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More of the same... but not quite as good.
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.