Train opens their sixth LP with a rapid-fire history lesson that starts where Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" left off; racing from '85 to present, it's a nostalgia trip for their 30-something audience that also references Facebook. The walk down memory lane is appropriate, as California 37 aims to reintroduce Train after a long hiatus, a hitless 2008 LP and the limply received solo effort by frontman Pat Monahan. But if Train began to "roll again" (as one of the many self-referential lyrics points out) with the 2010 multi-platinum "Hey, Soul Sister," this collection of explosive, wordy singles like "Drive By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" proves they aren't content to fade into obscurity quietly. Still, the most sincere moments are when they dial it down, as on "Bruises," a duet with Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe, or the torchy closing ballad "When the Fog Rolls In."
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