By 1989 the Lemonheads were still trying to find their sound. Their third album, Lick, features mostly heavy rock. Opener Mallo Cup is a propulsive rocker with a spindly riff, but was probably Evan Dando’s most accomplished song to date. Almost as strong is the countrified strum A Circle of One which has quite an unusual melody and sees Dando in fine voice.
More typical are Dando’s brief speed rockers Glad I Don’t Know, Come Back D.A. and Ben Deily’s 7 Powers and Anyway which add little to the album really. The Italo-metal Cazzo Di Ferro is pretty appalling really.
The most well known track on the album sees them take Suzanne Vega’s Luka and rock it up with heavy riffs, and a ‘loose’ treatment of the lyrics, and it works really well. But the rest of the album is too hit and miss to have any lasting impact.