New music to file under 'surprisingly decent', Train (yes, the band best known for the song "Hey, Soul Sister") has released a cover album of the entirety of Led Zeppelin II, one of the greatest classic rock albums of all time. My initial reaction was obviously "How dare they! Who the fuck does Train think they are?!" I decided it was best to dig deeper, giving their cover of "Ramble On," one of my favorite Zeppelin tracks, a thorough listen, and you know what? It's not half bad.
It doesn't really sound like Train, more like Zeppelin, or rather, a pretty good Zeppelin cover band. The instrumentals are surprisingly tight and the vocals are not too shabby... let me put it like this, if you played me the cover and said, Hey, this is my band covering Led Zeppelin I would be wholeheartedly impressed. I think if you put the fact that Train is performing it out of your head and distance yourself from whatever hangups you may have with them as a band, you may actually find the cover to be some brand of enjoyable.
They are also apparently touring with the album and, ugh, I just don't know how to feel about that. If youre a fan of both Train and Led Zeppelin, you'll probably enjoy the show. Projects like these are so easy to be overly critical of and are oftentimes undeserving of such extreme and relentless criticism. Your life isn't over because Train decided to cover Led Zeppelin, the original album still exists, and nobody is forcing you to listen to them, just try to keep an open mind and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.