Train: Pat Monahan (vocals, saxophone, trumpet, percussion); Jimmy Stafford (guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Rob Hotchkiss (guitar, harmonica, bass, background vocals); Charlie Colin (guitar, bass, background vocals); Scott Underwood (keyboards, drums, percussion, programming).
Additional personnel includes: Paul Buckmaster (conductor, arranger).
Recorded at Southern Tracks Recording, Atlanta, Georgia; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California; and Ocean Way, Nashville, Tennessee.
"Drops Of Jupiter" won the 2002 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Japanese version contains the exclusive bonus tracks "Ramble One" and "This Is Not Your Life".
The band that brought "Meet Virginia" to the ears of the nation's youth via heavy-rotation MTV airplay in 1999 delivers its sophomore effort with the aid of producer Brendan O' Brien (who has twiddled knobs for the likes of the Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam). Paul Buckmaster, whose stellar credits include cello on David Bowie's "Space Oddity," also provides some arrangement assistance.
But the band sounds best when it appears to be left to its own devices, on tracks such as "It's About You," and "Hopeless," a downtempo cruise through contemporary alienation and angst that builds to a meaty crescendo. For fans of breezy summer music there's "She's On Fire," and the band rocks out more than somewhat on "Respect." But mostly what Train does best is the wounded, introverted slow-burner, as evidenced by "Mississippi," which is a classic of its bruised, troubled kind.
What the critics say...
Q (Summer/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Intriguing..."
Uncut (8/01, p.112) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...It's classic American roots fare, full of rolling melodies, infectious choruses and robust rhythms with folky mandolins and bluesy harmonicas taking their place alongside the usual rock guitars and keyboards..."
|1.||She's On Fire|
|2.||I Wish You Would|
|3.||Drops Of Jupiter|
|4.||It's About You|
|7.||Let It Roll|
|12.||This Is Not Your Life - Bonus|
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