CD Review: Train


Train
For Me, It’s You
Columbia
By David Chiu

Even if it doesn’t offer any surprises, and despite a line-up change, Train’s latest bag of rock, pop, and soul still has carry that likeability factor. Like listening to classic Elton John or Stevie Wonder, the group’s new record in three years delivers the familiar hooks– augmented with Pat Monahan’s impassioned singing: the narrative of “Cab” evokes the loneliness of the big city; the neo-soul of the title track; All I Ever Wanted is a tender-hearted track; and “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” and “All I Hear” might be the hardest-rocking songs this band has performed that I can recall. The fact that yeah the music sounds too radio friendly. But in this case for this upbeat-sounding and earthy record, is that necessarily a bad thing?

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