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Not the album I was waiting for,
This review is from: California 37 (Audio CD)
I've loved Train since "Meet Virginia." I've always loved their tunes, their silly lyrics, and overall style. I'm the one standing at the Fillmore 6 hours before the show starts so I can be in the front row. I've caught guitar pics, thousands of up-close shots, a photo of Pat with me and my friends, been personally crooned to with his arm around me, met Pat in person. I love Train. I am Train's number one fan. I go weeks without listening to anyone else, and they're the only band I can listen to while studying.
I love Train and I **do not** love this album. I'm not even sure I like this album.
Prior to "California 37," iTunes informs me that I've only given two of their songs a rating of fewer than 4 stars. ("Idaho" and "Heavy," for those wondering.) "California 37" has 5 songs that rate under 4 stars for me. There are only 11 songs on the disc. I've gone back and changed ratings a few times as I hear things differently, so this was not a 'first impression' rating.
Sure, Train has changed. I went with Pat's solo stuff, actually I really liked it. I went with "Save Me San Francisco," even though not all of the album is my favorite, I still really like it overall. This? What is this? I sat through a law school exam on April 17, barely able to contain myself, anxious to finish so that I could buy the album, and this is what I get?
This'll Be My Year: too name-droppy. I really like the song overall, but it's too name-droppy. You've got a captive audience. Who are you trying to impress?
Drive By: the single. When this came out, I said "if this were by anyone but Train, I would hate it." I stand by that. However, it is an excellent running song.
Feels Good At First: the closest to 'real' Train on this album. This feels like a more advanced version of something off of "Drops," and I really like it. By far my favorite.
Bruises: meh. What is this, Crossroads? Too mainstream, too country-sounding. I like country music, but not from Train.
50 Ways to Say Goodbye: another running song. The lyrics remind me a little of "All American Girl," but poppier. Good for running though.
You Can Finally Meet My Mom: another name-dropper. Why? Just why? Shakespeare is timeless because he did not include many references to pop culture in his works. This song is the complete opposite of timeless.
Sing Together: fun, catchy. I don't have many complaints about this one, though I wouldn't say it ranks as high for me as the earlier stuff.
Mermaid: sounds like they're pandering to teenage girls. I hate this song, hate the lyrics. I tried to listen to it to give it time to grow on me, but after 20 seconds I'm cringing. The chorus bothers me the most. I gave it 1 star on iTunes, I'd give it 0 if I could. The only Train song on my iTunes with skips, and by far the least-played song.
California 37: edgy, which I'm typically inclined to steer away from, but I feel like it's done well here. I do not appreciate the degrading line toward women, but I do think there are other good lines. Also, can someone clear it up for me: is Heaven's door Vallejo or Novato? I can't figure out if he took 37 east or west.
We Were Made For This: no bones, but it doesn't stand out to me.
When The Fog Rolls In: okay, here we go. Probably my second favorite track. THIS feels like the Train I love. Nearly as much heartbreak as "Something More," and a great use of piano.
Overall... Not the album I was hoping for nor expecting. Maybe next time.
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Initial post: Jul 17, 2012 12:31:42 PM PDT
S. Schreiber says:
what songs are on this cd? Amazon page doesnt show them?
Posted on Jul 29, 2012 3:20:42 PM PDT
W. Boland says:
Great review. I think I agree with pretty much everything you said. I'd have say when the fog rolls in is the best song. Personally I loved Bruises also. The rest was okay. I felt the same about the name dropping throughout the album.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2012 3:22:43 PM PDT
W. Boland says:
I think they've been added now
Posted on Jul 29, 2012 4:03:12 PM PDT
S. Schreiber says:
Thank for the great comments so now I know about this album...Sherry
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2014 10:40:41 PM PST
Funny you say this because this is my favorite Train album. I was not a big fan of them until Save Me San francisco came out although I did like Drops of Jupiter and Calling All angels. So when I heard Soul Sister I had to buy the album and I really liked it. When California 37 was released I bought it the first day and loved most of it. My favorites are Maybe This will be my year (great story song like We Didn't Start the Fire), Drive-bye, You can finally meet my mom and 50 Ways to say Goodbye. Least favorite is the title track and then probably Mermaids. I love car radio, sing along type music. Pat Monahan has a great voice and I want to hear him sing pop-rock songs. Keep up the good work!
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