In the days of lost music, lost messages, and lost sound........Pat Monahan gives music what is has lacked for years....a solid voice, a soulful sound, and music with a positive message. In the likes of Darius Rucker, Edwin McCain who all have gone out to solo careers but still remained a main part of their bands, Pat does the same and does it well!
Great cd, make sure to BUY IT, support those great artists of our times and not those that have negative and derogatory tunes, but support the Pat Monahan and D Rucker's of the world as they give our kids and our generation something positive to listen to and they show they will only write and sing what type of tunes they love.
Roots Rock Baby! The CD starts off with the 30 second title track diddy, then breaks right into the first single "Her Eyes" which is a pumped up soulful collaboration. Then it breaks into "2 Ways..." which has an awesome catchy bridge that will surely have you singing after 1 listen. Then you get to "Someday" where you get Pat's amazing voice belting and the choir backing him, then right after the soulful sound you get "Cowboys & Indians" a song with an intersting background and comparison's of various societal groups compared to the old school Cowboys & Indians.
After the first 5 songs Pat breaks into a risky arrangement "Ohh My My" which will have you hyped and wondering exactly what the lyrics are tied to and looking for the behind the lyrics meanings. Next is "Thinkin Bout You" a wonderful showing of how Pat's voice can hit anywhere on the charts and sing to just about any tune. Then the high point of the mid-album point hits in "Raise Your Hands" a song that will surely get you hyped and will play over and over once you hear it once. Let it get through the intro and all the instruments hit and Pat gets into it with his all, not to mention the melodic background by the choir again. Great song! Then you get "Always Midnight" a classic showing of Pat's slower side and the higher pitched voice arrangement we have all come to love. Then back to a song that has a ton of meaning in regards to relationships and life experiences that you must go embark on and the happiness or an "Great Escape" that every life needs.
The album ends with an array of songs that put all styles to rest and get you ready for the replay. It starts with "Ripple in the Water" a great song about wanting to be more, but not needing all the material things. Just enjoy life and be special to someone special. "Girlfriend" is a slower song that explains the story of relationships in this time and age, the good and the bad and the choices we all face during the good's and bad's. The album hits it all-time high with "Pirate on the Run" a crazy sick duet with a bridge that will just send shivers down you for sure.
Then the end comes with "Shine" a slow beat that only Pat could really make into a great song and Pat once again showing you the array's he can put forth with his voice.
Overall a great album, listen once and you'll like it, listen 2-3 times and you'll fall in love with it. Great Job! Can't wait to hear the next one and really can't wait for the next Train album!
Go buy it today folks!