My Private Nation
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
make one of those long moves to a new place? Do you know when
you're driving in your car, thinking about everything that'll
be different? Train's newest album is the perfect sidekick to
such a trip. It moves forward in lonely uncertainty, patiently
wondering if its destination will be any better than where it
departed. It is through lead singer Pat Monahan's outlook on a
world where we feel constantly isolated, where we have pulled
together in some way but will forever feel split apart in another.
It is a personal album, and a nice refreshment from the line-up
of discs that want to be political in what is really an individual
now into their third album, made a giant splash with their last
album's title song "Drops of Jupiter." The record went
double-platinum and the song still echoes throughout dentist lobbies
and barber shops. It continues to be a creative and addictive
piece of work. And, because of this success, you should not buy
My Private Nation with the expectation that they would
try to change things, tweaking their style only enough to not
become tiresome. "Calling All Angels," the first single,
is good, but then of course you can almost see "All American
Girl" on those awful infomercials for top hit collections.
And then there's "Save the Day," which beyond being
my favorite track for the absolutely delicious lyrics ("Hey
baby, I don't wanna be your superman/I just wanna be your man
and I'll be super, baby") is a shameless attempt at duplicating
everything lovable about "Drops of Jupiter."
it worked; I say this all with a smile. Rolling Stone may not
be a fan of Train, but I am. I like everything they've done, and
if something's not broken, why fix it? They've refined themselves
to a completely air-tight quality, and despite heavy influences,
remain as original as one could ask for. No band has captured
desperation in the same skillful, glossy rock manner that they
beyond quoting lyrics, what can this writer do to paint the rest
of the picture? Tempo, score, guitar tab? Music is a fickle thing.
It begs to be described with technical terms, but it is a very
abstract art. This is one of the most interesting discs this year.
It is radio friendly, and maybe even Grammy ready, but still very
interesting. And like all the best albums, it most rewards those
patient enough to uncover its real treasure.
is a time everyone has when everything becomes flopped, and they
realize with a tired hopelessness that nothing will ever be the
same again. These tracks play well to that time of ambiguous thoughts.
They're small thoughts, meaningless to others, but very personal.
Last year's enormously well-received album The Rising
by Bruce Springsteen was about coming together in group comfort.
This is, as its first song's title can tell you, about a truer,
more poignant and essential salvation.
17-Jul-2003 8:30 AM
liked My Private Nation...
Calling All Angels
2. All American Girl
3. When I Look To The Sky
4. Save The Day
5. My Private Nation
6. Get To Me
7. Counting Airplanes
8. Following Rita
9. Your Every Color
10. Lincoln Avenue
11. I'm About To Come Alive