It was always going to be tough to follow-up ‘It’s a Shame About Ray‘, but The Lemonheads didn’t do a bad job here.
On a pure good song count this albums runs ‘Ray’ close. The problem is that there are a pile of not-quite-right tracks that get in the way and pad this thing out so that it feels a little like Evan Dando looked a few years later when he got off the nose -candy and went all late-era Brando (maybe Evan Brando).
The front row line up of gentle indie-pop gems are Rest Assured, It’s About Time, Into Your Arms and Being Around. The sound is a bit brighter and cleaner than on the previous release, the guitar work more country, and Dando’s collaborations with Aussie Tom Morgan just as strong. To keep up the Antipodean flavour, Into Your Arms is actually a cover of a Hummingbirds tune (but livened up considerably).
Backing up those first-graders are some decent fall-backs in the freak out Style, the silly Big Gay Heart, Down About it and You Can Take It With You.
If they’d just left it at that this album would be neck and neck with its predecessor. Unfortunately, the fat friends spoil the party somewhat. I am still happy for it Being Around:
File under: Feels flabby but fine