Jed begins an important transition in the Goo Goo Dolls' career, refining their mixture of aggressive punk energy and melodic power pop hooks. Most importantly, guitarist Johnny Rzeznik occasionally sings lead for the first time in a move that would pave the way for the band's creative and commercial ascent. His contributions on "Up Yours" and the hilarious, acoustic "James Dean" provide some of the album's most memorable moments, while bassist Robby Takac lends his wonderfully raspy voice to revved-up tracks such as "Out of Sight," "Sex Maggot," and "Road to Salinas." Also included are boisterous covers of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Down on the Corner," which marks the group's first collaboration with Buffalo lounge singer The Incredible Lance Diamond. While not the Goo Goo Dolls' best album, Jed hints at the greatness that would come with its follow-up, Hold Me Up.
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AllMusic Review by Michael Frey