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Train Lets Fans Determine The Track It Follows

Of the Oakland Press

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You can’t say the passengers — i.e., the fans — don’t have any impact on the route Train chooses to take.

“Am I Reaching You Now,” the third single from the band’s latest album, “For Me It’s You,” was partly the result of what frontman Pat Monahan says was a surprising fan reaction to the tune.

“We all loved it,” Monahan, 37, says, “but we weren’t really sure other people would love it. Then some (Adult Album Alternative) stations really got excited about it; they thought it sounded retro but still current, plus they loved the tempo of it.

“It’s interesting to see how things work out and why people like certain things. And sometimes there’s just no answer for it.”

Monahan adds the uptempo “Am I Reaching You Now” also gives Train “a little more rock credibility” in the wake of a series of midtempo hits such as “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels” and “Cab.” Whether that affects the direction of the next album remains to be seen, however; the singer reports that Train plans to pull into the station after the current tour to start writing new material, and the direction is anything but certain.

“We’re in the process of thinking (about the) next album,” says Monahan, who’s also been invited to Europe to write songs for Tina Turner’s next album. “We’ll get together and we’ll write together and write separately and try to figure out what the next sound will be.

“I think the group is pretty healthy right now. I think we’re fi ve adults behaving as fi ve adults, and that’s rare. I think it’s a good combination for us right now.”

Train and Toby Lightman perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday (August 15th) at Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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