, this is a great album and is definitely worth buying
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on 17 April 2007
This is the 8th Lemonheads album, to my knowledge, and the 1st since 1996s Car Button Cloth - that is if you don't count Dando's solo album, Baby I'm Bored, which was essentially a Lemonheads album in all but name, since the only constant Lemonheads member has always been Dando himself.

The production on this one isn't as crisp as on Car Button Cloth, and in fact sees a return to the muddy sound of Lovey, the Lemonheads' first major label album. The lyrics aren't as witty or charming as those on Car Button Cloth either. The songs aren't as inventive as the ones on Come On Feel - still the best Leonheads album in my opinion, nor as catchy as those on It's a Shame About Ray. Nevertheless, this appears to be a bit of a grower. While there are few subleties and inspired moments, if you listen a few times you will fine the melodies growing on you.

If you're new to The Lemonheads, I recommend you get Come On Feel, It's a Shame About Ray and Car Button Cloth (in that order). After that, if you like em enough, go ahead and get this one. It's not bad, but I doubt i'll still be listening to it in a few months. Since 1993s It's a Shame About Ray, it seemed like the Lemonheads had something slightly different to offer with each album release, but this album seems to signal the end of that. I won't write Dando off just yet, since he is still writing highly personal songs, it's just starting to sound less fresh, and a little jaded. Perhaps he'll return to form next time.

I actually saw the Lemonheads tour this album, and while the performance of previous classic songs made it a great show, to me Dando looked in bad shape. He was clearly having trouble remembering his lyrics, and he backed out of every lead guitar part he attempted. The album, I feel is indicative of personal troubles also. I could still be wrong, but I don't think this is the work of a songwriter/performer in full control of his faculties, or at the peak of his powers.
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