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Train - 2003 My Private Nation


TRAIN - MY PRIVATE NATION (2003, COLUMBIA RECORDS)
Pat Monahan - vocals, percussion
Charlie Colin - guitar, bass, vocals
Jimmy Stafford - guitar
Scott Underwood - drums


Background
Unless you are profoundly deaf, or have spent the past few years on the Moon, you can't have helped hearing 'Drops Of Jupiter', the mega hit which propelled Train to Grammy-award-winning, multi platinum selling stardom. 'My Private Nation' is the band's much anticipated new record, and although technically their third release, the question is, has sudden fame and fortune influenced the band's music since 'Drops of Jupiter' became such a smash hit? Was it a one-off? Well, the answer to both questions is, no. As the name suggests, Train are as efficient, reliable and dependable as a daily service from Grand Central Station and similarly will get you from A to B without too much fuss or bother. On 'My Private Nation', the band have delivered a consistently strong and well-written album of blue-collar, all-American rock which shouldn't have any trouble appealing to the masses who loved 'Drops of Jupiter'.

The Songs
With the same producer (Brendan O'Brien), the same songwriting approach and more or less the same band behind it, 'My Private Nation' does feel like a reproduction of what's already come before, but is that such a bad thing? An album of experimental jazz was never on the agenda, and although quite a lot of people despise Train for what they represent, you can bet there's a hell of a lot more people who love them for giving them the stadium rock anthems they want. I'm not going to criticise the band for that. So, a by-now-familiar, blend of rousing rockers ('Calling All Angels'), epic ballads ('When I Look In Your Eyes'), mid-tempo pop-rock ('Lincoln Avenue') and more epic ballads ('I'm About To Come Alive') span the album's 11 tracks, and Pat Monahan's diverting lyrics - full of optimism and melancholy in equal measure -complete this quality package.

In Summary
'My Private Nation' may be low on bold musical progression, but it's high on feel-good choruses and radio hits. If you liked Train's last album, you'll like this, and that's guaranteed.

Track Listing:
01 Calling All Angels
02 All American Girl
03 When I Look To The Sky
04 Save The Day
05 My Private Nation
06 Get To Me
07 Counting Airplanes
08 Following Rita
09 Your Every Color
10 Lincoln Avenue
11 I'm About To Come Alive

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 31 2011 17:50:54
No profound deafness for me sadly and I have always wished I lived on the Moon.Well at least since 1975 in any case.The only thing I have not heard by Train is that megahit mentioned earlier in the review or was it the whole album.I have heard two albums by them and frankly I did not remember a single note on any of them.
 
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