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It's A Shame About Ray

The Lemonheads

1992

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It's A Shame About Ray

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3.14

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It's a great example of early 90s alt-rock. It really is. Only problem is I can point to a dozen bands that sound exactly the same from the same era. But, for what it is, it's good and deserves a place on the list.

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Day 38 of Albums You Must Hear!! When I was a kid, I loved Lemonheads. Not the band, the candy. I would buy them almost every day, I loved the sour centers! This assessment isn’t about candy, however, it’s about a band from the 90’s that were also called Lemonheads. I wasn’t familiar with this band before now, or their album released in 1992, titled It’s a Shame About Ray. From the very first song, Rockin Stroll, I instantly knew I would like this band. Evan Dondo, band creator and singer, has a great voice that does a fantastic job of staying in its own lane, without trying to wow the listener.. The melodies throughout this album are great! Lemonheads remind me of other bands of the 90’s that had more commercial success, and while I don’t know the story behind this band, it seems Lemonheads had a shit ton of unfulfilled potential. Title song, It’s a Shame About Ray, is very catchy and a well executed diddy. Kitchen is a song that could’ve been the show tune of a great 90’s sitcom, and I mean that as a compliment. (I also love the bongos on this song). The biggest song for Lemonheads was their cover Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson. I actually remember hearing this version back in the day and loved it then and still love it now! (It was featured in Wayne’s World 2 and later on, in The Wolf of Wall Street). To be honest, I actually prefer the Lemonheads version to S&G’s, the rock drums and electric guitar riffs give it so much life, almost surfer music-ish. Shaky Ground is a very personal song that I suspect is about drug use, maybe something else? I’m really glad I got to experience this album, it is a definite 100% must hear! If you’re a fan of The Lemonheads, please tell me which album to listen to next from them, I plan on hearing more from them! Please share your thoughts, memories, and opinions!!

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They're Pavement if Pavement didn't want to live the high-stakes art life and retired to the suburbs, strumming polite tunes in the unborn baby's room-cum-study, dolefully reflecting on what could have been. Basically, the Jason Bateman character in Juno.

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If playing the same song over and over again qualifies you for the 1001 list, then baby, I’m in!

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5

More to them than just Mrs Robinson. I liked the easy tunes with lyrics that were deeper and darker

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5

Sound like something I would have love when I was 15

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I'm really liking this. Good power pop, nice melodies. I've not heard this before, except for their take on Mrs. Robinson.

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Definition of "meh". When your most famous song is a cover of a song from a movie maybe you're not that good

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Underwhelming 90's alt rock. A bit jangle pop-y. Not my style, frankly. There are some catchy bits for the most part it just doesn't leave much of an impression on me.

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“Your just a shit Soul Asylum” or something

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This album made me feel like I was strolling down an aisle in Homebase, searching for the most commonplace of plumbing items, only to get distracted by colourful plastic kitchen appliances. It reminded me of the toys you find inside a Kellogg's cereal bag that make you feel simultaneously grateful and offended by their audacity to send you yet another piece of plastic for your lifelong it-could-come-in-handy hoarding pile.

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When a cover is the best song on your album you might need to rethink things

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Ok but dull, samey jangly pop rock. Not worth a second listen.

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5

Surprisingly solid, for how little I've heard from the band. Right up my alley.

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5

Loved this one! felt like a time machine to the kind of music I used to listen to, but somehow never these guys!

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5

Love it. Such a warm feeling album.

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5

One of the first handful of albums I ever bought with my own moolah and I've still got a huge soft spot for it. It's pretty much perfect in its own early '90s slacker pop kinda way. Although I really wish they had left it alone and not tacked Mrs. Robinson on the end in an attempt to shift a few extra units.

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Classic indie. Love it. BT: Rudderless, My Drug Buddy, Alison's Starting To Happen

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This is one of my all time favorite albums. I love it.

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Loved it

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5

90s goodness. I’ve heard of this band but never actually listened to their music. I love it!

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I love Evan Dando so, so much and this album is probably his best. The inclusion of Frank Mills from Hair, the musical makes me extra warm inside.

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A complete joy and a personal favourite. The threshold between teenage and adulthood on one CD.

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5

Great laid-back indie pop. I think it might be worthy of the golden 5 out of 5! Hook laden singalongs. Continually came back to this album through the 90s. Pity that Evan Dando started taking himself so seriously...

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You really hit my sweet spot today. This was my absolute favorite album in '92-'93, one I still pull out to hear from time to time. It's a perfect little musical gem of that moment in time, one that has held up beautifully over the past 30 years. This album is full of edgy power pop, with a great mix of melodic, bittersweet toe tappers and muscular, energetic rockers. It has those ragged, grungy edges that made it fit in so well in its time. There is a nice interplay of jangly and jagged guitars burning at the edges that keep any of these songs from getting too pretty. The mood of the album goes a level deeper than most power pop, with a strangely cheerful malaise, conveyed through some wonderful, catchy hooks and thoughtful lyrics. It never gets overly dark or dour though. Some of Evan Dando’s lyrics may hint at dissatisfaction and restlessness, but the more pensive and personal songs like “Rudderless” or “Confetti” live easily alongside songs that are just pure fun like “Rockin Stroll” and “Alison’s Starting to Happen.” Dando delivers the lyrics perfectly, with a warm, sometimes slightly wistful and bittersweet vocal. He doesn’t convey the detachedness or irony of some of his contemporaries, so the lyrics come across as very heartfelt. Juliana Hatfield’s brief vocal appearances are like a little lemon zest on your pasta, bright and unexpected. I find myself really enjoying "Hannah & Gabi" today, which wasn't a song I gave much thought to in ‘92. It’s actually one of the best songs on the album, and probably the best musically executed song on here. The slide guitar on that song is really gorgeous. I did not know until today that it was the amazing Jeff "Skunk" Baxter playing on that song. Every song on here is terrific, with no filler. The flow of the album is crisp and concise, clocking in at around 33 minutes if you include “Mrs. Robinson.” The Simon & Garfunkel cover that was added to later versions of the album is doesn’t add a thing, but still sounds pretty great. The cover of “Frank Mills” from Hair is actually very sweet and engaging. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Confetti, Hannah & Gabi, Rudderless, It's a Shame About Ray, The Turnpike Down, My Drug Buddy, Rockin Stroll, Kitchen, Alison's Starting to Happen, Bit Part, Ceiling Fan in My Spoon, Frank Mills, Mrs. Robinson

