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Album Review

Pat Monahan alights from the Train, and embarks on a solo journey with Last of Seven, his debut solo album. Working closely with producer Patrick Leonard, who co-wrote and provides keyboards for the set, the album often tracks Train, but how could it not? The billowing "Two Ways to Say Goodbye," for example, was actually composed backstage at a Train show, while "Pirate on the Run" was originally intended for the band as well, and was co-written by Brandon Bush, but then Monahan shifted it into a male/female duet with phenomenal results. "Cowboys and Indians" is also a duet, this time with Graham Nash, an introspective number with a glittering chorus and haunting slide guitar. On "Cowboys," Monahan serves up peace for lunch, but that's one of the few exceptions to an album themed mostly around romantic entanglements. "I fell for you," the singer soulfully declares on the show-stopping "Ooh My My"; "I want you," he exuberantly insists on the funky "Ripple in the Water"; "I need you," he emotively beseeches on the power ballad "Great Escape," "I'm damn glad she's mine," he cheerfully exudes on the radio friendly "Her Eyes." But romance rarely runs a smooth course, and there's a clutch of more piquant numbers here as well, from the melancholy "Thinkin Bout You," across the billowing breakup of "Two Ways to Say Goodbye" and onto the hopeful yearning of "Someday." That latter number features a rousing gospel-ish chorus and Richie Sambora's exquisite guitar work. Luis Maldonado adds the Spanish tinges and bluesy licks to "Girlfriend," a song that describes Monahan and his wife's early relationship. The arena pleaser is "Raise Your Hands," a gospel styled number that will speak to all, pushing stadium crowds to their feet to sing along. But this is an album of many moods, its lyrics and yearning atmospheres deeply resonating, as Monahan delivers up some of his most emotive performances to date. A set that's intended to be long savored at one's leisure.

Customer Reviews

Mind-blowingly Bad

Let me just note that I am not a Train fan and that the only reason I heard this album is because my Mom loves Monahan. The man has some vocal talent, but my God, the songs - melodies, lyrics, everything - are some of the worst I've ever heard. Even the album cover is bad - why is he staring at me with those "sex offender" eyes? Buy: Cowboys and Indians, because the first two lines are so funny, they'll make you soil yourself, but not before you rewind to make sure you heard them correctly.

not what i was expecting from pat

Let me start off by saying that I'm a huge train fan, and I love Pat Monahan. This album is definitely not what I was expecting from him. He's definitely a talented musician but it doesn't come through in these songs. Full of cliches, it seems much like trains last album, thrown together and over produced and filled with words that seem trite and impersonal. Cowboys and Indians made me embaressed for him, honestly. It pains me to write a negative review for a man that was capable of 'Hopeless', 'Midnight Moon', 'Drops of Jupiter', etc.

Worthy of a listen

To be honest, I have yet to buy the album--I heard an interview/demo session on satellite radio, and I liked what I heard--so I suspect I will soon buy the album. I just had to say (slash ask)... is it just me.. or does he sound similar to Jason Mraz (which, for me, is a good thing.)

Biography

Born: February 28, 1969 in Erie, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Best known as the lead singer for the rock band Train, Pat Monahan is a longtime performer in his own right. Born in Erie, PA, in 1969, Monahan moved to California in 1993 and began singing in coffeehouses around San Francisco with guitarist Rob Hotchkiss. The duo added members, named themselves Train, and eventually found success with the 2001 album Drops of Jupiter. In 2006, Train decided to take a break from touring and recording and Monahan accepted an offer to write music with British singer/songwriter...
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