Jeremiah Freed

Jeremiah Freed, a videogenic quintet from Portland, Maine, specializes in the kind of larger-than-life, slightly metallic rock that many thought had suffered an unceremonious commercial death more tha

Jeremiah Freed, a videogenic quintet from Portland, Maine, specializes in the kind of larger-than-life, slightly metallic rock that many thought had suffered an unceremonious commercial death more than a decade ago. Well, if the early response to the single "Again" is an accurate indication, the kids want a little taste of the good ol' days. "Again," as well as the equally single-ready "Rain" and "Reasons," follow a solid formula of gentle verses building into air-punching, anthemic choruses. There are no surprises here, but the band (most notably frontman Joe Smith, whose heartfelt wail is the stuff of teen dreams) hits all the marks perfectly. And it does so with ample guidance from venerable metalman Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt).—LF