It was on 2000's Drops of Jupiter, though, that Train truly began to come into its own. The album's eponymous single was a sensitive-guy ballad blown up to macho-sized proportions, with a "Karma Police" piano intro and frothy strings swirling up a cloud of heartbreak. With this and other giant ballads, the members of Train established themselves as the reigning showmen of adult alternative radio; on this year's My Private Nation, they prove just how well-suited they are to these megasized anthems. The songs are even bigger, sometimes so big that Monahan forgoes his modest, sensitive-guy act and brags that he can dance like Patrick Swayze. The one that fills the stage most is "Calling All Angels," in which, like a true rock frontman, Monahan chants over and over "I won't give up if you don't give up" in a compassionate display of strength. If cock rock voted for Nader, it would sound like this.
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