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Its a Shame about Ray

music reviewmusic reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Its a Shame about Ray

Artist: Lemonheads
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: November 1992

Review by LarryG
3 stars out of 4

When he's interviewed, Evan Dando gives the impression of being a somewhat dopey, strung out pretty boy. But he's some sort of idiot savant with an amazing ability to write tight, catchy pop rock songs. Both It's a Shame About Ray and its successor, Come On Feel the Lemonheads, have one boppy song after another. The Lemonheads' most recent, Car Button Cloth, also has a lot of good songs, including the great, though disturbing, If I Could Talk I'd Tell You. But It's a Shame About Ray is their best for its raw, joyful spirit as well as an excellent, fast, loose limbed version of Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson. It's a Shame sets a fun, fast tone right from the start, racing through its tale of a little boy's pram ride on Rockin Stroll in less than two minutes of garage rock bliss. Confetti with its "he kinda, should of, sort of would have loved her if he could have" refrain is bouncy rock with a nice guitar solo from Dando. The title track slows things down a little but has a great hook. Throughout, the songs are fun, fast pop. The songs aren't particular important, just good music. Dando mixes the moods with angst tinged songs like Rudderless and purely exuberant ones like Alison's Starting to Happen. No matter what, the music keeps moving. The band with Juliana Hatfield, who made a very good, catchy pop rock album of her own called Become What You Are, on bass does a good job of keeping up with Dando's great pop.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.  Q Magazine 1/93

"...a triumphant return with a fifth heaping hamper of catchy, crafty guitar-pop ditties via [Dando's] wonderful Lemonheads..." Spin 5/92, p.16



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