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  • Summary: The San Francisco alt-rock band attempts to duplicate the success of 2001's 'Drops of Jupiter' with this, their third release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Creatively, My Private Nation, Train's third album, is the moment this band has worked for since it started making records.
  2. There's a surface attractiveness to many of the songs here, such as ''Save the Day'' and ''All American Girl,'' that rewards closer listening.
  3. Pat Monahan and his boys have reverted back to their quasi-bohemian roots, meaning they sound like a better Counting Crows (with a dreamier frontman) and less-challenging Wallflowers.
  4. Continues to adhere firmly to the rootsy rock of fellow travellers Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, while their earnest musicianship and hard work will delight fans of that sort of thing. [Aug 2003, p.115]
  5. 40
    More of the same, except less. [#17, p.145]
  6. Their musical influences sound fifth-hand -- distilled Matchbox Twenty, Black Crowes and Deep Blue Something -- and singer Pat Monahan seems like he's boring even himself.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. AmerM
    Mar 15, 2006
    10
    Best Train album yet.. incredible lyrics and music ! Pat Monahan's voice is just out of this world! They really are one of the best bands in the world Expand
  2. DeeT
    Aug 3, 2003
    10
    The songs are great. Make sure to see them live if they perform in your city- you will appreciate the cd even more.
  3. Lorial
    Dec 19, 2003
    10
    Bravo to Train! In a world of hip hop and rap, this talented band and album are a welcome change. Their classic, basic, elements of real rock, passionate performances and songwriting skills is evident when you see them perform live, on tv, or listen to their albums. Real guys playing real instruments, not sounds generated by a computer or studio engineer. This album is one that can be played first to last song, you won't want to miss any of it. Expand
  4. JamesS
    Jul 19, 2003
    9
    I rate Train's latest a 9, deducting one point because there is a slight lacking to be found in the more upbeat songs. However, I am shocked and amazed at any review rating this CD under a 7. I do realize everyone has different tastes, but anyone who can find that much fault with Train's newest ( and older stuff ) is completely out of touch with great music. If you disagree, you are wrong. Expand
  5. ShelbyB
    Aug 9, 2003
    9
    Awesome songs, deep and meaningful. I love every one of the songs on the CD, but i don't think any can top Drops of Jupiter, even though they come close. I could listen to this CD all day long Expand
  6. LoriH
    Aug 9, 2003
    8
    Full of imagery and imagination. Those who lack spirit & intelligence however may find it not worth the listen.
  7. brian
    Jul 8, 2003
    0
    Train is without question one of the worst bands in music right now.

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