May 11, 1998 12:00 PM

Danny Wilde and the Rembrandts (EastWest)

For the Rembrandts, the theme from Friends was a friend indeed. In 1995, “I’ll Be There for You,” the hit single from the hit sitcom, gave Southern California-based pals Danny Wilde and Phil Solem a shot at stardom. Unfortunately, the duo’s bland follow-up album rarely matched the bubbly, Beatle-esque harmonies on “Be There,” a song they didn’t even write. Then, in 1997, Solem split. Now Wilde, with three backup players, has revived the duo’s original sound—sunny vocals mixed with catchy melodies—and created the first Rembrandts album truly worth owning.

Bottom Line: A potential one-hit wonder bounces back

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