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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
  NUMBER TWO - THE SHANGRI-LA'S 'TRAIN FROM KANSAS CITY'

another teenage heart-in-the-mouth thrill. this has a chorus that sounds like it's overtaking itself - like a runaway train, the back carriages ploughing through the engine - the perfect knife-edge, again, between pain and joy: something exquisite in the longing of the vocals. the beginning of each verse: "baby, baby...". the mini-breakdown before the final chorus when the snares fall from the sky and reignite everything. the moment of doubt in the narrator's mind - should i really leave him? aren't i risking everything? - is erased by the chorus, as unstoppable as the train in the story. add in train whistles and a rollicking intro with that traintrack rhythm and what more do you want. oh my. TRAINS. 
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