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Drops of Jupiter

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Album Review

Although Train's singles got heavy rotation on "alternative" radio stations, there's nothing cutting-edge about the band's sophomore effort, Drops of Jupiter. Train is a classic rock wannabe band in the mold of Counting Crows, although that's not always a bad thing. In fact, the best moments on Drops of Jupiter are the most blatant rip-offs, which means the band can sound endearing even when they don't sound unique. Does the hit title track remind you of Madman Across the Water-era Elton John? Well, it's no coincidence. Paul Buckmaster, who arranged the soaring strings on much of John's best work, reprises that role here, and session keyboardist extraordinaire Chuck Leavell channels John on the piano. And when lead singer Pat Monahan sings "When I get this feeling" in "It's About You," just try not to sing "I want sexual healing" over the actual lyrics that follow. Overall, this is a safe, solid second effort from a band that knows how to write hit singles.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Train was inescapable during the turn of the 21st century, when songs like "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter" made the San Francisco residents some of America's most popular balladeers. Although formed during the glory days of post-grunge, the group found more success in the pop/rock world, where Train straddled the line between adult contemporary and family-friendly alternative rock. The hits began drying up after 2003, but Train continued releasing...
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