Tom Morgan has been credited by some with taking Evan Dando in a more poppy direction and propelling him to global acclaim during their partnership in The Lemonheads’ It’s a Shame About Ray/Come on Feel era.
Orange Syringe is in large parts certainly evocative of these classic albums. It’s in the phrasing, the rhythms, the simple hooky melodies and the soulful and guitar-led instrumentation. The loose sounding acoustic guitar of opener, One True Love, and first single, Taste for Blood, are glaring examples of Morgan’s infectious musical abilities. And by the time we reach Virtuoso and I’ll Provide the Wine midway through this album you can’t help but wonder whether Morgan’s influence on the Lemonheads and Dando was, in fact, far greater than was ever acknowledged.
Tom Morgan can list Outdoor Type and It’s a Shame About Ray among his writing credits and Orange Syringe shows that his ear for melody and lyrical wit remain intact. That said, there is nothing really new or exciting here and I can’t help hearing Evan Dando singing some of these songs and them sounding better for it.