The Lemonheads

The Lemonheads

The Lemonheads

The Lemonheads

Vagrant Records

For a band that hasn’t made a record in almost 10 years, The Lemonheads’ self-titled album is nothing short of a miracle. Lead singer Evan Dando did everything he could to kill the band. He is the only constant from a band that has seen over 10 bassists and a dozen drummers. (One of the drummers, a week after being kicked out of the band, even answered an ad to replace himself.) Now (appropriately enough) with a new bassist and drummer, Dando plows through 11 pop-rock classics that bring back the flannel and make everyone remember that not only did The Lemonheads exist, but they were a truly under-appreciated group.

“Become the Enemy” is a ready-made pop song that is instantaneously catchy and sticks with you, just like everything else they’ve done. “Pittsburgh” is another pop gem. Upbeat, simple, and fresh from the ’90s, this song will bring back the days when the Goo Goo Dolls were new and Better Than Ezra ruled the radio.

The Lemonheads shows the band at its alt-rock finest. Sure, there is nothing groundbreaking or entirely different on this record, but is that really who Evan Dando and the Lemonheads are? They are a talented trio who scored a hit with the cover “Mrs. Robinson” back in 1994 off of their album Come On Feel the Lemonheads. Now they’re showing that catchy alternative rock is timeless.

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