Lemon Memory

Menace Beach - Lemon Memory
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #627 / 722
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2017 Ratings: #571
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Memphis Industries / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY
Building on the experiments of ‘Super Transporterreum’ and allowing all their multiple sides to flourish, ‘Lemon Memory’ shows a band unencumbered by the constraints of genre or even their own musical history.
80
AllMusic

Lemon Memory is a subtle, yet solid step forward for Menace Beach as they move to separate themselves from a now-crowded field of '90s-indebted acts.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Lemon Memory is a markedly different creature to the Leeds band's debut and all the stronger and more tantalising for it - Menace Beach seem to be taking the opportunity of a rather ominous looking 2017 to create a pretty attractive alternative musical universe for them and their fans to inhabit.

70
Crack Magazine

With lyrics that reflect both their own lemon-centric worries and the foul, worried malaise that was 2016 on the whole, Lemon Memory is an anxious and affecting display of raw indie rock.

70
God Is in the TV

What sets this second album apart from its predecessor is the balance of power in the band. Where Ratworld was driven by Needham’s voice, Lemon Memory sees Liza Violet take the lead on several tracks. 

60
The Skinny

Wrapping a classic rock sound in a modern psych blanket, the young quintet have shown some impressive progression on Lemon Memory, following from 2015’s Ratworld.

60
PopMatters

As it stands, Lemon Memory is an improvement upon their debut. Whereas, Ratworld was a little more one-dimensional, Lemon Memory adds a few tricks to the repertoire.

60
musicOMH

There’s certainly more emphasis on the band’s love of drone and psych music this time round, which doesn’t always work particularly well.

60
No Ripcord

It’s undoubtedly a leap forward from the invigorating Ratworld, but while the range of tangents explored makes it a more interesting album, its lack of incisiveness prevents Lemon Memory from being called a better record.

60
The Independent

The effect was transformative, the fuzz-drenched mode of 2015 debut Ratworld supplanted by more thoughtful, diverse creations.

50
Loud and Quiet
Ultimately ... the problems with ‘Lemon Memory’ are two-fold: first, the songs aren’t distinctive enough but secondly – and much more damagingly – they rarely resolve into anything particularly exciting.
30
Drowned in Sound
It’s crushingly disappointing from a band that can sound so much better.
luisdelrey2016
60
► BEST TRACKS: "Darlatoid" and "Owl"
► WORST TRACKS: "Lemon Memory"
ChuckHorus
NR
I feel like this musical territory is well covered already. Nothing new or exciting here for me. Sentimental is a really annoying song.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#48/Louder Than War

Track List

  1. Give Blood
  2. Maybe We'll Drown
  3. Sentimental
  4. Lemon Memory
  5. Can’t Get a Haircut
  6. Darlatoid
  7. Suck It Out
  8. Owl
  9. Watch Me Boil
  10. Hexbreaker II
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