The Lemonheads – Creator

ARTIST: The Lemonheads                              lemonheads-creator-cover

TITLE:  Creator





LINEUP: Ben Deily, Evan Dando, Jesse Peretz, John Strohm

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:  More pop, less punk from the Boston group which was splintering as they recorded it.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is Ben Deily’s record, he wrote eight of the original 13 tracks. Evan Dando only contributed three, and sang the two covers (Kiss’ “Plaster Caster” and a Charlie Manson tune – yep, they did “Your Home Is Where You’re Happy).

It takes a little bit to hear a Lemonheads record where Dando’s lazy voice isn’t out front, replaced by Deily’s tight gruff growl, but Deily’s songs, while punky in genesis, are definitely poppier than their earlier work. There’s still some punky elements, like Dando’s “Clang Bang Clang”, but there’s more of a sense of melody here. The production doesn’t do them any justice, though – some cuts seem muddy and have an odd mix.

Featuring John Strohm of the Blake Babies on drums (!), Creator was going to be their last record until a tour of Europe beckoned. In reality, they would have been a footnote at most had they split up after this album.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Deily and Dando sang on the songs they wrote, and didn’t sound like they collaborated much on each other’s songs.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Two bonus tracks from a later tour of the Netherlands featuring songs from their next album. So why are they on here?

GRADE: B-: I like it better than I used to, but it’s kind of a record for fans only.

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