If you've listened to the radio in the last 10 years, you know about Train. With mega hits such as the frantically original "Meet Virginia", the year-long chart-occupying "Drops of Jupiter" and the funky feel-good anthem "Get to Me," Train has made an indelible and enduring mark on popular music. While every album is ultimately a band effort, it cannot be denied that the band’s success is intrinsically rooted in the compelling originality of frontman Pat Monahan's voice.

Yesterday, Monahan released his first solo album, Last of Seven. Lest the listener fear that this is yet another failed attempt of a successful lead vocalist to fly alone, Last of Seven merges the very best of Train's sound with a clear attempt to explore the range and styling of Monahan's voice.

Musically, Monahan does not depart dramatically from the genre in which Train is firmly entrenched. While a few songs attempt a significant deviation (like the gospel-inspired "Raise Your Hands" and the dirty-blues infused duet "Pirate on the Run"), the vast majority pursue the same Southern countrified moods of Train's earlier work.

Despite the musical unoriginality, Monahan's vocals are as good as ever. Whether bellowing the soaring choruses of "Two Ways to Say Goodbye," powering the insistent movement of "Someday," or tenderly reminiscing of love and loss on "Thinkin' Bout You," Monahan does not miss a step. Despite the limited musical diversity of this album, the varied moods and tones show that Monahan is no guitar-drowned frontman, but a vocalist in his own right.

If you love Train, you will love Last of Seven. Although it does not deviate significantly from the standard Train set, it does encapsulate the very best of Train's sound with some intriguing clues into Monahan's true abilities, an insight which holds promise for some hopefully more inventive future work.