The Lemonheads, 'Varshons' (The End)

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by David Menconi

Between "Mrs. Robinson" and "My Hero Zero," covers have accounted for some of the Lemonheads' most memorable moments. So aging alt-rock pin-up Evan Dando doing a full covers album seems almost seems too obvious. And for the most part, Varshons is pleasantly predictable, with celebrity cameos (Kate Moss, Liv Tyler) and selections from legendary rakes Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt that practically qualify as typecasting. But the countrified take on GG Allin's "Layin' Up with Linda" provides a moment of effective shock value, and improbable redemption arrives with the closing track: Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful." It feels like the perfect requiem for 1993.

Listen: The Lemonheads (feat. Liv Tyler), "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye"

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