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Rembrandts, The - 2003 Lost Together


THE REMBRANDTS - LOST TOGETHER (2003, ATENZIA RECORDS)
Phil Solem - vocals, guitars, bass
Danny Wilde - vocals, bass, guitars

Including:
John Fields - keyboards
Dorian Corzier - drums, percussion
Michael Bland - drums
Ken Chastain - percussion
Michael Severens - cello
Matt Darling - trombone


Background
Power-pop fanatics will be intrigued by Atenzia's decision to sign Minneapolis' duo The Rembrandts. Hey, who can't forget them after their catchy-as-hell 1995 hit single and theme song to everyone's fave sitcom 'Friends' - 'I'll Be There For You'. Of course, those of you who are regulars here at HOTR will know your musical history and discography, to the point that The Rembrandts did not start and stop with that one tune. First coming together back in the glory-days era as Great Buildings, the pair released a fine power-pop album in 1981 called 'Apart From The Crowd'. Both went out as solo acts, with perhaps Danny Wilde being the most successful and most visible of the pair, with a number of releases during the 80's decade. However, like a boomerang relationship akin to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Solem and Wilde hooked up again as The Rembrandts in 1990, their debut album followed shortly after, including the Top 20 hit 'Thats Just The Way It Is, Baby'. A couple more albums, plus the 1995 pay-dirt of 'I'll Be There For You' ensured the duo some success. However, it wasn't all choccie's and roses, the pair giving up the ghost yet again in 1996.

The Songs
Wilde continued The Rembrandts brand, but the pair rejoined for another reunion in 2000, with 'Lost Together' being the resultant product, on the small indie label J-Bird Records. This album sees a return to the heyday of their 1990 debut album, a lovely acoustic based jangle, always with an emphasis on sweet melodies. 'Lost Together' received glowing reviews from many quarters upon it's release in October 2001, and nearly a year later, Sweden's Atenzia Records gets in on the act and signs the duo to a new deal. Atenzia's version of the album sees one additional track to the original twelve. Track three 'Im In Love', where the lilting vocal and organ backdrop evokes memories of early Crowded House - perfect pop patter for a Sunday afternoon. Elsewhere, the tracks are warm and inviting. Standouts include the title-track, with it's Beatles-esque verse and easily captive chorus, the musically bright but lyrically despairing 'St Paul'. The pair go ambient on the dream-like atmospherics of 'You Are The One', while they change gear completely on the excellent upbeat angst of 'Big Plans'.. where the subject Gabriella is a girl in a hurry (obviously) - 'She's got big plans/She's not the kind of girl you give a Valentine/And all your sentiments are just a waste of time..'. 'Some Other World' is another highlight, the tight arrangement is as close to essential power-pop as you're likely to hear this year.

In Summary
For the most part, this is a pretty cool album, and well worth a look-in. Perhaps the only missive I have is that some of the quieter songs need to have definitive hook, or an offset, purely to give the musical structure some contrast. However, it's the sort of album that can play away harmlessly in the background, providing a pleasant backdrop. For die-hard Rembrandts supporters you'll already have this album no doubt, the addition of an extra track may not be enough to get your credit card interested. First timers however, might be. Lets hope the new Atenzia deal will result in a 'new' album real soon!!

Track Time: 47.12

Track Listing:
01 Lost Together
02 St Paul
03 I'm In Love
04 Too Late
05 You Are The One
06 One Of Us
07 The Way She Smiles
08 Another Day Down
09 Buddy Jo
10 Long Way To Go
11 Big Plans
12 Some Other World
13 Hapiness

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