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Drops Of Jupiter - Train
Member Name: magenta23
Drops Of Jupiter - Train
Advantages: 11 brilliant tracks
Disadvantages: No fillers here
Like many in the UK, first heard of Train from their gorgeous single, Drops of Jupiter, which was shortly followed by the album of the same name. This was all the way back in 2001, but still it's one of my most listened to albums.
For those of you unfamiliar with them, Train are a band formed in California and fronted by the gravelly voiced Pat Monahan. Their sound is distinctive as is the voice and four albums on, with multi platinum sales worldwide, I can't be the only one who can't get enough of them. Funnily enough though, I still get many blank looks when I mention them to people here.
The first time I heard the title track from 'Drops of Jupiter', the bands second album, I wanted to hear more. You hear hundreds of songs on the radio some them you don't know and don't care who it is, others you are sick to death of, and then occasionally there's on that makes you stop what your doing and think 'what's that'? This is one of those records. They used to play is a lot on Virgin Radio (now absolute) but I rarely heard it anywhere else.
'Drops of Jupiter' is the third track on this album. A beautiful soft rock song which real anthemic qualities. Monahan sings like he means every word, and every word the listener hears and understands even though the structure of the verses makes for very long lines and an unusual pattern. An unusual and powerful song with incredible melodies and lyrics. Much as I love the rest of this album and indeed Train's entire catalogue, I still don't think they produced anything as good as this song before or since. Definitely their finest hour.
This isn't to say the rest of their material is second rate my any means. This album has 11 brilliant tracks, my personal favourites being-
'She's On Fire' - An upbeat opener, catchy and fun.
'I Wish You Would' - Sandwiched between 'She's On Fire' and 'Drops of Jupiter' this could be a skipper, but it holds it's own.
'Something More' - Released as a single, the lyrics aren't as strong as some other songs on the album but the vocals are excellent as always.
'Mississippi' - A slow and moving note to end the album on. I love this track. A real chill out.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend this album, probably the best starting point for getting into Train, and 'Drops of Jupiter' is a song that should be on everyone's ipod.
To hear more about the band visit www.trainline.com. Just been for a visit and apparently the band are in London recording their new album. Can hardly wait.
Summary: A must hear