Bulletproof Picasso


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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: CD
  • Sold by: HPB Mishawaka
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  • Label: Sony Bmg Music Entertainment
  • UPC: 888430982628
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Track listings

  • 1. Cadillac, Cadillac
  • 2. Bulletproof Picasso
  • 3. Angel In Blue Jeans
  • 4. Give It All
  • 5. Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest Of Your Life (Featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
  • 6. Son Of A Prison Guard
  • 7. Just A Memory
  • 8. I'm Drinkin' Tonight
  • 9. I Will Remember
  • 10. Bridge, The
  • 11. Baby, Happy Birthday
  • 12. Don't Grow Up So Fast
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Near Fine (NF): Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Fair (FR): May be very worn, soiled, torn, or barely holding together. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): May have extensive damage from moisture or insects; detached boards; parts may be missing; marginally salable unless very unusual. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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