Train: Drive By
Put away the ukele, bring on the jam with Train’s bad-ass pop
A “Hey Soul Sister” rehash may be the first response from fans anxious for new material from Train. But that’s not gonna happen here. Although written by the same team that transcribed their 2010 smash hit, “Drive By” sounds like cool Maroon 5 pop rock (you know, before they started moving like Jagger and picking up payphones). It even puts lead singer Pat Monahan in a very awkward position of singing in a very low register on the verses, while spitting out swagger like Jason Aldean on rap. But it works, especially when the chorus kicks in, as the band charges into a foot-stompin’ rev-up and the melody brightens with Monahan’s smart phrasing (“Oh, I swear to you/I’ll be there for you/This is not a drive-by/y-y-y-yyy”). Lyrically, the song is a tad bit darker than the band’s usual pop as the plot spills the beans on a hot one-night-stand, That slice of naughty grit proves that Train isn’t happy with playing their jams to the One Direction crowd.
J MATTHEW COBB