Train's new single, 'Angel In Blue Jeans,' is different, yet just as strong as their singles always are. Could it be setting up the band's best album to date?
It won't be long until another one of Train's singles is stuck in your head again. After releasing their commercially acclaimed sixth studio album, California 37, the pop rock outfit toured the world backed by their smash hits such as 'Drive By' and ’50 Ways to Say Goodbye.’ With Train’s newest track hitting digital outlets this week, it’s adding yet another weapon to their elusive catalog. Slow, but steady, ‘Angel In Blue Jeans’ has all of the qualifications to lift these adult contemporary darlings back into the limelight, and it is the first taste that we have from the band’s upcoming record.
Train's new album is out September 16
Train is set to unleash their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, on September 16 via Columbia Records. Though we don’t know too much about it yet, the first hint of a good sign is right there in the title, because honestly, what in the world does it even mean? But, what this does mean is that frontman Pat Monahan is up to his usual charm of nonsensical lyrics and themes in his songs. The lead single, ‘Angel in Blue Jeans,’ keeps that up as well, with lyrics about “getting shot down by an angel in blue jeans.” After being in the game as long as Monahan has, you figure he’d have run out of heartbreak to sing about, but as long as his misfortunes keep leading to great songs, we’re not complaining.
‘Angel’ is addictive with its hooky chorus, but it isn’t as in your face as some of California 37’s cuts. In fact, it’s more out of the playbooks of ‘Bruises’ and ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ as its just slightly country tinged but in all of the right ways. "It's not like we're going to go out in left field and do a country album or anything like that. We're still kind of a pop-rock band but we've also prided ourselves on being able to play many different styles,” guitarist Jimmy Stafford told CBS last November. Whether you want to believe him or not about Bulletproof Picasso not being a country album, it’s pretty safe to say that he’s probably not wrong with it having different styles. Train albums always kept a good amount of diversity in them, but I think the most important thing is that the record ultimately keeps up with a pop rock sound.
Will Bulletproof Picasso be Train's best album?
California 37’s ‘Bruises’ is arguably one of the best songs in the band’s arsenal, so if the album is going to go down a slower country route, it only makes sense that it tries emulating ‘Bruises’ as much as possible. However, chances are that the record will have its fair share of straight up pop songs, and the more obnoxiously catchy they are, the better it’s going to turn out. While we’ll have to wait a little while longer to see if we’ll get a ‘Drive By’ or ’50 Ways’ part two, it isn’t out of the question that Bulletproof Picasso just might be Train’s best offering to date.