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Ok 100

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good

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5

I'm only about 5 songs in but this is the most 90s rock album I've ever heard in my life. If you asked a computer to make an amalgamation of all 90s rock bands this is what it would spit out. This is right up my alley, never heard of this band but really digging it and added a few songs to my playlist. One thing I always do when a band I've never heard of comes up on this list is try and figure out which song is that one song that I've definitely heard before; super easy in this case.

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5 stars immediately. Sentimental favorite. Way too many memories attached to this one to pretend. But also I think these quickie songs hold up - catchy as all shit and taking you to some unusual places - at least for music made in '92. If you like this and have never listened to their album 'Hate Your Friends', give it a try.

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I have a real nostalgic fondness for this record. In 1991, I moved out of home and into the inner city of Sydney, hanging around Glebe and Newtown and seeing gigs at the Annandale Hotel, working in a grungy record store. As it so happens, Evan Dando was also hanging around Glebe and Newtown and the Annandale Hotel (I would see him there pretty regularly around that time) and hanging out with local musos and people who worked in record stores. and he wrote this album about that. The sound, the songs, the people in it, the videos, all reflect that time. the tunes are great, all the songs are really short and leave you wanting more. Celebrity never did Evan any favours, and he never hit this peak again. I love this record, because it is a cracking listen and because it reminds me of a special time in my youth. (I also had a crush on Alison, from the song Alison's starting to happen. She worked at another record store and played drums in a band. She was really cool, and really starting to happen).

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Anyone turned on to Lemonheads with Lick, Lovey, and the Favorite Spanish Dishes EP pointed to IASAR coming once Dando had the right lineup and songwriting partners. Hatfield’s backing vocals add some sweet, sometimes sad, texture to Dando’s singing. This is a perfectly crafted indie-pop album. It’s a road-trip sing-along record that can be played on repeat. Except for one thing… when I got the CD back in the day it didn’t have the Mrs. Robinson cover. I prefer that version. It wasn’t a necessary add and it’s inclusion diminished the album a bit.

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5

First off the title track is one my favorite songs of all time, it finds its way on so many of my playlists. Confetti and My Drug Buddy are great tunes as well. While it was overplayed as shit back in the 90's, Mrs Robinson is still a good cover. Last thing Juliana Hatfield's backing vocals are awesome this album. It's probably a 4 star album but I'll give it 5 stars based on the title track and the fact it reminds of being 20 again.

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5

This was probably the best album in their progression towards more mellow tunes. At the time it was probably an album by a traditionally grunge band that your parents wouldn’t mind you putting on. Loved it at the time and still remember all the words.

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5

Such a good album. I've played it three times today, including the demos.

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5

This will always be one of my favourite records.

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4

very very good alt rock album, it is nothing special but the songs are catchy well written and does not bog down

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4

Honestly, a lot better than expected. I liked most of the songs.

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4

Good solid Indie/rock/pop album

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4

Great album by a good band

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4

Some good songs in there

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4

Really catchy, a bit of an edge. Gives me warm, 90s movie vibes

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4

Melancholic.

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4

fun album. pop grunge with notes of pop punk

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4

While I know this isn't an amazing album, it's like a big warm blanket for me. I listened to it A LOT in the 90s and listening to it for this put me instantly at ease. It speaks to a specific time in my life. My first instinct was to give a 5 because of how it made me feel, but after thinking about it more it needs to be a 4.

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4

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Decent ‘shoe-gazing indie’ as Karla calls it, but nothing to get too excited about apart from the Mrs Robinson cover which is great

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I really like this style of American punk

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super cool

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4

A fun and jaunty album. Very simple and enjoyable. Favorite song: The Turnpike Down, Hannah and Gabi

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Very cool album! I liked every song! Going to listen to these boyz more for sure.

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Cant believe I never really listens to this band before, this rules

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Mrs Robinson, The Turnpike Down, Confetti, Hannah & Gabi, Kitchen

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A pretty enjoyable album and it grew on me the more I listened, despite the fact that only a few tracks really stood out for being distinctive. Of those that did, Bit Part was a really sad song with clever lyrics and Confetti was really catchy. A 3.5 stars but I’m generous and will round up.

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That 90s sound, surprised I never heard it before

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4

Great album, had never heard of this band before so was a good listen

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It's pretty good. I don't know, it's not my favorite. But I enjoyed the time we spent together.

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not bad, some cute little songs there. very nice cover to boot. I liked it, mrs. Robinson is WEIRDLY out of place though.

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bra grejer

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4

Classic 90's "pop-rock". Obviously Mrs Robinson the most well known / loved track here (and for good reason - a great cover) but the whole album is full of gems.

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God I love Juliana Hatfield.

