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Album Review

Early in their career, Travis sounded like Oasis crossed with U2, and as the years rolled steadily on, they gradually replaced Oasis with Radiohead, without ditching that devotion U2. Travis may have cut out any of their overt rock influences, yet they retained the everyday, boys-next-door image that was so common in all the post-Britpop guitar bands, and that humility served them well on their 1999 sophomore effort, The Man Who, a commercial breakthrough that also established the soft, shimmering sound that was their signature. Unfortunately for them, not long after that album, they were eclipsed by Coldplay, another Radiohead-U2 fusion that managed to keep some sense of majesty to their music, something that Travis, sensible lads that they are, seemed to studiously avoid. In the wake of that simultaneous success and eclipse, the group survived some professional and personal struggles, taking four years to record their fifth album, 2007's The Boy with No Name. Far from being a long-gestating leap forward, The Boy with No Name offers a comfortable, familiar Travis, but there is a slight, subtle difference: the band has truly embraced their modesty, settling into their gentleness. There's a mild, untroubling weariness to their performances here that suits them quite well; it deepens the music, makes their deliberate tempos resonate, it makes the quietness feel contemplative, it even makes the cleanliness of the production feel right, a reflection of their maturity. If the melodies don't really dig in, they nevertheless float sweetly, meshing into the overall fabric and feel of the album. If the music never quite soars, it never seems as if the band is struggling in vain to achieve take-off, either. For the first time since The Man Who, Travis doesn't seem to strive to achieve something, they just exist, and their music is better for it. They're still ordinary, almost painfully so, but they don't seem pedestrian, they seem to have weathered some ups and downs, channeling that experience into an album that has a slight, yet palpable, emotional resonance that their predecessors often lacked.

Customer Reviews

You have to buy this album

I can't believe more people aren't buying this album now it's available on iTunes UK. Selfish Jean is worth £5.99 on it's own. Buy it people - support one of the best British bands of the last 20 years

Lovely.

WELL SAID THAT MAN BELOW. This album is honestly beautiful, I'm amazed to see such little interest on iTunes. One of the most tear jerking albums since r-heads ok computer! Although obviously not as good as that! A must buy nevertheless!

Fantastic!!!!!

When I got my first iPod 7 years ago, this was the first ever song I purchased from iTunes. After having lost the copy I bought it again and my oh my doesn't it bring back memories. I'm shocked however with how little attention it has gained on iTunes. Please, if your reading this, buy this album! Tell your friends and spread the word!. Travis are amazing and this Album in my opinion is the best :D

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Kula Shaker, and Embrace, Travis were one of the most prominent British trad rock bands in the mid- to late '90s. Following Oasis' lead of crafting down-to-earth, heartfelt songs in the vein of classic British bands from the '60s, Travis were more successful and enduring than some of their peers due to their lively, impassioned songwriting and performances. The group formed in Glasgow around 1990 as something of a lark for its members, singer/songwriter Francis...
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