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

RockmusicRaider Review - Train - A Girl A Bottle A Boat - Album CoverPortents, 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 by the way. It already worked them over when California 37 came out. And you know what? Indeed it was cool – more so than ever. This was the album that tried the mighty footsteps of Save Me, San Francisco – and beautifully succeeded.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Train – Bulletproof Picasso (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Bulletproof Picasso - Album CoverThis 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. 

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. Kind of a weak start to what should be a stellar record. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Passenger – All the Little Lights (2012) – Review

It was one of these 'interesting, tell me more' experiences that got me looking into the British gig  'Passenger', which basically consists of Mike Rosenberg as lead and studio musicians. And indeed so - he basically runs this outfit more or less on his own after the official break up of the band back in 2009.  

Little chipmunk voice seemingly coming from the Master of Nerds letting off steam over everyday issues, sometimes of the trivial kind, sometimes with more substance, but not really getting up to speed with his music.