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Evan Dando in topvorm! Stuk voor stuk catchy liedjes.

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Dit is echt jeugdsentiment. Gast kan echt wel goeie liedjes schrijven. Beetje jammer alleen dat ie zo vaak dronken op het podium staat.

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Jaa, super! Die andere van de lemonheads is eigenlijk nog beter, of daar heb ik iig betere/meer herinneringen aan..

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Cool

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A fun throwback to my immediate post-college years, this album is nothing complicated but filled with immediately catchy pop-rock songs in the vein of early-ish Goo Goo Dolls. The album gets going right off the bat with "Rockin Stroll" and those first four songs in particular are great. My personal favourite is "Rudderless" in that it stays relatively contained until that very end double time chorus gives a great release. If there's a negative, Evan Dando's voice gets a little tiresome for me (would have liked Juliana Hatfield to sing a few tunes - would have made this album even better, mixing it up a bit) but the good thing is that it's a short album :) that closes with a banging cover of "Mrs. Robinson." Again - nothing specialized but highly recommended. 7/10 4 stars (ranked based on the original release. I'm not a fan of the "extended" album / demos - so if you're in the same boat stop playing after "Mrs. Robinson" (Apple Music))

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I had a lot of fun with this one! Pretty solid! Glad I listened to it. A lot of good tracks. The "Mrs. Robinson" cover was VERY unexpected, but as a big Simon and Garfunkel fan, I greatly appreciated it. Overall, a very good album.

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4

A proper power pop album chock full of good tunes. Evan Dando knows his songcraft. A bit druggy, a bit slack but a joy, nonetheless.

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Seemed pretty homophobic?

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Не дослушал, не оч зашло

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I really liked this one. If Nirvana was a cup of black coffee. You know, the kind where there's inevitably some grounds at the bottom. If Nirvana's that, this cup of tea. It's by no means a happy album but it's got a calm melancholy you can take refuge in.

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4

Pretty good! Easy listen.

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8/10

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That's Mrs. Robinson

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4

Jeez that artwork alone is enough to transport me back to 1991. Rare for a band to launch with a cover and then be able to back it up with their own material but Lemonheads did it. My favourite kind of indie pop-production standards don't have to be abandoned just because it's indie pop. A genuine treat to listen to the whole album.

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4

Enjoyed it quite a bit. Pop rock, nice.

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Solid

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Solid proto punk turns pop. "Bit Part"

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4

Very solid and enjoyable. Not a lot of absolute bangers, but the album is solid from start to finish and has a great alternative vibe.

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When the most memorable song on an album is a last song cover, you might think it's an awful album. But this one is fantastic. For some reason, I love the song Frank Mills and the change of tempo/tone throughout the song.

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Based on the name and the Mrs Robinson cover I always assumed the lemonheads were a punk band that toned it down for the cover. Looks like they rocked it up for the cover. Been really enjoying this album. Stand out tracks - Bit part Mrs Robinson Allison's starting to happen It's a shame about Ray

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4

Pretty nice.

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This one was good. I've never heard The Lemonheads before but they seemed to lay the groundwork for a sound that was copied over and over again in the 90s

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4

this is an all-timer.

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It's a shame about Evan Dando.. pretty boy Evan was the rage and the scorn of 90's music. Unfortunately, I was a consumer of the later feelings and didn't really appreciate him until after the Lemmonheads heyday. My girlfriend "Beefdog" had this CD and I remember listening to it a lot when we first moved in together. It grew on me and so did the Lemonheads. I know Paul Simon HATED the Mrs. Robinson cover but I think it's the best and most fun track on this album. Great album. It is quintessential early 90's granola rock when Evan Dando was a smoldering Adonis and the ire of Seattle grunge.

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4

Good band, good album, enjoyed listening to it

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Начало альбома более энергичное и интересное, под конец приходили мысли о выключении. Альбом хороший, но я заскучал

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grunge top d+ as demo version são as melhores

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I don't really need to re-listen to this because I'm never not listening to it in my head. "Rudderless," "Allison's Starting to Happen," "Ceiling Fan in my Spoon," "Frank Mills," the Simon & G-Funk cover... it's everything that I want from this type of music, in that it's perfectly imperfect and constructed with the utmost simplicity needed to lodge itself in my brain. Evan Dando is probably an awful human being, but fortunately I don't have to date him. Also, “Nursery Cryme ” by Genesis. That’s the one to listen to instead of the one that was on this list.

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Really tuneful jangly indie that leans almost into power pop territory. None of the songs outstay their welcome, so each is like a technicolour splash in the ol' auditory canal. Nothing stood out, which is perhaps a strength - ie, everything here is of a consistent high quality

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8'5

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Good 90s vibes

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4

Oh, so that is where that song comes from!

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4

This is a good album but I don't think it's as important or innovative as people thought at the time.

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4

Pretty good! Had only ever heard Mrs Robinson but was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the album

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4

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this album. It seems to have predicted the rise of early 2000s alternative rock and I even heard the seeds of pop punk in there as well.

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4

Love the lemonheads, but this is my first time with this album. Love the title track, Evan Dando's signature vocals are great as usual, and there lyricism and pure pop/punk reminiscent of cotemporaries Greenday but I feel they have a more artful/literary bent with songs that tell real stories. Love "Rockin Stroll" "My Drug Buddy" "Alison's Starting To Happen" and the McCartney like "Hannah & Gabi" lovely album rightfully on this list. A 4 from me.

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-That riff in "Rockin' Stroll" sounds like "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden -I totally interpreted the lyrics of "Frank Mills" to say that George Harrison was a drummer ("He was last seen with his friend, a drummer / He resembles George Harrison of The Beatles") -Pretty nice alternative rock

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4

I enjoyed. Could hear many bands in them that they obviously have influenced. But did get a bit samey after a while.

