California 37 (album)

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California 37
Studio album by Train
Released April 13, 2012
Recorded 2010–12
(see recording)
Genre Rock, pop rock, folk rock, roots rock
Length 40:01
Label Columbia
Producer Espionage, David Hodges, Diji Parq, Butch Walker, Gregg Wattenberg
Train chronology
Save Me, San Francisco
(2009)
California 37
(2012)
Bulletproof Picasso
(2014)
Singles from California 37
  1. "Drive By"
    Released: January 10, 2012
  2. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
    Released: June 11, 2012
  3. "Bruises"
    Released: October 5, 2012
  4. "This'll Be My Year"
    Released: November 29, 2012
  5. "Mermaid"
    Released: December 27, 2012

California 37 is the sixth studio album from California rock band Train. The album was released on April 13, 2012 through Columbia Records. It is the last Train album to feature drummer Scott Underwood before his departure in 2013. It was preceded by the lead single "Drive By" on January 10, 2012.

Background[edit]

Train recorded the album in San Francisco and Los Angeles with Butch Walker and Espionage, and Monahan says that a majority of the writing happened while the group was touring Save Me, San Francisco. "I didn't spend 3 months or 5 months writing, I just wrote throughout the course of the last 3 years," said Monahan. "We have 13 songs that we've recorded and I want to hear every single one of them over and over again."[1]

Recording[edit]

California 37 was recorded in various locations across North America. Recording sessions for the band's sixth studio album took place at the Tiny Telephone and Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco and at Ruby Red Studios located in Los Angeles, California. Additional recording and production for the album also took place at the Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington and at the Avast! Recording Studios located in Seattle, Washington. Other studios used by the band for recording on California 37 include Integrated Studios, Flux Studios, MSR Studios and Peaceful Waters Music, all located in New York, New York, and at the Quayside Studios, located outside of North America, in Newcastle, England.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 53/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Billboard 75/100[4]
Goldmine 5/5 stars[5]
Jam! 3/5 stars[6]
Melodic.net 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Michigan Daily 3.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars[10]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[11]
The Washington Times 2.5/4 stars[12]

California 37 received generally mixed reviews from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 53 based on 6 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[2] Both the BBC and The New York Times gave the album mixed reviews.[13][14] On the other hand, the Northwest Herald and Billboard gave the album a positive review.[15][16]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart in the United Kingdom, selling 7,809 copies.[17] It is their highest-charting album there since Drops of Jupiter which peaked at number eight in 2001.[18] In the United States, California 37 debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 76,000 copies. It is their fourth top 10 album and their highest-charting album in the US.[19] As of September 2012, California 37 has sold 254,000 copies.[20]

On June 25, Train is re-issuing the album as California 37: Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour Edition. It will have three additional studio recordings on it: "Futon", "To Be Loved" and a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine". The album will also have 3 live songs off of California 37 taken from the band's 2012 San Francisco Tour: "Drive By (Live from San Francisco)," "This'll Be My Year (Live from San Francisco)," and "When The Fog Rolls In (Live from San Francisco)."[21]

Singles[edit]

"Drive By" was released as the album's lead single on January 10, 2012.[22][23] It was commercially successful, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100—giving the band their third top ten hit on the chart—and at number 2 on the Billboard Adult Top 40.[24][25] It also reached the top ten in several other countries, including Austria,[26] Denmark,[27] Germany,[28] the Netherlands,[29] Sweden,[30] Switzerland,[31] and the United Kingdom.[32] The single was later certified three times platinum by Music Canada and the Recording Industry Association of America,[33][34] two times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association,[35] The song's music video, directed by Alan Ferguson[36] and shot at Shafer Vineyards,[37] premiered on VH1 on February 14, 2012.[38] "Feels Good at First" was released digitally on March 26 in the week preceding the album's release.[39] "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" was released to adult contemporary radio in the United States as the album's second official single on June 11,[40] with a release to mainstream radio following on July 31.[41] The single peaked at numbers 20 and 4 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Top 40.[24][25]

"Bruises", featuring American country singer Ashley Monroe, was released as the third single from California 37 on October 5, 2012.[42] The song was re-recorded in both English and French with singer Marilou for its Canadian single release,[43] while the original version was released to country radio and peaked at number 79 on the Hot 100.[24][44] On November 28, Train announced that "This'll Be My Year" would be released as the album's fourth single in Australia.[45] The following day, it officially impacted radio in the country.[46] "Mermaid" was released to American adult contemporary radio as the album's fifth overall and final single on December 27.[47]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "This'll Be My Year"   Pat Monahan, Butch Walker, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz Butch Walker 3:30
2. "Drive By"   Monahan, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund Espionage, Butch Walker (add.) 3:16
3. "Feels Good at First"   Monahan, Allen Shamblin Butch Walker 3:02
4. "Bruises" (featuring Ashley Monroe) Monahan, Lind, Bjørklund Espionage, Butch Walker (add.) 3:52
5. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"   Monahan, Lind, Bjørklund Espionage, Butch Walker (add.) 4:08
6. "You Can Finally Meet My Mom"   Monahan, Jerry Becker Butch Walker 4:40
7. "Sing Together"   Monahan, Lind, Bjørklund Espionage, Butch Walker (add.) 3:26
8. "Mermaid"   Monahan, Lind, Bjørklund, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen Espionage, Butch Walker (add.) 3:17
9. "California 37"   Monahan, Gregg Wattenberg, Diji Parq Butch Walker, Gregg Wattenberg, Diji Parq 2:13
10. "We Were Made for This"   Monahan, Walker Butch Walker 4:04
11. "When the Fog Rolls In"   Monahan, Wattenberg Butch Walker 4:22

Personnel[edit]

Credits for California 37 adapted from AllMusic.[50]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[51] 9
Austrian Albums Chart[26] 22
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[52] 103
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)[53] 181
Canadian Albums Chart[54] 6
Danish Albums Chart[27] 27
Dutch Albums Chart[27] 16
French Albums Chart[55] 114
German Albums Chart[56] 25
Irish Albums Chart[57] 74
Italian Albums Chart[58] 39
New Zealand Albums Chart[59] 17
Scottish Albums Chart[60] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[31] 14
UK Albums Chart[61] 7
US Billboard 200[62] 4
US Billboard Rock Albums[63] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[64] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[65] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[66] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Edition Format Label
Australia[67] April 13, 2012 Standard CD Columbia Records, Sony Music
Germany[68][69] CD, digital download
Ireland[70] Digital download
United Kingdom[71] April 15, 2012
Australia[72] April 16, 2012
United Kingdom[73] CD
Ireland[74] April 17, 2012
United States[75][76] CD, digital download
United Kingdom[77] May 8, 2012 LP
United States[78]
Germany[48] November 30, 2012 Deluxe CD
United Kingdom[79] December 3, 2012
United States[49] June 25, 2013 Tour

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