You’ll even find me covering that song on my website. Despite releasing and selling millions of albums since then, they have remained relatively obscure, even enjoying a three-year hiatus, until new song ‘Hey Soul Sister’ exploded onto radio stations last year, along with ‘Save Me San Francisco’, their fifth studio album. And it’s a corker.
To a non-fan…the best comparisons I can draw-on are bands like Maroon 5 or The Script. Neither are particularly popular, but capable of producing anthemic, stadium-filling songs, perfect for a road trip or a video montage. We’re not talking about lyrical genius here, just a slice of well-made cheesy lite-rock.
The album begins with a classic Elton John/Rod Stewart flavoured title track, moving swiftly into worldwide smash-hit ‘Hey Soul Sister’.
Your lipstick stains, on the front lobe of my left-side brains,
I knew I wouldn’t forget you, so I went and let you blow my mind
Train have been writing songs like this for years, although why this particular track catapulted them back into popularity I’ll never know. What I do know is that after releasing this single, the album went gold in October 2010.
The album bounces along through bright, playful tracks like ‘I Got You’ as well as rock/pop ballads ‘Parachute’ and ‘This Ain’t Goodbye’.
For me, the highlight is ‘You Already Know’, where the cheese factor is dialed-down, starting with a simple strings intro, and building into an energetic rock anthem.
Here, as well as on all 12 tracks, lead singer Pat Monaghan sounds incredible- for a guy in his forties he gives most budding rock-singers half his age a run for their money.
Train, if you’ll excuse the pun, look like they’re really back on track [sorry]. Buy this in time for summer 2011 and you won’t be disappointed.
If you don’t buy the album, download: Hey Soul Sister, Parachute, If It’s Love, You Already Know, Words
I defy you not to have this song in your head all day…