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4

Typical early 90s alt/college rock. If I was a couple of years older, I probably would've been really into them. As it is, it's a good album, one I'm glad I listened to, and one I'll go back and listen to again. I'm sure they were on a bunch that I can't think of at the moment, but I can just see in my head the number of indie/Miramax movies from the 90s that would've used some of these songs on the soundtracks.

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4

I only knew them from the two singles that were everywhere. This was a good listen. Some quality 90s pop/rock.

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4

Most of it was really good, but it dropped off in the end for me. I prefer Simon and Garfunkel's version of Mrs. Robinson over this one, but it's not bad.

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4

an alternative rock album with clear punk/postpunk influences, lyrics are well written and the mrs robinson cover is great

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4

This is something I will be listening to again, adding to my collection. I knew a couple of tracks, most obviously the cover of Mrs. Robinson which apparently wasn't even on the original release. Did not know Julianna Hatfield was part of this as well. Always loved the album Become What You Are by her...so this is just a nice add on.

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4

I only vaguely recalled this one. It’s really enjoyable. I also was unaware that Juliana Hatfield was the bass player on it.

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4

Really 90s alt-rock. Fun to listen to and each song is nice and short which is always a plus. 3.5/5

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4

Rock alternativo

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i heard this once or twice a few years ago when i had a bit of a period of listening to this early 90s alternative almost-grunge type stuff. it's not bad, but is a bit samey. a bit whiney in spots. 3/5.

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“Californian” commercial rock

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Cool one, like it

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90s indie/college rock. Power pop. Sounds like Elvis Costello

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3

The clear highlight of this album for me was the Mrs Robinson cover and also "Rudderless". There were a few other really good songs, but it also fell into that alt-rock sameys that Elastica also hit for me. Not quite as memorable as I hoped even after attempting two listens.

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3

It's a goodun but not wholly memorable

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3

it was ok

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Tuttu levy vuosien takaa. Tätä tuli popiteltua joskus lukio/opiskeluaikoina aika paljonkin. Rempseätä punkpop-menoa jossa ei turhia ylimääräisiä kikkailuja juurikaan esiinny. Hyvä levy, mutta ei todellakaan mitään vallankumouksellista. Mukavaa nostalgiafilistelyä kuitenkin!

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Fico ruim nao

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Reminds be a bit of a less energetic Blink-182. Overall a good listen, and I feel like I can see some influences from this kind of sound in modern stuff.

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3

It was fine

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Good, would listen again

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3

I’m certain I would love this if I got into it in the nineties. But I didnt so now it meh.

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Yeah, fine. Standard alt rock type stuff. I didn't listen to it at the time, so it doesn't have any nostalgia value for me. Fave track - "Mrs Robinson", and I know it's technically a bonus track, but sue me!

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3

Wasn't sure about some of these, a bit whiney american but really loved all the stripped back demos at the end. Not sure if these are supposed to be on the full album but there you go

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Geht gut rein, perfekter daydrinking Soundtrack, "punkig" genug zum saufen, mellow genung zum entspannen. mir hats gfallen was die aus earm Zintrona grent nauszupfelt ham, subbrgeil. Leider nicht unbedingt ein Album das ich so hören würde. 3.5*

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3 - cooler than expected

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Muy años 90. Tengo buenos recuerdos de algunas de estas canciones pero no es un disco para tener como imprescindible. Lo mejor la versión de Mrs. Robinson que se añadió en ediciones posteriores del disco. Lo buenos es que es cortito y se oye en un suspiro. (las versiones Demo del Remastered las podéis obviar)

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3

Pretty chill album might listen to again. Picked a good couple of songs

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Only song I had previously heard was their Mrs Robinson cover. If this came out 10 years later, I would have been a big Lemonhead

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3

Quite enjoyed this, seems like a bridge between grunge and american pop punk

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I remember Evan Dando being a running joke during the last days of the weekly printed music press. I've no idea why and know nothing more about the Lemonheads. This album was ok. Not pushing any boundaries and not a great deal of variety, but enbenjoyable enough guitar pop rock album.

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Never really caught the hype for the lemonheads at the time.....although I'd have been 12 when this album came out. Listening back, it's alright...... but I can't see it being particularly notable for any reason

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3

Good energy and a great alternative style cover as the showpiece

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Sounds a bit dated after all these years. Reminds me of my sister listening to it whilst full teenage angst.

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Enjoyed the album. The cover of Mrs Robinson doesn't quite sit right with me though. Mostly because it isn't part of the original album and was only added because it was a popular. Added to that, the band's frontman doesn't even like the song or Paul Simon, and Paul Simon doesn't like the cover. What a shitshow 😂 It's clearly the biggest song on the album, except it isn't really on the album is it? 6/10

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Grungy rock type stuff. It’s alright

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I liked it, but it's pretty generic 90's alt rock.

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American slacker fun.

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I would class it as Teenager rock, easy listening for me.. However, It is very simple and predictable, so I think is only ok. Very vanilla, but good Vanilla. 3/5

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Nice inoffensive, stuff with a couple of classics with a small ‘c’

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Liked this a lot.

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Punk... Não sei se há algum gênero musical mais genérico. O álbum em si não é mau, até é bastante catita, mas não consigo com Punk, não consigo achar piada nenhuma a isto. A melhor cantiga é o Frank Mills. Nota:5/10

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The only Lemonheads song I knew was the cover of Mrs.robinson (which is a banger) good to hear some others

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3

Nice to have something that really screams "90s".

