A lot has changed in music since Train's 2001 Grammy Award-winning smash "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)." Earnest, pop-sweetened rock has become a tougher sell to radio programmers and consumers, who cur

A lot has changed in music since Train's 2001 Grammy Award-winning smash "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)." Earnest, pop-sweetened rock has become a tougher sell to radio programmers and consumers, who currently are more inclined toward harder-edged jams. Seemingly aware of that quandary, the band and producer Brendan O'Brien have undeniably worked overtime to create a downright irresistible set of songs. My Private Nation overflows with instantly memorable hooks, clever lyrics, and vibrant performances. Frontman Pat Monahan is particularly strong here, deftly darting between dewey-eyed Romeo and worldly commentator on humanity with palpable flair and confidence. His vocal transforms the single "Calling All Angels" into an anthem waiting to be embraced by the masses, while he breathes "Jupiter"-like sensitivity into the lovely, piano-driven ballad "When I Look to the Sky."—LF

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