And the title says it all! This time I'm going to be reviewing Train's latest single off their album, California 37. This is 50 WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE. Before you think you've got run over by a Mexican troupe that plays perfect instrumentals, there's the music video to this awesomely catchy song.
Click here for the music video.
Now we all know Train from their previous album, don't we? Save Me San Francisco was a big Billboard and international hit - could we all disagree? Let's not forget the spectacular songs from the album which contained hits like HEY, SOUL SISTER, MARRY ME and IF IT'S LOVE, with the former one of my favourite tracks on the album. Their new smash-album brought on a different suspense and altogether fun-loving tracks which also included the international hit DRIVE BY. With that, they tell us some of the 50 ways to say goodbye. Because that is a long song title, it doesn't really make sense to keep keeping it bold. Y'know what I mean?
Anyways, please put your hands up if you were immediately into the song when you heard the intro. It was as powerful as anything else that really wreaked havoc when I pressed play. Train's deliberately entertaining hits are never boring, and that, I assure you. With their new single, even with depressing hard-rock lyrics that sounds so devoid, their upbeat tempo still regains life on the same track.
'She went down in an airplane / Fried getting sun-tanned / Fell in a cement mixer full of quicksand / Help me, help me / I'm no good at goodbyes'. Creepy? Exactly... not. Apart from what was like a death-decaying scenario of Patrick Monahan's girlfriend, he still delivers pretty well and I really enjoyed it. The lyrics, not what happened to her.
But as I really just enjoyed the song with free-flow sound, it just felt really familiar on some levels. The trombones and so on, were just so smooth and you could really feel it. Whilst DRIVE BY, still receiving recognition worldwide, was an okay song but this next single was just superbly written, but both tracks are good tracks nonetheless.
Before moving on to ratings, I just got to say that the music video was just well-shot as well. Not because I'm sugar-coating the song or whatever, but it is just that good. At the same time, I just have to say California 37 is a blast and you guys should just get it. Really. It doesn't pale in comparison to Save Me San Francisco that much in my opinion.
ORIGINALITY: 8/10 - So much effort was put into this song that I really felt that it was such a track that set itself apart from the current batch of songs we have these days on radio or whatnot. And that is outstanding I must say.
SOUND: 8/10 - You could just feel the trombones feeling through your skin as you just plug in your headphones. That, I applaud for the great sound Train has made. Phantom of the Opera reference. I love that.
LYRICS: 9/10 - This is a 9 in my department. I thought the lyrics were well-written and just depicts the really bad things going through with Patrick's girlfriend. Well, as the world spins, we just get busier.
OVERALL: 25/30 - It gets stuck in your head like it gets stuck on mine all the time. And for that, 50 WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE is going to be a 'Chart-topper'.
For my rating, I think I'll be 'Playing it for days'!
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.