Bulletproof Picasso

Bulletproof Picasso

by Train


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Train experienced a shake-up after the 2012 release California 37, with drummer Scott Underwood departing the band, leaving just vocalist Pat Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford as the original members. As the group have steadily worked with a number of writing and producing collaborators during their second decade, the absence of Underwood isn't felt so much on 2014's Bulletproof Picasso. If anything, this record feels like a tight, streamlined revision of its predecessor, toning down some -- but by no means all -- of Monahan's lyrical flights of fancy while honing the music so it slyly reflects so many new millennial pop trends. "I'm Drinkin' Tonight" opens with cinematic dustiness -- all reverbed guitars and minor-key strumming -- but the ghost of Americana in Train's music is long, long gone. Monahan and Stafford, often assisted by either Espionage or Butch Walker, choose to offer their own interpretations of the golden hits of the 2010s. Naturally, there are a lot of big-beat stompalongs in the vein of Imagine Dragons, but these moments -- "Angel in Blue Dreams," "I Will Remember" -- aren't nearly as infectious as when Train cops some of the style of Bruno Mars, as on the opener "Cadillac, Cadillac," where Monahan does his best Sting falsetto," the ebullient "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," or "The Bridge," whose faux Motown bounce is almost worthy of Fine Young Cannibals. What ties these highlights together is an emphasis on hooks and crisp, open audio: this is music that's produced like classic pop, which also means they do not rely on Monahan's quasi-autobiographical journal entries or cut-and-paste collages. He may have pushed these words down in the mix, but they still run throughout Bulletproof Picasso, and they sometimes distract ("Cadillac, Cadillac take me home/I'd rather play games on my G4 phone"), but by pushing feel over meaning, Train have wound up emphasizing their strengths.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888430982628
catalogNumber: 309826
Rank: 143758

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Train   Primary Artist
Larry Goetz   Musician
Greg Kurstin   Musician
Butch Walker   Musician
Espen Lind   Musician
Pat Monahan   Vocals
Jimmy Stafford   Guitar
Lisa Kim   Concert Master
Sakai   Background Vocals
Jerry Becker   Keyboards
Alex Venguer   Horn Engineer
Drew Shoals   Drums
Nikita Houston   Background Vocals
Hector Maldonado   Bass
Mark Stepro   Musician
Jake Sinclair   Musician
Amir Salem   Musician
Noah Gersh   Musician
Aaron Zuckerman   Musician

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Anderson   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rob Mathes   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Sandra Park   String Contractor
Butch Walker   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Espen Lind   Composer,Engineer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Pat Monahan   Composer
Eg White   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jerry Becker   Composer
John McBride   Engineer
Espionage   Producer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Francis Murray   Engineer
Jake Sinclair   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Amund Bjorklund   Composer,Programming
Amir Salem   Composer
Trent Mazur   Composer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Ayb Asmar   Programming,Additional Production
Michael Fresh   Composer
Azeem   Producer,Engineer
WHAMS   Producer,Additional Production

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Bulletproof Picasso 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
musicloverKD More than 1 year ago
I think that this is the third album in a row that Train has hit a home run.  Save me San Francisco, California 37 and now Bulletproof Picasso all are awesome CD's! They are upbeat and have a message that is universal.  I would reccommend all of these CDs.  Save me San Francisco is my opinion is a declaration of love. California 37 is fun to listen  and Bulletproof Picasso is more of the same with some songs having a western feel.  Great Stuff!