Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye

Train has always straddled the line between being genuinely clever but quirky, and an over the top, nonsensical cheese fest. Has anyone figured out what Drops of Jupiter refers to yet? Or half of Drive By? No? Not that it matters. The band has been enjoying massive success lately, and has even become one of the biggest names in A/C radio. Their latest single, 50 Ways to Say Goodbye, once again straddles that fine line  between clever and cheesey. Luckily, its a balancing act that Pat and the boys pull off without breaking a sweat.

Breakups are hard, right? There’s nothing that rings quite as true as heartbreak. Backed by mariachi horns and guitars, Pat somberly sings about how his relationship came to a bitter end. And then, the atmosphere shifts. The song blossoms into an upbeat pop rock tune as Pat comes to a realization in the chorus. His woman never left him….She died! At least…that’s what he’s going to tell everyone.

Through out the chorus, he continues to list different ways that his lover met her untimely end. “She was caught in a mudslide, eaten by a lion, run over by a crappy purple Scion.” Yes, you read that right. Normally,  lyrics like this would raise an eyebrow (like they did in Drive By). But other songs like this don’t have half of Pat’s wit or tongue in cheek conviction. 
This is one of the funniest songs to make it to pop radio in awhile. It also helps that its catchy, and has a distinctive sound. The mariachi elements fit Train’s pop-rock sound nicely, and really help convey the song’s humorous yet grim message. The music video is just as clever as the song itself. Its a definite hit for Train, and clearly shows what they’re capable of when they actually put some effort into their lyrics (unlike Drive By).

Final Score: 3/5

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