The Lemonheads

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Most listeners with a soft spot for those early-90s Lemonheads records will get a good spin out of The Lemonheads.
  4. Uncut
    A moody, giddy, charming album, as ragged and dynamic as those the band were making half a lifetime ago. [Oct 2006, p.100]
  5. Q Magazine
    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]
  6. Mojo
    The Lemonheads have never sounded so feral yet so tight. [Oct 2006, p.104]
  7. Rolling Stone
    At its best, The Lemonheads sounds exactly how you want the Lemonheads to sound. [19 Oct 2006, p.132]
  8. 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.
  9. Under The Radar
    It represents maturity and growth, all the while retaining the essence of what made The Lemonheads great. [#15]
  10. New Musical Express (NME)
    Dando is in spiky, Buzzcocks-esque form. [23 Sep 2006, p.31]
  11. There's a broken feeling about this album, a resignation that reflects the trouble of the intervening years.
  12. The sound's a harder-edged variation on Ray, but only a few songs stick.
  13. Spin
    Agreeably chunky guitar pop. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  14. Alternative Press
    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]
  15. Paste Magazine
    A welcome return to the fuzzed-out guitars, slacker sensibilities and indelible pop hooks for which the band is known. [Dec 2006, p.89]
  16. An album defined more by its background players than its star.
  17. 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.
  18. The Lemonheads is a harmless, melodic album that brings familiar material to longtime fans and new audiences alike.
  19. Filter
    The greatest 1996 era melodic rock since... 1996. [#22, p.98]
  20. The Lemonheads 2006 may not be breaking any new creative ground, but they couldn't sound in ruder health.
  21. The Lemonheads is full of, for better or worse, comfort music. It radiates a blunted nostalgic glow that seeps through the frequent musical languor.
  22. The first Lemonheads record in 10 years makes a great case for meat and potatoes, verses and choruses, distortion pedals and minimal production.
  23. A likable, cogent album of adult punk-pop that matches Dando's easygoing voice to genial fuzz-rock.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JyotirmayaD
    May 2, 2007
    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
    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 orThe 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
    Excellent return to form from Dando. A little too short given the long wait, but overall everything an excellent pop record should be...