AC/DC – Power Up (2020) – Review

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It’s jolly good that RockmusicRaider‘s scope is wider than the old gods allow. To cover metal, rock, and folk in one giant sweep indeed gives us leeway larger than the swagger of Mick Jagger. So, in this sense, we can easily take on pieces that were not forged in the steely metal mills that other reviewers oblige themselves to operate in.

Instead, we can freely go to those places where rock’n’roll is still dirty, blazing hot, and the lyrics are steamy. Of a time-tested brand that never really changes. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.… [...] Click to raid more!

Train – A Girl A Bottle A Boat (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - A Girl A Bottle A Boat - Album Cover Portents, portents. They usually are legion when things start to go South seriously and are very visible to those willing to see. It is no different with Train, the formerly snarkily cheeky Californians, now seriously on their quest for cool, giddy happiness in all its sugary forms.

Their very own portents already came home to roost in their 2014 edition Bulletproof Picasso. Now that album got them some important flak – and deservedly so. Ironically, it actually blatantly missed the cool-boat and ended up on some whitewashed beach in nowhere land.

This obsession with coolness is nothing new [...] Click to raid more!

Train – Bulletproof Picasso (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Bulletproof Picasso - Album Cover This is the Year of the Lord 1984 and we are listening to The Police, featuring Sting.

Right? Nope.

It is actually present-day Train and their opening song Cadillac, Cadillac, even imitating the Caribbean lilt that the former and long dissolved band mastered so well. Speak about a truckload of transformation compared to their former offerings. And that already at the start of the album.

This is how the band’s new 7th studio album Bulletproof Picasso opens up. And it is not really with a volley of deadly artillery fire that will boost you out to space.

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Train – California 37 (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - California 37 - Album Cover Well, who would have thought that? After breaking out from obscurity to some better, more lighted shores with their last album, Train managed to land another great record with their 6th studio album California 37.

I was very, VERY worried, when I heard that they started on a new album way back then. ‘Cause Murphy sez that there is a great risk for the follow on productions to fall into the hands of the Lord of Darkness and never return.

But here, I feel the sunny warmth of California on my skin – a very pleasant surprise. Even if [...] Click to raid more!