Tom Sinclair
October 18, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

THE LEMONHEADS Car Button Cloth (Tag/Atlantic) Back after a three-year absence that included a stint in drug rehab, chief Lemonhead Evan Dando picks up more or less where he left off with Car Button Cloth, crafting an album of hummable tunes too steeped in tradition to be truly alternative. The country-tinged ”The Outdoor Type” (written by Dando pal Tom Morgan) and the chilling ”Losing Your Mind” prove the Lemonheads can still squeeze deliciously bittersweet pop out of their souls. B+

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