Downy Mildew's evolution from cryptic folk-pop to alternative rock powerhouse was complete with An Oncoming Train, a release which dispensed with mystery in favor of an accessible sound. Unfortunately this was more of a loss than a gain, as the unique character of the band was lost in the slick mix. This isn't to say that these songs aren't without merit; several are very good, and "Elevator" is a complete pop gem, with a sultry Jenny Homer vocal over an insanely catchy guitar hook. In fact, Homer's vocals are at their peak throughout this album, and she assays a wide variety of moods with success. An Oncoming Train has several songs that are excellent, presented with more complex arrangements and a wider range of textures than the band had tried before. The album was good and still rewards repeated listening, but it doesn't have the personality and uniqueness of Mincing Steps.
AllMusic Review by Richard Foss