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The Invisible Band - Travis
Member Name: deets
The Invisible Band - Travis
Date: 16/11/01, updated on 14/02/05 (240 review reads)
Advantages: some classics, no filler tracks
Disadvantages: not everyones thing
I realised the other day that I hadn't bought a CD for a few months, I didn't blame myself for long as I remembered I didn't work in the music industry anymore (what are you on you have always worked in computers? - ED). I had been spending my spare cash on new DVD's and putting up with my older CD's for a while. The other week though I was sitting watching MTV in its varying guises and a few songs came up that I thought were quite good, the unbearably catchy Kylie "cant get you out of my head", a quality tune by the lovely Alicia Keys (but I cant remember which track it was I heard) and of course the fantastic "sing" by the bunch of lads who go with the moniker "Travis". So I booted up my PC and went to my usual web site for entertainment products, but I soon felt guilty and then loaded up my usual CD and DVD selling website. Those of you who wish to know which one can pretend to be Sherlock for a minute and check out my other opinions (a tip, it wasn't easyjet..). So I ordered three new albums, "fever" by Kylie, "Songs in A Minor" by the lovelier than last time I said it Alicia Keys and of course "the invisible band" by Travis.
I must confess to being a funny one, I ALWAYS hate all albums I buy when I play them for the first time, a condition I have sought help for but alas my local GP was none too interested. So after going through my self designed therapy session of forcing myself to press the play button on the CD player and forcing myself through the tears to listen to each of the albums till I grew to love them. And love my new CD's I did; never have a trio bought such pleasure to me since the sooty show. Before I actually get into my review of the tunes, its probably a good idea to know I do naturally lean towards the music of the likes of Travis anyway, so it probably wasn't a surprise to find out that out of the three, "the invisible band" was the
one that I most find singing to myself while cooking me tea. The other two are great mind you, and if I ever get a spare minute I might well pen an opinion on those as well, a special treat for you all to look forward to ;)
A minor warning, my CD is an import version so I guess the tracks and/or order might be different to the UK version. Okay, enough BS deets, lets here what you think of the bleedin music! . Okay, hold on, wipe the dribble from your chin, order in a pizza and get ready for
"The Deets guide to Travis: The invisible Band."
Yes I did, for hours and hours. I love this track, what a start to the CD, one of the best beginnings I have on any album. Yes it?s that good. If you aren?t singing along to this one, then time to get the doc to take the rice krispies out of your ears. Beautiful guitar, great vocals and a wonderful roll to the whole thing. Catchy, uplifting and a true classic that will lift your mood and make you dance with the cat (even if you don't have one).
It took a while for this one to grow on me I must confess. It starts of slow and gentle, quite down beat. The more you listen, the more it all links into together, it builds up nicely and carries you onto the chorus. Slightly haunting vocals, a change from the uplifting first track and gives you an idea muff monkey of the mix of tunes that lay ahead. A nice idea, works, but not great.
Yey! I always have a little smile when track 2 finishes as I know Side will be up next. Again I cant say enough how much I love this track. To me its similar to "sing" in how it makes me feel. A confident track where everything works, that great voice just goes so well with the guitar. Picks you up and throws you around and puts you down with a smile.
4. Pipe Dreams
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etting into the tracks that most people wouldnt have heard before, time for the album to show if its a Karl or a Darcy. Another good track, nothing too great, probably heard similar on Radiohead OK Computer, but is again carried well and adds nicely to the package. Nice chorus which again shows off the vocal variation.
5. Flowers in the Window
Another one in upbeat style, love this more and more every time I hear it. Sounds familiar, but cant quite put my finger on it. Probably saying something deep but Ill leave that for someone else to decipher! Nice use of seagulls, don't know if they were meant to be there. A cross between the faster paced tracks and the slower ones, but with the trademark chorus that will have your bits tapping away.
6. The cage
Nice and intimate track, feels like he is sitting in the room knocking this one out. Bit of a change of pace, slower than the others and allows for the vocal talents to shine out. Lovely melodic chorus.
Were nicely into the album now, had a good variation of tracks. This one always makes me think my phone is ringing when it starts, yes i do have a weird phone. One of the slowest starting tracks of the lot but again builds up as it goes along using the strong vocals to pull you along while it builds. Nice gentle guitar, nice gentle drums. Nice to listen to wrapped up in bed with your eyes closed.
8. Follow the light
Okay, things pick up here again and starts strong and carried through the rest of the track. This time it the guitar and other instruments that make this a good track. A up lifter again, like 1 and 3 but not as strong, although only marked down in comparison, stands up well on its own.
9. Last Train
Not one of my favourite tracks on the
album. Again sounds a
bit too much like Radiohead to me, not that that is bad thing, but I personally prefer the more positive other tracks. Good though, sure those who prefer things deeper will love it, but the angst vocals are not the mood I wanted when loading up this album. Probably my weak spot on the album.
Ah, this is a bit better. Starts off well, you know this is going to have a bit more to it that the last track, still one of the slower tracks but the instrumental side brings this up. Still a bit too much angst, but to me works better with the slightly faster tempo and stronger vocals. Builds you up to a good ending as well, so you don?t feel quite so negative when it ends.
Start reminds me of an old cigar commercial with its slow guitar playing. Another intimate start with the soft vocals and gentle guitar but has more of a punch to it as it plays through. The strong chorus brings this up, a nice mix of the gentle and punchier vocals, which really get moving with the mild orchestral mix. Fades into a relaxing end, which is destroyed with the final effect to strike fear into anyone! Especially if listened to in bed ;)
12. the humpty dumpty love song
Oh, are we almost done already? Ah that's a shame, normally my opinions aren't written while having such interaction with the item being commented on. Of course with this I had the music playing while I wrote. To be honest, by the time I get to this track I am usually so relaxed that I don?t even notice this one playing its so soft and gentle. Bit off a different musical bent here, but one that kicks in with a nice surprising jolt only to drop off and leave you with the gentle vocals. Actually this track reminds me of the album as a whole, some great uplifting parts mixed along with confident and stylish slower tempo parts. A
nice end, which leaves you
Well thanks for reading through all that! I know music is such a personal thing and also fluctuates on the mood or atmosphere of the moment, but this album is one that I think a lot of people would enjoy as it's such a well-crafted example of its genre. If you like radiohead or coldplay then this will also probably tickle your bits nicely but because of the quality of the whole album, it?s not exclusive to fans of that style. Would make a great present for xmas for anyone under the age of 30 and maybe also for a few older than that ;) Some of the tracks are true classics, "Sing" and "Side" being the two main ones, but there is more than enough in the other tracks that makes the album a great purchase. Will have nice surprises for those originally attracted by the MTV friendly "Sing" although to me that track is worth a few quid alone. Definitely one that wont be leaving my CD player for while!
Thanks for reading :>