Train — “Counting Airplanes” (from My Private Nation) — Counting

Even though his songwriting style tends to veer toward unnervingly cutesy more often than is necessary, I see no point in pretending that I think Train’s fabulous frontman Pat Monahan isn’t beyond brilliant. (Anyhow, it’s not like I haven’t dedicated a barrelful of Buzz ink to expressing that very opinion in any number of words and phrases.) What can I say: when he gets on a roll, his vocal acrobatics hit my sweet spot every single time, particularly in tunes like this, which find him pondering his place in the universe and wondering whether someone will be there to help break his inevitable fall.

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