The Lemonheads - The Lemonheads
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The Lemonheads is nearly as great as the band's masterpiece, It's A Shame About Ray, and far more dependable than the runner-up Come On Feel The Lemonheads. And it may be more fun than either.
  2. Dando is in spiky, Buzzcocks-esque form. [23 Sep 2006, p.31]
  3. The Lemonheads 2006 may not be breaking any new creative ground, but they couldn't sound in ruder health.
  4. It represents maturity and growth, all the while retaining the essence of what made The Lemonheads great. [#15]
  5. 80
    A moody, giddy, charming album, as ragged and dynamic as those the band were making half a lifetime ago. [Oct 2006, p.100]
  6. The best thing that can be said about The Lemonheads is that it sounds like the album Dando and company should have released in 1995.
  7. For latecomers to The Lemonheads this record isn't a bad place to start. For long-term fans it's a sure sign that Evan Dando isn't ready to be written off just yet.
  8. 70
    The Lemonheads have never sounded so feral yet so tight. [Oct 2006, p.104]
  9. If the songwriting isn't quite up to the standard of 1992's high-water mark It's A Shame About Ray, The Lemonheads marks a welcome return. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  10. A welcome return to the fuzzed-out guitars, slacker sensibilities and indelible pop hooks for which the band is known. [Dec 2006, p.89]
  11. A likable, cogent album of adult punk-pop that matches Dando's easygoing voice to genial fuzz-rock.
  12. The first Lemonheads record in 10 years makes a great case for meat and potatoes, verses and choruses, distortion pedals and minimal production.
  13. There’s enough in Dando’s affable charm, dazed vocals and gentle, sorrowful lyrics to make large parts of this record a joy to listen to.
  14. Most listeners with a soft spot for those early-90s Lemonheads records will get a good spin out of The Lemonheads.
  15. The sound's a harder-edged variation on Ray, but only a few songs stick.
  16. 60
    Agreeably chunky guitar pop. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  17. The Lemonheads is the album Dando should have made 10 years ago, and poppy punk ain't what it used to be. [Nov 2006, p.200]
  18. There's a broken feeling about this album, a resignation that reflects the trouble of the intervening years.
  19. The Lemonheads is a harmless, melodic album that brings familiar material to longtime fans and new audiences alike.
  20. An album defined more by its background players than its star.
  21. 56
    The greatest 1996 era melodic rock since... 1996. [#22, p.98]
  22. At its best, The Lemonheads sounds exactly how you want the Lemonheads to sound. [19 Oct 2006, p.132]
  23. The Lemonheads is full of, for better or worse, comfort music. It radiates a blunted nostalgic glow that seeps through the frequent musical languor.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JyotirmayaD
    May 2, 2007
    7
    I love the Lemonheads' great catalogue of good songs, but this album is only half-good. There are some winners and stinkers on it...
  2. Nov 9, 2012
    6
    The only other record I have by the Lemonheads is their best of. The telling thing about this record is that there is very little (maybe 1 or 2 tracks) that would get anywhere near that best of. As an album, it is as good as anything they've done for a decade. Bubblegum rock at its grungiest. The thing is, its best moments borrow heavily from their classic 90's efforts and at time border on rehashing. If you like The Lemonheads, you'll really enjoy this but otherwise it wont tell you anythign new. Full Review »
  3. Raindog1972
    Jul 25, 2007
    9
    Excellent return to form from Dando. A little too short given the long wait, but overall everything an excellent pop record should be...