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Drops Of Jupiter
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2001
Train's second album features some cracking sing along rock songs, the ones you'd here on the radio and be humming or whistling all week till you bought the album. Of course, the Drops of Jupiter track falls squarely into this category and this should see it do well in the charts. If you're into the sort of generic, solid, fraternity American rock/pop that people like Matchbox 20 (sorry Twenty), Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Hootie and the Blowfish and others do, you'll love Train and this album. If you don't lighten up and just enjoy this music, its inoffensive and will have you singing along before long. Ok some of the tracks are just too slick (especially Respect), but you can just skip those few and enjoy the majority. Overall a solid polished effort with more good tracks than bad and well worth a listen to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2001
Drops of Jupiter is already a platinum seller in the US, driven in the main, by the piano driven title track, a top ten hit in the US.The song, an album highlight, suggests the lyrical weavings of Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, coupled with a similarity of the Crows musical styling, but with an element of soul. Intial listenings will yield the sonic delights of "Hopeless", "Let It Roll" and "Whipping Boy", a trio of instantly memorable and consuming tracks. "Hopeless" is a slow acoustic driven tale of desperation, with the rhythm section providing a faint suggestion of Oasis' "Wonderwall", and the vocals of Pat Monahan pefectly suited to this type of track. Full harmonies drive the track to conclusion, and get you reaching for your acoustic to get those chords worked out! "Let it roll"'s dreamy start develops into an almost "countryish" composition, understated and tuneful,with the melody excentuated by a drifting slide guitar line. "Whipping boy" provides a strong electric guitar input to the album. It utilises the contrast of a loud beginning and quiet verses that in turn lead to a forceful and memorable chorus. Fans of Hootie and the Blowfish will buy instinctively, and will appreciate the more diversified content on offer. In general, Train offer acoustic /electric guitar compositions with a twisting lyrical content and a melodic sensibility supplying a commercial edge of Americana to the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This group contains some of the most individual talents grouped as one; a grouping of which, has not appeared in a decade. Sure, all the songs have catchy hooks and lyrics, but the instrumentals that weave in and out of each set are remarkable. Colin and Hotchkiss share the honors on simple yet inventive bass, Hotchkiss and Stafford's ryhtym guitars either shout confidence or sneak in on the sidelines. Monahan's vocals are unique enough to keep this band recognizable. Underwood is a classic musician pulling together all the arranging, keyboard effects, percussion, strings programming (great string arrangements) that give this album it's spirit. Each member contributes and shines off the other to produce some of the best music of the last decade. Masterfully produced by Brendan O'Brien, listening on headsets is a delight. Big hits? Every song is a potential hit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With their ecellent new single, the title track of this album, Drops of Jupiter, Train are bound to be thrust into the spotlight and this album is a proud torch for them to carry. Besides this brilliant accoustic offering, the rest of the album is packed with moody, atmospheric tracks that make you sit up and take notice. My personal favourite is "She's on fire", a tune that you'll still be humming hours after one hearing!! With the spectacular vocals of Pat Monahan, who sounds strangely like Michael Stipe, Train really do have the potential to devastate the charts and go on to far bigger and better things!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2001
This album is superb. That's about the bottom line. I heard the single 'Drops of Jupiter' and loved it from day 1! Every track on the album makes you want listen. I strongly disagree with the reviewer that compared Train to Travis! Unlike Travis, not one song on this album sounds anything like another! This album has a great blend of Country-Rock, some rockers and some nice ballads. If you are a Counting Crows or Matchbox 20 fan (as I am), I'm pretty certain that you will enjoy this album thoroughly! Buy it now!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2001
Train have produced a mixed genre album here. Yes it is rock, but a mix of two kinds.
In some parts 'Drops of jupiter' gives the listener the singalong-happy feel-good-radio- friendly (anything else..!) rock album, but then with some tracks you get the more serious (still radio-friendly etc) rock lp, which is good because that feeling comes as soon as you begin to feel that it is too poppy!
