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Train’s new album breaks barriers

July 15th, 2012

Train’s new album, titled “California 37,” showcases musical risks the band takes which will astound many fans.

This is Train’s seventh album, following “Save Me, San Francisco,” which certified Gold in 2009. The pop/rock trio band has many popular hits such as “Drops of Jupiter,” “Marry Me,” “Hey, Soul Sister” and their breakout hit “Meet Virginia.”

It has been three years since Pat Monahan, Scott Underwood and Jimmy Stafford first recorded an album, and fans are eager to listen to what the trio has produced.

If fans are looking for the band they met back with “Meet Virginia,” they may be surprised with unexpected musical twists in Train’s new album.

This album features new sounds and new instruments for Train. The album includes whistling, flutes and trumpets, in addition to Spanish, country and gospel sounds.

This shows how the band is willing to take risks in order to not only please their fans, but to expand on what they are able to do in the music industry.

One of the flails in the album is the song, “This’ll Be My Year,” which is the first song on the album.  It is clear that Train’s song is a rip off of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” making the song unoriginal.

A major difference is that Train’s song starts with events from the ‘80s until now, whereas Joel’s song starts in the 1940s and goes until the 1980s.  Train’s song is also more of a love song, while it follows semi-recent events waiting to find a woman to love.

Their new hit single, “Drive By,” has a mix of reggae and rap style. The lyrics of this song are also catchy: “Oh I swear to you/ I’ll be there for you/ This is not a drive by,” sings the lead singer Monahan. The radio is blowing up with this new single.

Whistling and chorus singing occur in the song “You Can Finally Meet My Mom.” Many older and younger people will relate to this song with the cultural references to Jesus, Etta James, Justin Bieber and Steve Jobs. With lyrics like, “Should have spent less time making loot/ And spent more time in my birthday suit with you,” will make moms cringe but teenagers laugh in agreement.

“50 Ways to Say Goodbye” is another possible hit single for the band. It has a Spanish feel to the song that makes it sound new and fresh for Train. The lines, “She was caught in a mudslide/ Eaten by a lion/ Got run over by a crappy purple Scion,” are not traditional Train lyrics at which fans may marvel.

The album ends with the song “When the Fog Rolls In.”  The song is about a relationship ending, which can be taken as a parallel to the album ending as well.

For those die-hard Train fans or just fans in general in Cleveland, the band will be stopping by during their 2012 summer tour.  They will perform on August 16 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

For now, bring the musical variations of Train to the comfort of your own home. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stylings of the band on “California 37.”