Boston's most famous '90s alt-rock band,
The Lemonheads are an interesting case of stars aligning, for better or worse: "Ray" was released the same year as
But really, none of that matters. "Ray" is available on Spotify, and it's a great listen. I missed the Lemonheads in their prime, so "Ray" is very new to me. There are obvious influences on it — the Replacements come to mind first — but the Lemonheads weren't afraid of crossing over, or at least writing songs that had the potential to. "My Drug Buddy" offers insight into Dando and Co.'s altered states while recording in Australia. "Bit Part's" male and female vocals add conflict to the self-deprecating but upbeat tune. It's mostly straight-forward, well-written college rock, something we don't get a lot of these days.