It’s about time we had a new album from Train! It’s been way too long between guitar-fuelled drinks for me at least. The band have taken a decidedly pop direction with this album and Pat Monaghan is in great voice as usual. Much like John Bon Jovi, he just gets better with age.
Speaking of guitar-fuelled drinks, that brings me to the first track ‘Drink Up’. It is the perfect escapism, yell-till-your-lungs-give-out kind of song. The ultimate party track. Lyrically it’s about putting “moments in a glass” and drinking up. All a metaphor people.
The first single from the album, ‘Play That Song’, has a real old school vibe as the melody is taken from a 1938 song called ‘Heart and Soul’ – definitely one for the couples out there.
‘The News’ is so pop you can almost imagine Bruno Mars doing a song like this. Contemplative and with a slightly darker sound to it, it’s pretty much about trying to make someone “turn on the news” and wake up to how you feel about them.
‘Lottery’ has a real Latin feel to it. The Spanish-style guitar opening and Cuban rhythms will make you think you’ve woke up in Puerto Rico. A holiday in a song, folks.
Train return to something like their old sound (cue all the sighs from Train fans everywhere) with ‘Working Girl’. With rolling drums that build like waves throughout the song, this is the point where they really are doing what they do best.
‘Silver Dollar’ is the most pop sounding track on the album – the inclusion of horns is magic here.
‘Valentine’ is a little doo-wop detour and so much fun. With stuttering beats that makes the doo-wop part of the groove, it’s totally catchy.
‘What Good is Saturday’ is a “wish you were home” song. Lyrically he is wondering what good is a Saturday without her? Aww.
Probably the most guitar driven song here is ‘Loverman’ featuring Priscilla Renea. A great addition to the album as she has worked with everyone from Little Mix, Madonna and Mary J Blige.
‘Lost and Found’ is a life lessons song where horns make another appearance. ‘Here’s to the time we have; Thank God for what we got; Here’s to the ones we’re waiting on, and the ones we lost.’ Pat sings.
‘You Better Believe’ is bound to go down in wedding song history – such a great piano-centred love song to end the album. Songs like this are something Train do so well ever since ‘Marry Me’.
Pop is a meld of a lot of genres and this album is testament to that. A party song, a bit of doo-wop, horns, and their signature guitar drenched sound all come together in an album that is totally unmissable.