Even Train's most ardent fans have to be blown away by the band's uncanny ability to roll with the punches. More than a decade after "Drops of Jupiter" pushed the veteran Bay Area bar band to the top of the charts, they're still cranking out the super hits. That said, fame hasn't been a smooth ride for the group (it never is). After 2003's My Private Nation went platinum (itself a step down from the double platinum Drops of Jupiter two years earlier), 2006's For Me, It's You failed to even go gold. Feeling demoralized and worn out, the band quietly slipped into hiatus mode, with lead singer Pat Monahan striking out on his own.
By the time 2009 rolled around, just about everybody figured Train were dead and gone. But then, amazingly enough, they roared back with Save Me, San Francisco, yet another successful album anchored by the monster hit "Hey, Soul Sister." Now, with their new album California 37, the group seems to be utterly unstoppable. In fact, one could argue they've become pop-rock's preeminent balladeers -- Journey 2.0 for the early 21st century.