Album: The Lemonheads, Varshons (Cooking Vinyl)
Friday 12 June 2009
Evan Dando continues his career as the slacker's slacker with this collection of cover versions, approached with such lack of interest that he couldn't be bothered to source the songs himself, but instead relied upon mixtapes given him by the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes, producer for the project.
It's a mostly dispiriting experience, whose prevailing folk-rock style sits less easily over things like Wire's brief, early "Fragile" and self-loathing suicide GG Allin's murder ballad "Layin' Up With Linda" than on more naturally congruent material such as Gram Parsons' "I Just Can't Take it Anymore" and Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die", the latter's fatalism starkly conveyed by the bass drum pulse and fiddle drone. Elsewhere, obscure psych-rockers furnish highlights, with early Lemmy outlet Sam Gopal's conga-laced hippie classic "Yesterlove" lent depth by Dando's careworn voice, Green Fuz's eponymous garage-rock anthem transformed into a portentous swirl, and The Only Ones' John Perry enlivening July's "Dandelion Seeds" with snarling wah-wah guitar licks. Sadly, his feedback can't rescue Dando's rote duet with Liv Tyler on Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" – though by comparison with the Kate Moss-fronted electropop number "Dirty Robot", it's a model of tasteful restraint.
Download this: 'Dandelion Seeds', 'Yesterlove', 'Waiting Around To Die'
tvSpolier alert: Find out the result of a heated final show
peopleWhat advice would David Cameron give to his younger self?
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Auction house to give away $1m masterpiece in charity raffle - and tickets are only $100 each
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 5 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- < Previous
- Next >