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The Best of the Lemonheads: The Atlantic Years

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The Lemonheads 7/14/1998

Review

Evan Dando -- for all intents and purposes, he is the Lemonheads -- is a sporadically brilliant songwriter. Every one of his albums contains as many flops as masterpieces, sometimes more. Hardcore fans have learned to live with this and even cherish his dopey detours, but there are many others who would prefer to have all the best bits on one disc. Which means, of course, that The Best of the Lemonheads: The Atlantic Years offered the perfect opportunity to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, it was bungled, at least in America (it was released in Europe and Japan with more tracks). With the exception of "Mrs. Robinson" (never a favorite of hardcore fans, but included for those nostalgic Gen-Xers), it's hard to argue with what's here, but it feels criminally brief at 12 tracks, especially since the songs are rarely over three minutes long. It's entertaining, to be sure, and it makes a convincing argument that Dando is a clever pop craftsman, but it leaves you wanting more -- which isn't really what best-of albums should do. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Confetti The Lemonheads 2:45
  3. 2 Rudderless The Lemonheads 3:18
  4. 3 Into Your Arms The Lemonheads 2:42
  5. 4 It's a Shame About Ray The Lemonheads 3:4
  6. 5 Mrs. Robinson [Cover] The Lemonheads 3:40
  7. 6 My Drug Buddy The Lemonheads 2:50
  8. 7 It's About Time The Lemonheads 2:39
  9. 8 Big Gay Heart The Lemonheads 4:23
  10. 9 If I Could Talk I'd Tell You The Lemonheads 2:44
  11. 10 The Great Big No The Lemonheads 2:48
  12. 11 It's All True The Lemonheads 2:15
  13. 12 Ride with Me [Acoustic] The Lemonheads 3:50

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