February 16, 2006

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Train, For Me It’s You
Sony Records, 2006

Yep, Train’s got their behemoth of a tour bus double-parked on Indie Street again, and the ticket lady’s waiting for the hooks to run out once and for all, but it may be a while yet, my lovelies.

In a perfect, hateful world this (rather than 2003’s My Private Nation with all its doomed contentment — “Calling All Angels” indeed) would have been Son of Drops of Jupiter, but either way they’ve at last found the Van Hagar cymbal-splashing rawk (“Get Out”) you’d hoped was buried too close to the magma layer for discovery and tweaked their pop-superhero Novocain accordingly — stroll the aisles of Kmart in eternal peace. Not that all is a crowd-surfing jim-jam here, though; art patrons too young to have been subjected to Cheap Trick’s “The Flame” in its apocalyptic heyday now have “Give Myself To You” for that special moment in the car when Muffy announces she’s carrying your madly unwanted rugrat. B-
— Eric Saegera