The Lemonheads - Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners: The Best Of (4 stars)

The Lemonheads - Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners: The Best Of

Expansive look at Evan Dando and co's back catalogue

(Rhino)

Evan Dando is still going strong as the lone remaining member of The Lemonheads, although his days as a mainstream slacker rock heartthrob are long behind him. As this two-CD, 47-track collection demonstrates, though – perhaps too extensively for all but Dando’s most devoted fans – his is a catalogue that bears revisiting.

For every cheery grunge-pop crossover like his breakthrough ‘Mrs Robinson’ cover or ‘Alison’s Starting to Happen’, there are many more songs with real tenderness and enduring heart: ‘Into Your Arms’, ‘Big Gay Heart’, ‘If I Could Talk I’d Tell You’ … Look out also for a fine cover of Suzanne Vega’s ‘Luka’ and the unsettling stoner anthem ‘Rick James Style’.

The Lemonheads - Rick James Style w/Fred Mascherino (Philly) 10-8-11

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