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The Lemonheads first album since 2009 and it's......another covers album. This means that Evan Dando hasn't released one single original song since 2006. Still, the Lemonheads were kings of the cover version in their day and here take on the likes of Yo La Tengo, Bevis Frond, NRBQ, the Eagles, the Jayhawks and loads more.    

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Varshons II by The Lemonheads
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 February 2019

You wait years for a new the Lemonheads album and all you get is a second batch of covers. I find it hard to believe that Evan Dando hasn't written one single new song since 2006 but there again.... 

He's always been a good interpreter of songs though and this is proved in the albums opening tracks. His version of 'Can't Forget' is near identical to Yo La Tengo's original but is still a lovely thing indeed. Dando's big cuddly voice is as melancholic as ever and suits being joined by a female foil particularly on this sublime opening track. The Jayhawks 'Settled Down Like Rain' is just lovely. A gorgeous folk rock song spangling with understated regret and it's nice to see the Bevis Frond represented (if less so their guitar solos) with Old Man Blank. 

So yeah there's some good stuff but there's also the sense of phoning it in. John Prine's 'Speed at the Sound of Loneliness' sounds like the sort of acoustic run through you'd do in a hurry at a radio session and on certain tracks it's difficult to see Dando connecting emotionally with the material. There's one sorta original in 'Unfamiliar' written with long term collaborator Tom Morgan but it's a so-so reggae plod. His version of the Eagles 'Take It Easy' has been placed last on the track list presumably out of shame. 

So it's a a lighthearted run through of some of Evan Dando's favourite tunes which presumably hasn't taxed him too much. Still, Dando on half power still has the ability to come up with the goods from time to time.  



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