She's on fire kicks of the album with a bang. A fast moving jiggy tune with a good chorus.
I wish you would strikes the serious note over the poppy opening track and others later on in the album. It really does show the fantastic song-writing skills this band has got.
You've probably heard drops of jupiter but if you haven't it has a feel-good tune to it and will please everyone.
It's about you and Hopeless are two completely different songs in their own right. It's about you is part feel-good part serious rock, the track has everything. Hopeless is a medium moving charming song which will calm you down following the opening 4 track onslaught of great tunes, brilliant lyrics and superb instrumentals.
For those who are thinking of buying this - firstly I'd recommend it.
Train similar to Travis, but with a stronger lead vocal and a more American rock feel to the music. Every track is a pleaser and if you are a fan of alt rock, american trad rock or soft rock then you'll love this stunner.
By the way if you like this one then check out Witness - have an album out called under a sun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2002
Although many place them on the same track as Matchbox 20 and Travis, they are also something different and it's that which gives listeners appeal. Alt-rock, especially American e.g. Matchbox 20, Lifehouse, Semisonic, Goo Goo Dolls, etc. is not big here but it should be because the sound is so amazing, different to what we've heard from bands like Travis but yet involving it somehow to make something breath-taking. Songs that are so different and yet similar with both full and soft sounds that match moods whatever they are. Faves include just about all but "Hopeless", "Something More" and "She's On Fire" as well as the title track top the bill. Buy and spread the good news 'cos Train are just great.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2001
Ok, so i'll start at the beginning...i'd been hearing the title track to this album "Drops of Jupiter" on the radio these past few weeks, taking some time to actually figure out the name of the band and logged into Amazon and found this, their debut album in the United Kingdom....and am i glad i found it!!! "Drops of Jupiter" is an outstanding track however, i was worried that i'd purchased this album from a band i'd heard relatively nothing about on the strength of one track...what if the rest of the album was rubbish?
I can safely say now, after listening to it about 10 tens fully today alone that i can't believe i had that doubt. This album is truly amazing..the skip button on my cd player need never be touched when this album is in the player...,hey it will never need to be touched again as this album WILL NOT be leaving my player...until their next album is out. Every song is superb and worth listening to time and time again. Train combine great melodies with thoughtful guitar riffs (not forgetting its own orchestra!). I'm into other American in-the-middle-of-the-road rock bands like Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, Hootie & the Blowfish, and i have to say, this album by Train does not "fit in" with the rest of my cd collection, it COMPLETES my cd collection! Trust this stranger, get this album and give Train a chance...go on...proceed to checkout...get that ticket.... you'll not look back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2001
Set in the goo goo dolls mould of soulful lyrics backed with strong guitar rifts and mellow piano/string melodies, this is a great sounding album. With the title track being the best on the album, it is well supported by other stand out tracks such as hopeless, whipping boy and she's on fire, this is a tap and sing along album if i have ever heard one. It is one step better than their first effort and on this form, they could be around for a long time. Their chart success wont do them justice but that doesnt say the album's no good, buy it and it wont leave your cd for love nor money, a very worthwhile purchase!! dean selvey
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2004
I'd been familiar with the lead song "drops of jupiter" for a while and although I thought it was a brilliant piece of work I couldn't quite imagine what the rest of the music from the band would be like. Then last summer on holiday i heard the track "hopeless" and alost immediately after returning, I bought the album. "Hopeless" is a haunting number where the accoustic guitar really adds the vast majority of feeling. The first four tracks are possibly the most powerful and instantly attractive but if you leave the album to play straight through, equal proportions of depth and perfection are found in all the other tracks. I began to skip the first four and play the rest again and again after realising what extrordinary songs I'd been underating . "Drops of jupiter" is one album that I will never get tired of and I find myself quite happy to listen to each track after the other all the way through, continually discovering. I have to say that if I ever learn to play one song on the guitar, "hopeless" will be it and this reflects my opinion on the rest of the album.
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