Drops of Jupiter

Drops of Jupiter

by TrainTrain
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With comparatively little fanfare, this l'il ol' band from Northern California emerged as one of the more surprising success stories of 1999 -- rising to platinum status with a debut album that split the difference between Dave Matthews-esque intricacy and Black Crowes-styled choogle. This much-anticipated follow-up adheres to a similar formula, albeit with encouraging signs of evolution, as evidenced by the title track, a dramatically soaring number that boasts a string arrangement by Paul Buckmaster, who sculpted the ambience of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." That's not to say that the quintet has lost sight of simpler pleasures: "She's on Fire" romps along on a breezy melody that recalls the heyday of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (or the band's own chart hit "Meet Virginia"). Likewise, "I Wish You Would" asserts itself with a lively, power-chord-driven melody that contrasts well with Train's usual array of acoustic instrumentation -- a bevy of which is unholstered on bucolic tunes such as "Let It Roll" and "Mississippi." Frontman Pat Monahan may not be the most original songwriter on the planet, but he does have a knack for capturing small pleasures and pains -- often, as in "Hopeless," in the same breath -- in a manner that's easy to connect with. And that, as much as anything, is what keeps Jupiter grounded right here on earth.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646988824
catalogNumber: 69888
Rank: 87775

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Train   Primary Artist
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Concert Master
Kris Wilkinson String Section   Viola
Chuck Leavell   Piano
Michael Markman   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Brendan O'Brien   Keyboards
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Evan Wilson   Viola
Daniel Smith   Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Fleming McWilliams   Background Vocals
Scott Underwood   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Charlie Colin   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Rob Hotchkiss   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Group Member
Pat Monahan   Percussion,Trumpet,Saxophone,Vocals,Vibes,Group Member
Jimmy Stafford   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Group Member
Dan Smith   Cello

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Tony Hernandez   Illustrations
Arnie Pustilnik   Direction
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Scott Underwood   Programming
Stephen Saper   Authoring
David Bryant   Engineer

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