Starting as a silly and irreverent punk band before twisting and turning themselves into something more alt rock, The Lemonheads are continuing their legacy in the best way possible: getting other people to do it for them. 'Varshons', as well as having a title that's really fun to say, offers eleven covers from a variety of punks and crooners a like -- who knew Leonard Cohen was a fan? There are also offerings from scum of the earth G. G. Allin, country rock wise guy Townes Van Zandt and Linda Perry.
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7/10 Penrith Steve 9th November 2014
Evan Dando has always been one for doing cover versions and he’s pretty good at it. All of the Lemonheads albums apart from “The Lemonheads” contain at least one cover. Here we have an album full of them. The best of the bunch is the opening track “I Just Can’t Take It Anymore” which was originally by Gram Parsons but only ever released as a distorted acoustic song on a posthumous compilation on the Sundazed label. None of the covers are obvious. With the exception of Christina Aguilera’s Linda Perry-penned mega hit “Beautiful”, the best known of the bunch is probably Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” on which he duets with Liv Tyler. He also duets with supermodel Kate Moss on Dutch electro duo Arling & Cameron’s “Dirty Robot”. It is good, and it's been done properly with care and attention, but it’s an album of covers.
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