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Album Review

Moving to a major label didn't affect the Lemonheads' sound as much as the departure of Ben Deily; without him, Evan Dando was free to let his sensitive side run wild, which is exactly what he does on Lovey. Dando never completely abandons punk-pop on Lovey, but he does balance it with excursions into jangle pop and country-rock, some of his best songwriting to date. By now, he has begun to develop a signature voice, a distinctly suburban and middle-class voice that embraces the mundane details of everyday life. That gives songs like "Stove" and "Lil' Seed" an off-kilter sensibility, which is made all the more appealing by his gift for simple hooks. Even though Dando has made significant strides forward, the most affecting moment on the record remains his stark and very pretty cover of Gram Parsons' "Brass Buttons."

Customer Reviews

Dando at His Best

"Stove", "Half the Time" and the re-worked "Clang Bang Clang" (here titled "Left for Dead") certainly earned their share of air time while I was a DJ in college. It's hard to believe that was twenty years ago, as this album sounds as necessary now as it did then. While I find this to be the most consistent set of songs on a Lemonheads release, it most likely fell between the cracks as it isn't the success of the follow-up "It's A Shame..." nor does it appeal to the indie cred of "Lick". Still, it is what one expects from Dando, hightlighting the punk of early Lemonheads releases while hinting at what the future would bring for Dando and his foray into alt country. If you are a fan of what Dando has been doing recently, do yourself a favor and discover his finest hour.

Lovey is a hidden gem

I had forgotten about this album until stumbling over it again here. A true indie masterpiece of its time and a real treat to hear once more. The whole album hinges between dark pop and punk subtleties while still keeping a grounded country-esque feel. This is a great find for anyone who appreciates true 90's indie music.


Formed: 1986 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Lemonheads' evolution from post-Hüsker Dü hardcore punk rockers to teenage heartthrobs is one of the strangest sagas in alternative music. Initially, the group was a punk-pop trio formed by three teenage Boston suburbanites, but over the years, the band became a vehicle for Evan Dando. Blessed with good looks and a warm, sweet voice, Dando became a teen idol in the early '90s, when Nirvana's success made alternative bands commercially viable. While his simple, catchy songs were instantly accessible,...
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