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3

It was good, but nothing special. Pretty average rock.

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Not bad. Simon and Gar can suck it

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A mediocre rock album, although with no definite faults. 7.0/10

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its a shame about this album

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An interesting blend of 90s pop & country sensibility.

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it's alright

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Fun, typical 90s indie-pop rock. Of note, their cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson' was the first alt cover that was a significant hit. All of the covers today whether good or bad are because of this.

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Bastante promedio

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Sort of washed over me not offensive not great just there in my ears.

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swift and straight to the heart. I like it although I think int not that relevant.

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it's fine, not outstanding i would say

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Pretty decent alternative rock album. Definitely stands out from those of the 90's since it's not as grungy. It takes up roots in the punk genre while adding acoustic guitar flare. The first half of the album has most of the good tracks, by the end of the 2nd half everything starts to feel stale. It falls in the space between stud and dud. Favorite Song: It's A Shame About Ray Least Favorite: Ceiling Fan In My Spoon

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pretty bland honestly

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31st August 2021 Listened in the morning and while waiting for jen to go to Costco to buy stuff for Cox, Dan and ailis coming round for dinner. I'd heard of the lemonheads from people like Edith bowman but didn't realise they were nirvana style grunge. I liked it.

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Definitely is a 90s album. It is a decent album. The only song I knew was a cover song.

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Classic 90's jingle-jangle guitar pop rock. This is music that could only have come out of that decade. Melodic, and nowhere near as dark as some of the music that was massive at the time. Evan Dando has such a knack for a tune. Gonna have a listen to their other albums now:-)

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Not bad

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Ne dusunecegimi bilemedim bu album hakkinda

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rudderless çok güzel ama keşke kapak picsarttan yapılmış gibi gözükmese

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3.5

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-Never heard of this band -Gives off a nostalgic vibe that I like -Who is Ray? -Favourite songs are Confetti, My Drug Buddy, Mrs Robinson

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Beaucoup d'album dans ce genre dans la liste. Pas mauvais mais pas vraiment une révélation ni un de meilleurs dans la liste 3

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A good solid, rocker. I almost took a star off of the rating for the intro to Bit Part though (annoys me every time I hear it). Great cover of Mrs. Robinson at the end too. Always loved the chords at the intro to Rudderless. A few tracks that I'm not crazy about (Turnpike Down, Bit Part and the Ceiling Fan in my Spoon song) but I'd say a solid 3.5 rounded down to 3. (it was that intro!)

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Huge fan of this period of rock but not sure what is so amazing about this album. For sure there were a lot of bands with the Lemonheads sound after this album came out (especially in Canada) but I don't know if that was due to their inspiration or because these guys were what record companies were looking for then. I actually went back to this album over the summer thinking there's gotta be more to the band & album than their Mrs. Robinson remake. And there is but it's not earth shattering. It's melodic and catchy, with liberal arts grad school lyrics, and takes folk rock to alternative heights. But nothing overly memorable.

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The vocalist sounds a LOT like Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens (that's not a bad thing). It's too bad most people think of the "Mrs. Robinson" cover; these songs are catchy. But that just might be the vocals for me.

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1992...yep.

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Mixed emotions.

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I thought it was fun and I like the music I did an absolutely love the singing but I don’t like it overall it was a good beat and yeah

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Good album, not really my genre

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Not bad. Great Mrs. Robinson cover

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Mag das Album sehr, bin mir aber nicht so sicher warum das auf der Liste ist. War das im Musikjahr 1992 wirklich einer der größten Würfe? Evan singt jedenfalls schön, und Juliana Hatfields Präsenz finde ich ebenfalls sehr angenehm. Immer wieder auch interessant das Wissen um die allumfassende Fertigkeit der Protagonisten (auch schon damals) und ihren doch so freundlich und nett erscheinenden Output. Ach so, recht stümperhafte Produktion auch, ist mir erst jetzt aufgefallen.

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not amazing not bad, one banger

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This type of pop-rock is a secret pleasure of mine.

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so critically 90s it almost hurts. overall, nothing special IMHO but enjoyable enough

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Hi: Ceiling Fan in My Spoon, Allison Is Starting to Happen Lo: Rudderless, Frank Mills, Mrs. Robinson Ever heard of the 90's? oh you have? Then have you heard that song with the not-too-crunchy guitar, not-too-whiny voice singing about a girl he likes or his friend that does drugs or some everyday random observation...and it's short and punchy...You know the one right? It's basically every 90's alternogrunge, Dinosaur Jr, Buffalo Tom, most of the Reality Bites soundtrack, or spinning in Rachel Greene's Discman. I don't know if the Lemonheads invented the sound, but one listen and you know exactly what decade it is, because it perfectly encapsulates the whole decade, either because it's the template or it's just so generic. I don't know...There are some serious clunkers on this album. Rudderless sounds like a skipping record, Frank Mills is a meandering lukewarm attempt, and I have never been a fan of the Mrs. Robinson cover...On the other hand, It's a Shame About Ray isn't a shame at all, it's soulful and sappy. Alison is bouncy and enjoyable...Ceiling Fan is catchy, pointless, and fun. 3 stars.

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No sabría bien qué decir de este disco. Pensé que iba a ser malísimo y nada que ver. La tapa es sugiere ese pensamiento.

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Really liked the Demo versions of the songs. The album versions sound like someone told them to make the songs as generic as possible.

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Outside of the cover of Mrs. Robinson which I've heard many times, I found this album to be pretty generic. Nothing really stuck out. Not bad, but also no reason to listen to again. 3.

