The eagerly awaited follow-up to Ratworld unfortunately falls short of the mark, lacking direction as the band flit between garage rock, shoegaze and dream pop. There are fleeting glimpses of their favoured grunge sound, both Sentimental and Suck It Out draw out the best in Menace Beach. They have an excited turn of pace and the driving guitars lead the way, whilst both are deviations from their original sound they provide the stand out moments on Lemon Memory.
Owl’s stark diversity in comparison to the majority of the album leaves it lost, making Lemon Memory feeling even more disjointed. The tracks in their own right have their individual merits, but as a cohesive album they don’t really work.