It took about two more years than the band had planned, but last month Jeremiah Freed finally dropped the second part of their Companion album, Companion Part II. It's a set that's better than the first and it's a nice throwback EP to the band's sound in the 2000's. More than that, these songs are throwback classic rock too.
Across these five songs, Jeremiah Freed showcases a couple of things. The first is what they showcased years ago when "Again" was buzzing with alternative radio stations - it's the guitars. Just like with that song, there are some giant solos here that are appreciated even more in the guitarless world we live in. Outside of the guitars it's easy to appreciate the vocal of Joseph Smith, his voice has a down-to-earth feel and as he's matured his voice has too. It’s easy to appreciate the band, there aren't a lot of acts like this anymore. Bands that play their own music and have an undeniable chemistry between them to come together and create something special. That chemistry paired with this EP not being overproduced gives it a very live quality to it and that's appreciated.
In comparison to the first part of this EP, these songs are simply better. That EP wasn't bad, but in comparison to this set it seems like it was just a warmup. These five songs all rock and they're all better than anything on the previous EP. The band is more settled in after working together again for a bit and there's just a better feel to these songs.
The second part of Companion is better than the first, but the whole set is a nice collection of music. If you're a fan of the band you're likely to appreciate this set. If you haven't heard of them before but you love 2000's rock, then you'll really appreciate this.