The release of the
Rembrandts' third album, L.P., is preceded by the hype of "I'll Be There
For You," their theme from the popular Generation X sitcom Friends.
song was added to this album at the last minute (in fact, it is not mentioned
anywhere in the liner notes or the artwork for the project, just on a sticker
outside the jewel box). The tune, like the series, is upbeat and relentlessly
perky, but it's also damned enjoyable. The band has toughened the
instrumentation from the TV version and come up with one hell of a single.
rest of the album cements the band's critical rep as one of the great current
pop groups. From the stomping "Lovin' Me Insane" to the heartfelt ballad
"As Long As I Am Breathing," L.P. lives up to the name, feeling like a
long lost favorite slab of vinyl and yet, at the same time, feeling completely