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Last of Seven (Bonus Track Version)

Pat Monahan

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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

An amazing album from an amazing artist!

No one has ever doubted the fact that Pat Monahan never had the vocals to hit it big. Along with TRAIN, Monahan has written catchy, up tempo songs and ballads, the most famous "Drops of Jupiter". This album is not so much a depart from TRAIN, but more a deeper, personal testament from Monahan. His voice SOARS over every song on this record. This is such a must-have for any TRAIN fan. The lyrical prowess Monahan delivers is amazing, anyone and everyone can relate to this record. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT pass this one up. -Written on 9-17-07 @ 10:07PM Pacific Time

Incredible Album!

Great music Pat. This debut CD is just incredible. From the singalong groves like Her Eyes and Girlfriend to the gorgeous sit back and have a glass of wine song Pirate on the Run (w/ Brandi Carlile). You really have set the bar high here. Shine is just incredible along with Cowboys and Indians! I pretty much love the entire CD and so will everyone. I hope you are ready for the next step into stardom! You know I love ya *wink* Sean N~ I recommend this to anyone who needs some new music excitement in their life!

Woohoo!

Congradulations Pat! You've just created some of the best music I've heard! :)) This album is AWESOME!!! If you appreciate the incredible talent of this artist, by all means buy this album!

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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