If you enjoy the soothing sounds of yacht rock during the summer months, then Train’s latest release is sure to satisfy your craving for constant listening to upbeat arrangements of fresh vocals and flowing rhythms with an abundance of relaxing vibes that will instantly make you forget the day’s troubles.
Featuring the first release of original Train music in five years, “AM Gold” is the San Francisco band’s tribute to the soft rock tunes that dominated AM radio in the 1970s.
Frontman Pat Monahan’s enchanting voice is perfect for this popular musical genre on 11 tracks that fully convey light melodies with retro charm.
The title track sets the mood with an infectious melody that speaks of gaining self-confidence after love has gone sour. Monahan sends an open invitation to find joy at the party, singing “Breathe, baby, you don’t have to worry anymore / Just breathe, we’ll be waiting on the dance floor / And let your body let it go / You’re the best scripted / Love doesn’t come in stereo / Baby , you are gold AM.
“Running Back (Trying to Talk to You)” is a great R&B number about how difficult it is to keep relationships and make sure the lines of communication are clear and true.
Pop star Sofia Reyes sings her sultry vocals on the bouncy “Cleopatra” and Jewel joins the band on the radio-friendly “Turn the Radio Up.”
Beautiful memories are the essence of Amber Light. The floating reflection focuses on falling in love under the stars on the beach during a perfect summer night, as Monahan states: “Fire, beaches, summer nights / Lying in your amber light / Nothing in the world is right / But you made it all right. “.
“Fake Flowers” demonstrates that not all new arrangements are rosy. Monahan masterfully delivers a tender love ballad that never takes firm root as he conveys the pain of realizing that nothing is as it seems as he sings, “The only thing that’s real about you is your lies/ And artificial flowers. never die.”
Lost love sounds softer in the closer “That’s All” shoot. Carrying on is the best way to mend a broken heart, and time is the only way to slowly erase the memories that were a part of every day when Monahan proclaims, “I’ll miss the love in your kiss / And I want to wish like this on the stars.”
The train arrives in Pittsburgh on June 17 with special guests Jewel and Blues Traveler.