Westbound Train


by Jason MacNeil

26 October 2006


Westbound Train are rolling with this album, even if “Transition 1” takes a moment or two to get off the ground, moving from a Sun Studios-era rockabilly sound fluently into the smooth, slow ska of “Please Forgive Me” that sounds like Bedouin Soundclash. Other groups like UB40 come to mind with the relaxing and enjoyable island flair of “Good Enough”, which is definitely good enough. The same can be said for the soulful, Sam Cooke-ish “For the First Time” that shines perfectly. And it’s that old-school brand of soul which seems to be a subtle but stellar thread throughout, particularly on “Gone” and the fantastic “The Runaround”. After an iffy instrumental “The Test”, Westbound Train keep the momentum going with “Sorry Mama”, which is difficult not to groove to. Although it’s been done before, Westbound Train does this genre quite well and proud with the fine “I’m No Different” having some great horn work in the middle. The homestretch perhaps best describes the album with “Soul Revival” and the breezy, summer, Caribbean-tinged “Fatty Boom Boom”.




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