This is a rollicking good listen for lovers
of four-square, high-end, melodic rock.
'Save Me, San Francisco' is Train's fifth
album and I find myself surprised that they
have not had as big an impact on these shores
as they undoubtably deserve.
Patrick Monahan has a fine voice and knows how
to work his way into a good tune.
There are eleven songs in this collection and
not a bad one among them.
This is music without attitude. The band clearly enjoying
themselves; no point to make and nothing to prove.
Title and opening track 'Save Me, San Francisco'
with its hootenanny riff , barroom piano and
infectious, sing-along chorus is a strong kick-off.
'Hey, Soul Sister' is a delightful folksy number.
Mr Monahan's clear-as-a-bell high tenor rolls along
happily atop a loose-limbed rhythm section and
well-judged organ accompaniment.
'This Ain't Goodbye' is a cracking piano-led ballad
with a simple but highly effective string arrangement.
That voice, however, is again the undoubted star of the show.
'You Already Know' is another strong composition, the
string section again enriching the atmosphere before
the powerful main body of the song bursts in. Classy stuff.
Final track 'Marry Me' delivers a simple, emotional and
beautifully executed ending to a very fine album.
Give it a go. All aboard I'm thinking!