A Review of Train’s New Project: Bulletproof Picasso

 I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

It’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to review the latest project from the three-time Grammy winning San Francisco band, Train. Their newest album, Bulletproof Picasso, is available for pre-order at iTunes, giving their fans a chance to jump on board that Train a bit early, prior to its September 16th release date.  Heh heh – see what I did there? 

I loved so many tunes on this album: these guys are hook-masters. This project is rife with memorable, hooky, immediately singable phrases. Here are a few of my favorite songs: “Son of A Prison Guard”, “Bulletproof Picasso”, and then, there was the song “Don’t Grow Up So Fast”, which made me feel a little bit like Charlene Darlin’ of The Darling Clan on “The Andy Griffith Show”. (The girl who said, “Oh, no, Pa! That ‘un makes me cry!”)  I have a teenage daughter. What can I say? Watching them grow up so fast can be a deeply emotional thing.

Another one of my favorite songs, “Angel in Blue Jeans”,  quickly grabbed my sonic attention  by the juxtaposition of the sounds of an old western movie with a young hipster musical chant.  Even better, they created what I believe to be a very tongue-in-cheek video for the song,  which was released on Vevo, on July 15th. The last time I saw the starring actor, Danny Trejo, he wasn’t riding a motorcycle. His head was riding on the back of a tortoise, in the role of Tortuga, on the TV show “Breaking Bad”. So I find the sight of him singing with the voice of an angel (which is actually the voice of Train lead singer Pat Monahan)  absurdly ironic and amusing. And to top it all off, this crusty looking hombre gets the very gorgeous girl (Hannah Simone  from the TV show ‘New Girl’) in the video, besting the handsome sheriff (Pat Monahan). Delicious!!!

You have to watch!  

“Cadillac, Cadillac” reminds me stylistically of music from The Police, back in the day, but you decide if you hear what I hear.


If you’d like to pre-order your own copy of Bulletproof Picasso, here are some links you might find helpful: 

* iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bulletproofpicasso

 * Amazon: http://smarturl.it/bulletproofpicassoAM

Train will also be performing live on the QVC channel on September 5th, at 5PM, Eastern Time, so if you’re a fan of the group that gave us such huge tunes as Calling All Angels, and their global smash “Hey Soul Sister,” (which not only won a Grammy, but was a #1 hit and the biggest selling single of 2010), you’ll want to be sure to tune in. 


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