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3/5 interesting but no

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It's ok. Actually liked the demos better than the produced tracks. Pretty standard 90s alt-rock.

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This was one of the first CDs I owned but I don't particularly have a ton of nostalgia for it. Kinda surprised it's on this list.

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Wat makkelijk verteerbare pop-punk. Niet erg memorabel album. De 'Mrs Robinson'-cover zou het album een sterretje meer geven, maar aangezien ik enkel rekening houd met de originele versies, blijft het maar op de middelmaat

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7/10

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Similar vibe to Learning to Fly

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This is for you Mrs. Robinson

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It's pretty good, solid 3

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Good energy. 5/10

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Thoroughly enjoyable, nothing much that's eye-opening or inventive. Early 90s radio. Mrs. Robinson cover is pretty good. If you're wondering what other song sounds like "My Drug Buddy"... took me a while, but I think it's Dirty Work by Steely Dan.

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Lighter punk feel. Easy listening for the style of music and a couple of the "hits" on this album.

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Fun flashback

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Second half of the album made it. Possibility to be great but first half is very forgettable

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It's alright, for being a genre that I don't enjoy too much

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Decent alt rock. Very '90s

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When Evan and Juliana are singing together I perk up. There voices blend well (Drug Buddy). Bit Part is good. Energy to write more depleted.

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I am not familiar with THE LEMONHEADS’s music, but I am aware of their existence After to listening to IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY, the album on the whole is pleasant enough to listen to, but it is average Alternative Rock. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY is the only album included. Rate Artist: THE LEMONHEADS (3.0) Rate Album (Year): IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY (1992 Original) (4.0) Rate Album (Year): IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY (1993 Japanese) (4.0) Rate Album (Year): IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY (1993 Rhino Collector’s Edition) (3.5) Ranking of THE LEMONHEADS - IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY songs No. Title Length Ranking 01) "Rockin Stroll" 1:48 09.0/10 02) "Confetti" 2:47 07.0/10 03) "It's a Shame About Ray" 3:08 08.0/10 04) "Rudderless" 3:21 08.0/10 05) "My Drug Buddy" 2:52 08.0/10 06) "The Turnpike Down" 2:34 08.0/10 07) "Bit Part" (studio version) 1:52 09.0/10 08) "Alison's Starting to Happen" 2:00 08.0/10 09) "Hannah & Gabi" 2:41 08.0/10 10) "Kitchen" 2:55 09.0/10 11) "Ceiling Fan in My Spoon" 2:00 07.0/10 12) "Frank Mills" 1:45 06.0/10 Original 1992 Release 95.0/120 = 7.92 / 2 = 3.96 Re-release bonus track 13) "Mrs. Robinson" 3:45 07.0/10 Bonus material 14) "Shaky Ground" (B-side) 1:49 06.0/10 15) "It's a Shame About Ray" (demo version) 2:57 07.0/10 16) "Rockin Stroll" (demo version) 1:49 08.0/10 17) "My Drug Buddy" (demo version) 2:47 07.0/10 18) "Hannah & Gabi" (demo version) 2:27 07.0/10 19) "Kitchen" (demo version) 3:13 08.0/10 20) "Bit Part" (demo version) 1:55 08.0/10 21) "Rudderless" (demo version) 3:21 07.0/10 22) "Ceiling Fan in My Spoon" (demo version) 2:18 06.0/10 23) "Confetti" (demo version) 1:16 06.0/10 Rhino 1993 Release 172.0/230 = 7.48 / 2 = 3.74

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Nice. nothing special.

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Was ok. Not very memorable

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Having only been familiar with them from their famous cover of Mrs. Robinson, this band is essentially a one hit wonder to me. I always figured they were grunge-adjacent folky pop rock like Blind Melon, and this album pretty much confirms all my expectations. This is a bit more upbeat than Blind Melon but not nearly as interesting. It's perfectly listenable, if bland entry in 90s alternative rock.

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Kitchen Spicy but not liquor, funny how the fruit and the radio come out at the same time. So it's a shame about Ray, isn't it? A great soft rock / nearly punk album release at the beginning of the growing hip-hop songs and trash metal albums, being now for 3 decades a record lost in time and space. I think that people are never satisfied, "songs too long (too short in this case)", "too many tracks on the album", "it's a shame because the tracks are the same" and stuff like that. 1992 was great year of music and certainly Lemonheads were one of the lost boys that hope people listen to, but they were focused in other names, well, it's a shame about them…. B-

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Genre: Power Pop 3/5 This is the most album-ass album I've heard all week. A 90s rock album that does everything, and sounds like everything, which has preceded it. There is truly nothing very interesting, except for some fun chordplay from lead guitarist/singer Evan Dando, but the vocals are bland, and the production is as stale as ever. This album could pass off as the CD the band who plays at the bar down the street made. A good album by the band who plays at the bar down the street, but that's really about it. Certainly does not feel like an essential listen, and not one needed to be listened to before death, but it was peppy, inoffensive, and made me tap my foot. All you can ask for in a "power pop" record. Even one as remarkably dull as this.

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quand la vie te donne des citrons, fais des chansons pas dingo par contre des bonnes reprises oui j'ai bien aimé Frank Mills

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Who let the lemonheads into the room

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I thought this one was pretty good. The songs here are pretty basic stuff, but well-made. There's some nice solos on here, particularly on 'confetti' and the title track. Overall I think this one is a three stars. It's good, but the songs aren't really adventurous or inventive enough to warrant anything more.

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very 90s sounding. Other than the 2 songs I recognize from radio play in the 90s, it all sounds very similar.

