Lemonheads The - Its A Shame About Ray 12inch
If Lovey captured Evan Dando as he found his signature blend of punk-pop, jangle pop, and folk-rock, Its a Shame About Ray is where he perfected that style. Breezing by in under half an hour, the album is a simple collection of sunny melodies and hooks, delivered with typical nonchalance by Dando. None of the songs are about anything major, nor do they have astonishingly original melodies, but thats part of their charm -- theyre immediately accessible and thoroughly catchy. Dandos laid-back observations of middle-class outcasts are minor gems. The heartbroken title track or "Confetti," the crushes of "Bit Part in Your Life," the love letter to substances "My Drug Buddy," or the wonderful "Alisons Starting to Happen," where a girl finds herself as she discovers punk rock, capture the laconic rhythms of suburbia, and his warm, friendly voice, which is offset by Juliana Hatfields girlish harmonies, gives the songs an emotional resonance.