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It's A Shame About Ray (Collector's Edition)

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The Lemonheads 3/25/2008

Review

If Lovey captured Evan Dando as he found his signature blend of punk-pop, jangle pop, and folk-rock, It's 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 that's part of their charm -- they're immediately accessible and thoroughly catchy. Dando's 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 "Alison's 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 Hatfield's girlish harmonies, gives the songs an emotional resonance. [Rhino's 2008 collector's edition included ten bonus tracks, nine of which were demos, on the CD. The included bonus DVD featured music videos and live footage.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rockin Stroll The Lemonheads 1:46
  3. 2 Confetti The Lemonheads 2:44
  4. 3 It's a Shame About Ray The Lemonheads 3:7
  5. 4 Rudderless The Lemonheads 3:19
  6. 5 My Drug Buddy The Lemonheads 2:51
  7. 6 The Turnpike Down The Lemonheads 2:33
  8. 7 Bit Part The Lemonheads 1:51
  9. 8 Alison's Starting to Happen The Lemonheads 1:59
  10. 9 Hannah & Gabi The Lemonheads 2:40
  11. 10 Kitchen The Lemonheads 2:54
  12. 11 Ceiling Fan in My Spoon The Lemonheads 1:48
  13. 12 Frank Mills [Unplugged] The Lemonheads 1:43
  14. 13 Mrs. Robinson [Cover] The Lemonheads 3:45
  15. 14 Shaky Ground [Demo] The Lemonheads 1:48
  16. 15 It's a Shame About Ray [Demo] The Lemonheads 2:56
  17. 16 Rockin Stroll [Demo] The Lemonheads 1:48
  18. 17 My Drug Buddy [Demo] The Lemonheads 2:46
  19. 18 Hannah & Gabi [Demo] The Lemonheads 2:26
  20. 19 Kitchen [Demo] The Lemonheads 3:12
  21. 20 Bit Part [Demo] The Lemonheads 1:54
  22. 21 Rudderless [Demo] The Lemonheads 3:20
  23. 22 Ceiling Fan in My Spoon [Demo] The Lemonheads 2:17
  24. 23 Confetti [Demo] The Lemonheads 1:15
  25. 1 It's a Shame About Ray [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  26. 2 Ride with Me The Lemonheads null:null
  27. 3 Mrs. Robinson [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  28. 4 Being Around [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  29. 5 Alison's Starting to Happen The Lemonheads null:null
  30. 6 Hannah & Gabi [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  31. 7 Half the Time [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  32. 8 Rockin Stroll [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  33. 9 Confetti [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  34. 10 It's About Time The Lemonheads null:null
  35. 11 My Drug Buddy [Multimedia Track] The Lemonheads null:null
  36. 12 Bonus Material [DVD] The Lemonheads null:null

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