10 years on from Evan Dando's last fanboy tribute to the songs that make him tick comes VARSHONS II. Featuring tracks from Nick Cave, Paul Westerberg (The Replacements), Yo La Tengo and Lucinda Williams, his choice of material remains impeccably left-field. And, as he ages it's noticeable that his voice is acquiring a distinguished whiskey hue...
Standout tracks here are The Jayhawks Settled Down Like Rain and John Prine's Speed of the Sound of Loneliness. Unfamiliar melodic gems are all despatched in an understated way. But it's noticeable that even The Eagles overly familiar Take It Easy works in this intimate setting.
Evan Dando has a long history of classy cover versions (Suzanne Vega, Simon & Garfunkel, Oasis et al) and Varsions II stands up to the wayward pedigree that we now associate with the wonky career trajectory of The Lemonheads. Vinyl revolution album of the week
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