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Ok, it's nice to listen to 3

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American Brit pop, which is odd as a concept! Good, but not great, with the title track and the cover of Mrs Robinson being the most immediate tracks. Plenty of other decent songs too though. One other thing: the audio quality of some of the bonus tracks sounds like a cassette taped from a vinyl record that had been left in the sun - so much hiss and pop!

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Perfectly ok.

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decent 90's alternative

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The Lemonheads (and Evan Dando) always show up on lists of super influential early 90s bands. While I feel the music is decent, I don't find anything about it particularly interesting or captivating. I also can't STAND Mrs. Robinson...such an overplayed song. Overall an average record. 3/5

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100% 90's Alt-rock album.

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I miss this lighter, more gently weird side of that swath of genre you used to be able to get away with just calling “alternative” back in the 90s. Mostly just good old rock and roll, and I’m not sure this distinguishes itself that highly above many similar acts of the age, most of which didn’t manage to crest much above regional recognition. But I liked it perfectly well.

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The Mrs. Robinson cover slaps

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A bit too goofy in places. Non offensive indie pop.

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Nostalgic production, but overall not my personal cup of tea.

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Pyöri siivoamisen taustalla, Mrs. Robonson-cover jäi ainoana mieleen. Pitäis varmaan kuunnella uudestaan ajatuksella?

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Not exactly the type of sound I'd find myself listening to. The vocals are like soap? in a way to me. Not super appealing, but I can see why some might like it.

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Hittibiisiä laskematta ei sytyttänyt kummemmin.

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Alright, but nothing special.

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I hate saying "eh," but.... eh.

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Soulless jangly indie pop. I feel this sort of stuff, hugely popular at the time, was a backlash against grunge. Grunge was covered in emotion, and it seems someone decided that was too much so they'd strip all emotions out of music entirely. This is the music we ended up with. It feels flimsy, like it's made of slightly damp paper.

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Wäre die Musik noch etwas beliebigerer Rock, würde sie nerven und beim Autofahren zum umschalten zwingen. Hat aber ihre Momente. Bleibt aber nicht viel davon, Mrs. Robinson.

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Wasn't a fan, Mrs. Robinson cover is good though

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Title track I remember. Decent track. Otherwise pretty forgettable 90s music.

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I should like Lemonheads just based on my other musical tastes, but I just don’t. I find his voice completely bland and boring, the music and production are muddled and nothing stands out. I think he’s a decent songwriter but those other factors make this a 2 star album for me.

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Demo Versionen raus aus allem. So. Habe das Gefühl es gibt nen Grund warum nur einzelne Songs ein Hit werden.... der Rest ist nämlich auch nur okay. Album is absolute Scrubs Musik. Was eigentlich cool ist. Würde es aber ohne den Schkobär und den Lauch-Doktor nicht hören.

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This album has not agreed well. Some decent tracks, but mostly boring.

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Meehh

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Tämä oli mielestäni aika turhanpäiväinen levy. Ei säväyttänyt hyvyydellään tai edes olemalla millään tavalla erikoinen, miksihän levy on nostettu mukaan listalle? Oli siellä tietysti hittibiisi Mrs. Robinson, mutta ei pelkästään yhdellä hyvällä biisillä pärjää. Mielenosoituksellinen kakkonen!

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Nice enough but none of the songs really grabbed me at all. All just a bit backgroundy.

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Meh

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Would probably fit in a 90s teen coming of age film but outside of that it didn't interest me much.

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Good music, liked it all but nothing stood out as excellent. Will maybe listen to their 2019 album as I want to see where they took their sound.

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I like their 90's grunge pop sound, but most of the tracks are a bit samey.

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not my vibe

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well that was incredibly samey. one track repeated loads of times until they hit us with their money maker.

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It's good 90's alt rock.

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Not my thing.

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Absolutely loving Rudderless. I liked most of the album, Rudderless is probably the only one I would listen to again though

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Not much redeeming about this album it's rather boring to listen to. I find the mixing a bit off with the guitar tracks and vocals. Lyrics didn't grab me much. Might just be my taste and it's not so bad I couldn't finish it which is why it's not one star.

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More whiny, sad American 90s shite.

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Not my favourite. Liked more the demos.

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Never heard the whole album when it came out. Knew the Mrs. Robinson cover and title track were good. First few songs were pretty good. Then it got boring. Meh.

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I mean yeah it’s okay, but there’s no subtlety or dynamics to the songs and, as KC said, they might as well be the Gin Blossoms or the Goo Goo Dolls.

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Meh. Pretty generic and uninteresting. Some neat songs, but overall not a fun time.

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Okay, nothing special. Best song is a cover.

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Just kinda mediocre music. I'm not sure what this inspired or how it's an important album, so I'm not sure why it's on this list. Favorite track: Mrs. Robinson

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90s power chord rock. A few fun tracks that kind of went in one ear and out the other. Overall pretty uninspiring.

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It's a shame...this isn't better. Soulless slacker pop grunge. It's not bad...it's just not all that good.

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very 90s, rather boring

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The only good song was the Mrs. Robinson cover, 2.

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„Rudderless“ wird immer einen besonderen Platz im Herzen inne haben, aber es war mir schon damals klar, als ich die Platte verkaufte, nachdem dieser eine Song auf eine Compilation gesichert war: das gilt nicht für den Rest dieses reichhaltigen 90‘s Indie-Rock-Opus. 1.9

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Pretty okay ^^ Listenable. But it really is a shame about Ray.

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Repetitive and not noteworthy.

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Early 90s cookie-cutter music. Not bad, but instantly forgettable.

