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Evan's first (and only) solo album,
This review is from: Baby I'm Bored (Audio CD)
The Lemonheads went on a hiatus in 1997 and it wasn't until seven years later that front man Evan Dando released his first solo album. After sobering up and getting married, the much anticipated 'Baby I'm Bored' was like he'd never been away.
Many of the qualities that had made the Lemonheads so popular in their chart heyday (1992-1996) can be found here, short, simple but nevertheless brilliant acoustic songs, heartfelt melodies and brilliant lyrics. Evan's voice is as beautiful as ever, but this is certainly not a complete Lemonheads style album. Many of the songs here have a deeper meaning, giving it a more personal and sincere quality, whilst others, like 'Waking Up', are experimental and may take time to grow on you. There aren't many surprises though, it's probably just what you would expect from Evan, it's a comfortable album (many similar sounds and Evan sounding relaxed) but at least it could never alienate his fan base. The heartfelt 'All My Life' (recently receiving new exposure on a three disc 'Indie Anthems' boxset) is my personal favourite.
On the strength of 'Baby I'm Bored', I wish Evan had released more solo albums. The public were obviously interested at the time as it quickly entered the UK top 30, but it is unfortunate than follow up releases never came. Still, at least it was a strong and successful comeback from an underrated genius, and the Lemonheads were eventually reformed two years later.