The boys from Train have recently been quoted as saying they are well aware their band isn’t the most “cool” or “hip.” I tend to disagree. The whimsical lyrics in Drops Of Jupiter and the sweetness of Hey Soul Sister definitely give this band cool points in my eyes, but I can see how they might not be considered the most commercially successful. With their seventh studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, Train have aimed for Top 40 success, tailoring their wacky brand of individualism into something totally current.
The title off the album is a perfect example of where they have reigned it in. The song is bright and carefree, with a huge supported chorus and catchy verses. A far cry from “Milky-Ways” and “Deep Fried Chicken”, Bulletproof Picasso speaks of letting go of over-analysing and letting fate take the wheel. We don’t need a reason / For anything we feel / We don’t need a reason / Picasso’s at the wheel.
Word on the street is the rest of the album’s track listing isn’t so controlled – that we do get a hint of the quirky Train this reviewer loves so much. That makes me like this track even more. It’s the perfect song for Train in 2015, sounding something like The Lumineers vs One Direction. The video is also worth a look too, starring Emily Kinney (Beth, The Walking Dead – we miss you!) and Reid Ewing (Dylan, Modern Family.)