Album review: THE REMBRANDTS – Via Satellite

THE REMBRANDTS - Via Satellite

Blue Elan Records [Release date 23.08.19]

The Rembrandts – Danny Wilde and Phil Solem – return with their first new album in eighteen years. Forever known to many for the hit ‘I’ll Be There For You’ from the US TV hit series ‘Friends’ (a song which twice made the UK top 5 singles chart), however they are much more than just that one song as the ten songs on here show they have plenty of musical treats to share.

‘Broken Toy’ is unsurprisingly a lead single off the album, a song where you can almost feel the sunshine and happiness coming from the music. Like all the songs on the album it features those gorgeous guitar chords beloved of the Rembrandts. To be fair any of the songs on here would be staples of daytime radio if only the majority of radio stations moved away from rigid playlists.

There is a definite spirit of Tom Petty and the Travelling Wilburys on ‘Travelling From Home’ and ‘Now’. The latter features pedal steel guitar and gentle jangly guitars, add in crystal clear production and you have a classy piece of country pop.

A nice Beatles meets country vibe on ‘You’d Think I Know’, a perfect example of how both Wilde’s and Solem’s voices meld together to create melodic pop nirvana. They maybe not the most prolific of artists but when they do write and record together they hit the spot.

Well worth the wait to hear these new tunes although please don’t leave it as long next time please! ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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