Last of Sevenby Pat Monahan
Pat Monahan alights from the Train, and embarks on a solo journey with Last of Seven, his debut solo album. Working closely with producer Patrick Leonard, who co-wrote and provides keyboards for the set, the album often tracks Train, but how could it not? The billowing "Two Ways to Say Goodbye," for example, was actually composed backstage at a Train show, while "Pirate on the Run" was originally intended for the band as well, and was co-written by Brandon Bush, but then Monahan shifted it into a male/female duet with phenomenal results. "Cowboys and Indians" is also a duet, this time with Graham Nash, an introspective number with a glittering chorus and haunting slide guitar. On "Cowboys," Monahan serves up peace for lunch, but that's one of the few exceptions to an album themed mostly around romantic entanglements. "I fell for you," the singer soulfully declares on the show-stopping "Ooh My My"; "I want you," he exuberantly insists on the funky "Ripple in the Water"; "I need you," he emotively beseeches on the power ballad "Great Escape," "I'm damn glad she's mine," he cheerfully exudes on the radio friendly "Her Eyes." But romance rarely runs a smooth course, and there's a clutch of more piquant numbers here as well, from the melancholy "Thinkin Bout You," across the billowing breakup of "Two Ways to Say Goodbye" and onto the hopeful yearning of "Someday." That latter number features a rousing gospel-ish chorus and Richie Sambora's exquisite guitar work. Luis Maldonado adds the Spanish tinges and bluesy licks to "Girlfriend," a song that describes Monahan and his wife's early relationship. The arena pleaser is "Raise Your Hands," a gospel styled number that will speak to all, pushing stadium crowds to their feet to sing along. But this is an album of many moods, its lyrics and yearning atmospheres deeply resonating, as Monahan delivers up some of his most emotive performances to date. A set that's intended to be long savored at one's leisure.
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Performance CreditsPat Monahan Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals
Graham Nash Vocals
Richie Sambora Acoustic Guitar
Alexandra Brown Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Percussion,Drums
Abraham Laboriel Drums
Patrick Leonard Piano,Keyboards
Kristle Murden Background Vocals
Carolyn Perry Background Vocals
Darlene Perry Background Vocals
Lyle Workman Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sean Hurley Bass
John Shanks Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Stafford Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David E. Williams Electric Guitar
Billy Bush Electric Guitar
Luis Maldonado Electric Guitar
Caroline Campbell Violin
Dana Glover Background Vocals
James Freebarin-Smith Cello
Jerry Becker Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Viola
Brandi Carlile Vocals
Neel Hammond Violin
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Aaron Sterling Percussion,Drums
Jesse E. String Cello
Stephen Dress String Bass
Brian Macleod Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsPatrick Leonard Composer,Producer,drum programming
Lyle Workman Composer
Brandon Bush Composer
John Shanks Composer,Producer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Pat Monahan Composer
Billy Bush Engineer
Seth Waldmann Engineer
James Bourne Composer
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Matt Serrecchio Engineer
Jesse E. String Engineer
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Purchased this CD Because of the Sampled Music! Each song resonates and leaves me a better person. This gifted Artist speaks to my Soul. The words are what I would like to say in Times I have no voice.These are what I call Bare~Souled and so Honest a person that listens will wince.If true to your~self,understood.Okay, what "makes" Train? Strong vocals and a Great trio of Band Members backing up Pat Monahan."Hey Soul Sister" has renewed Strenght. Commercials, on "Glee" and a Cross~roads with Ms. Martina McBride All show Why. Hope the new Train stays on this course for a long Time. By the way, this Solo effort is easily "sneaked" onto Any Train CD. No one the wiser. However,Pat Monahan probaly has too much Integrity, unlike many in Music that "back~out". Promises are like a hand~shake. He keeps them.
I've listened to all the samples and it sounds like a bad version of Train. I heard the full version of "Her Eyes" and was wondering if the Bacon Brothers wrote the lyrics.
Some may say this doesn't sound any different than Train. No big surprise since Monahan's awesome vocals are center stage on any Train song. What this does offer is a more diverse set for Monahan to show us his range. If you like Monahan's rich, soulful voice, you'll love his solo stuff. It's mostly an upbeat, toe tapping set with plenty of hooks (like Train). While all the songs seem to be love-inspired... they're delivered across a wide range of songs. I've listened to the CD several times now and find that it offers enough variety of sound, pace, instrumentals, etc. that it never gets boring. "Pirate on the Run" features a refreshing duet and soulful harmony. If this CD doens't rise the charts... it's because of poor marketing (didn't even show up as a "new release" in Sunday's ads)... it's not for lack of fun, popular pop/rock melodies and lyrics.
Pat Monahan has the best voice of his generation. This album is amazing. Listen to the whole thing. The clips don't do it justice.
A friend gave me this CD and told me she didn't care for it. I took it and played it, and I found it amusing at times because of the lyrics. For example, the lyrics on "Her Eyes" are actually laughable. I mean, you start wondering if he did this song as some kind of a joke. You can click on the video to the right of Pat's CD cover here at Barnes and Noble to see the video on your computer. He does have a pretty good voice, but the lyrics are some of the worst I've ever heard.
I purchased this album yesterday and have listend to it 4 times!! I think if you are a fan of soulful lyrics and/or Train you are going to truly enjoy this first effort.
i love pat monahan!!! ever since i saw train live i have been obssesed with him! i thought last of seven is an amazing album. her eyes is always stuck in my head! way to go pat!!!!