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Only thing I remember about Lemonheads was their cover of Mrs Robinson

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Generic alt rock music. Unfortunately boring to listen to. Just "meh." 2.2/5

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If you took every single alternative album released in the 90s and averaged them together you would get this absolute milquetoast, forgettable LP.

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One of Martha's favorites! Ah-- the sparse and low-fi production of the 90s

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First parts lacked intimacy... Last paets lacked enthusiasm

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Mostly inoffensive.

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Never really got the hype about this one. It's a pretty fun album but nothing really clicks for me

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Is this the group that sings the Friends song? The only halfway decent song here is the “bonus” track remake of the Simon & Garfunkel classic which, aside from its janky, driving beat, has none of the charm or musicality of the original.

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Not to bad listen to most of it

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It looks much better as an idea than an actual result. Basic indie rock with

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Bit disappointing. Felt like it was a bit sub-Wildhearts rock. Not much too it.

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It was easy to have on in the background but I wasn’t that impressed 2*

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Ну ооочень скучно. Пару дней пытался осилить альбом, не вышло.

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Pretty good. Might have to dig in another day

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With a band name like ‘The Lemonheads’ the odds of this being a good record were always going to be low. And so, it proved to be.

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Nothing earth-shattering for me here.

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It’s not necessarily bad but this kind of music is very lame imo

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favorite songs: It's A Shame About Ray; My Drug Buddy; Mrs Robinson.

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First time listening to this one. I have heard of the Lemonheads, but I don't think I can name one song. None of the songs on this one are familiar to me. I think it has potential and there are a few songs that really stand out to me. The first was My Drug Buddy. The title track, It's a Shame About Ray is the next best song followed by the cover of Mrs. Robinson. Others: Bit Part, Hannah & Gabi, and Frank Mills. 2.5/5

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Grunge hasn't aged well. I always viewed Mrs Robinson as comedy record. Didn't make it to the end of this album. I'd forgotten all about Juliana Hatfield.

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Certes j'ai somnolé pendant l'album, mais rien n'a retenu mon attention.

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The Lemonheads have melody writing down, but too-quickly give it up to slide on every song into acoustic guitar pop-punk jangle. Without a concept to tie it together, the record slid past without making much of an impact on me.

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kind of boring

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Slow and not very catchy so far. I don't think the music is bad just not my style. Boring and bland.

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Just not that good. Likable and approachable, sure, but first half is awfully samey and formulaic (simple chords + mid-tempos + rolling beats + longing, semi-ironic vocals + rinse + repeat). Second half is slightly better. The steel guitar on “Hannah and Gabi” just reminds one how little variation there is. “Drug Buddy” and “Bit Part” are best of the lot. The S&G cover is merely annoying, partially because it was well-loved by knuckleheads. This is my sweet spot and era and these guys failed to impress then, a poor-man’s Replacements at best, strike me the same way now. They didn’t exactly overwhelm contemporary competition (Buffalo Tom, Soul Asylum and Grant Lee Buffalo and, adjacently, Yo La Tengo and Dinosaur, Jr. [both of which, along with the criminally-excluded-from-this-study ‘Mats, are much, MUCH better bands]). One smiles, one taps one’s toe, but remains underwhelmed, but "bubblegrunge" was on target and maybe flattering to the LH’s. 2.5 > 2

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p684. 1992. 2 stars. Average white boy garage band plays average white boy garage songs. Nothing memorable here. Why is this on the list?

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1992: Mrs. Robinson

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0 stars if i could

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Made it through 3 or 4 songs and stopped cuz I wasn't enjoying

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no

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Was kind of bland compared to its contemporaries. Maybe I need another listen but...

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Absolutely nothing memorable or interesting?

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The punk undertones are heavy, but it is eclipsed by the mediocre sad/whiny 90s tone. Absolutely nothing of interest lyrically, and the 2 is only coming from the instrumentation being above average. That Mrs. Robinson cover is a nail in the coffin for this album. Christ almighty.

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One hit don't make a classic album

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Very boring

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Finding this rather exhausting. This is what Wilco would sound like if Wilco sucked. Thought Mrs. Robinson might make me like them more but that one annoyed me too.

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Du teenage + une reprise passable de Ms Robinson, pas mieux qu'une étoile

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Tak hamerykansko brzmiacego albumu dawno nie slyszalem, w negatywnym znaczeniu tego zwrotu, pierwszy raz takze slysze o lemonheadsach, ale gdy spotifajowym najbardziej granym trakiem jest cover, mrs robinson, ktory jest bonusowym trakiem tego krazka, to wiedz, ze cos jest nie tak, bo cale 30 minuty plyty brzmia jak pierwszy trak, wyjatkiem jest ostatni coverowy trak, na ktorym ktos zastapil tego niepelnosprytnego basiste, co troche zmienilo kompozycje, ale 12 orginalnych trakow nie brzmi zbyt tak lekko, ze jednym uchem wpadnie, a drugim wypadnie, pan Dando tworzy raczej liryki, tak typowo hamerykanskie, ze az do bolu, hamerykanskie jak lata 90 alternatywnej muzyki i kucingu, na plejke dodam kawalek tytulowy, ktory najlepiej oddaje odcienie szarosci w jakich utrzymana jest plyta

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Boring

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I was quite looking forward to playing that I knew of the Lemonheads but had never listened to an entire album theirs before. Every day’s a school day and all that. However, I didn’t really find anything in this to latch on to. I’m not even sure how I would describe it if someone asked me. “mature 90s alt rock” maybe? Feels very much of its time and place, but it didn’t grab me in the way I had hoped.

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