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Travis isn't one of the most popular bands around but everyone knows who they are. Their most popular song is Why Does it Always Rain On Me. They are an alternative rock band and are originally from Glasgow. This is their fifth album and they released another last September called Ode to J. Smith. Their other famous songs include Sing, Side, Driftwood, Turn and many others. They also played at the Live 8 concert. They recently cameoed in the hit film Son of Rambow as teachers similar to the ones they played in the video of Driftwood. My favourite tracks from this album are: (1) 3 times and you lose, a slow intro flows into a great song. Typical Travis with the music provided by acoustic chords with lead guitar, bass and drums. Fran's singing is great as usual. A great way to start the album. (2) Selfish Jean, another great song. A great into starts off a good song. Fran's singing again is excellent as are all the instruments. I like the lyrics especially "don't rock the boat when you don't know how to swim." (3) Closer, this was the first single I heard from the album. The video is especially good and features a cameo from Ben Stiller who is a friend of the band. This is a slower song but still very good all the while. (5) Battleships, another great song. The instruments are great as is the singing, I'm baffled why after so many good songs like this that this got a bad review from NME. (7) My Eyes, this was another single released from the album. The lyrics are great. The video is amusing as well. Overall a great album, it has some really great singles and a must if you like Travis or want to know who helped influence bands like Keane, Coldplay and Snow Patrol.
I have been a fan of Travis from the beginning. I do believe that they have created some of the best music, and overtake most bands. I did anticipate getting hold of this album, and i have to admit, that i was not disappointed! When i fisrt heard 'Closer', which was the first single off the album, i was not that convinced. It seemed a little 'off the way' for Travis and was hoping that the rest of the album did not follow in the singles footsteps. When i first listened to the album there were certain tracks that i took to instantly such as '3 Times And You Lose', 'Under The Moonlight' and 'Big Chair'. Some of the tracks did take me a little longer to become 'accustomed' to. I am a Beatles fan, and this album reminded me of the first time i heard 'Revolver'. The shift from previous arrangements was something that grew on me and wasn't instant. You can't lose that Travis feel, and you automatically recognise them due to Fran Healey's tones. All the tracks have the orchestral arrangements that all Travis listeners and fans will know, but there is more passion and power in the arrangements. They seem to be louder in a way! This is a great album. You may be like me and not take to it instantly, but the tracks do grow on you, and i have to say that i play this album a lot of the time and have not got fed up woth it yet.
Oh Travis, where have you gone? I have loved them since the very first listen of "All I Wanna Do Is Rock", have seen them live 3 times in their first few years and have most of their early singles, and hoped for a return to form after the disappointing previous album. Boy, I was disappointed. Fran Healy has one of the most beautiful voices in indie music, and i can't fault it on this album, but the music, tunes and words are just falling short. Selfish Jean is a great tune, fun lyrics and brilliant turns of phrases but is just too reminiscent of Queen's "Killer Queen" to me. The only other track i liked on the album was "My Eyes" which shows off Healy's voice to great effect and is the only track that goes any way to touching my heart like the Travis of old. Beyond these two tracks, it's a case of Travis lacklustre. For those who think "why does it always rain on me" is their best song, then this is probably going to be rated as an alright, same old same old album. some of the songs will no doubt be played on some ITV programme about a group of thirtysomething friends but in terms of "proper" music, this just doesn't cut it. I'm still hoping that one day, Travis will release another album that brings back some of the vibe, energy and enthusiasm as "Good Feeling" along with some of the beauty of "The Man Who" but as the quality and vibrancy of the albums decreases as the years go by, i'm feeling less and less optimistic. When they are good, Travis are really, really good. But when they are bad, well, it's just mediocre.
Still as inspiring as the day Travis were brought to mass media attention in Britain, with a little help from Melody Maker & NME. The Boy With No Name is pure relief to the modern man that a band will overcome the fight between critiques, who unless your Weller, then you must mix it up, make yourselves into a new modem band playing with 'the mixing and sampling of genres topped with Indie Jelly tots to keep it sweet. This is no doubt pressure thanks to their managements 24 months contract tariff and a makeover by the latest professional stylists.
Closer took Travis to their early days, which saw the birth of Why Does It Always Rain On Me, a pure representation of Britpop Indie which NME once chewed on, only to spit out more recently. NME can now be found counting the calories consumed by Beth Ditto, also in search of a cheaper tobacco supplier for Winehouse and clan. No real representation of Britain.
We're left asking, where did Travis go? After all, this album came somewhat 4 years later than their last album Twelve Memories. My guess is they saw the likes of Ditto coming and did not want to get sat on. Good lads.
Your Britpop and it is what you do best, this will never change.
I dont see the point of reviwing albums becuase if someone likes a band they will like all of their music and if they dont like a band why lisitin to them to give them a bad reviw surley this is pointless. Becuase personaly i really dont like this album so this is quite a rubish reviw and a waste of your time if you are reading it. Music is all a matter of opoinon so some people will love some albums and others will hate ablums, why are you commenting on them if you hate them? you have just wasted about 10 mins of your life talking about something you really hate wouldnt pay money for and your trying to pursuade people to do the same as you. Did it ever cross your mind that maybe people just want to DooYoo miles more than anything else? Maybe Just Maybe.
I have always liked travis. Ever since i heard "Why does it always rain on me" all those years ago, i have developed a love for them. And this album is no exception, not only are the songs good but the videos are briliant as well. With selfisk jean being the favourite with the guy taking the t shirts off to reveal the lyrics printed on the front back and sides of the t shirt underneath, and the biscuits on a plate was a nice touch for that line. To me this album is one that you can sit there and listen to for hour upon hour, and never get tired of hearing the same tracks over and over, because they are that good. This album is a great buy, perhaps not at the £22.74 displayed above, but on itunes for £7.99 you can't go wrong. Overall a great buy and a great album.
Glasgow Band Travis are back with their latest album "The Boy with no Name" , After a couple of musically quiet years , Fran and the boys have returned to take back their place of Scottish Pop-Rockers at the top of the album chart. I've always had a soft spot for Travis, being a scottish lad myself I gave them a chance instantly and their album "The man who" was truly wonderful. So how good is the new one? Well i'd say it's not quite to the standard of the aforementioned album, it's still very good For me the standout tracks are 'Closer' , this was the first single and I heard it on the radio around the time of the albums release, really good song. 'Eyes Wide Open' - This is a quite raw sounding song with some good emoition shown and has a good melody too. 'My Eyes' , Back to their soft-rock best here with some great harmonies and generally a very sweet tune. Overall this album is very good, not in the league of their earlier stuff but credit to them as they've tried something different here and seem to be rediscovering themselves and their love of music. A really good effort and i'll look forward to their next album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 3 Times And You Lose
2 Selfish Jean
4 Big Chair
6 Eyes Wide Open
7 My Eyes
8 One Night
9 Out In Space
11 New Amsterdam