Train was set to become the next Counting Crows when "Meet Virginia," its ode to a wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl full of quirky contradictions, hit radio in 1998.

Train was set to become the next Counting Crows when "Meet Virginia," its ode to a wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl full of quirky contradictions, hit radio in 1998. Sadly, beyond "Virginia," its eponymous debut album fell into an abyss of sameness, its songs such carbon copies of each other that it was impossible to tell them apart. Drops of Jupiter fairs slightly better. The music fails to gain any momentum until track seven, and by then, Train's lucky the listener's still spinning the CD. Too bad, because that's where its Southern folk/rock begins to rumble, with the nostalgic "Let It Roll," the throbbing "Getaway," and the melancholy, sax-tinged closer, "Mississippi." Let's hope that if Train's given the chance to make a third album, it'll finally fill it with clearly discernable songs. A shame for a band that seems so earnestly on the verge of realizing itself.—CLT

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