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Ode to J Smith [Import]

TravisAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Travis is one of the most successful bands to come out of the modern Brit-Pop scene, known for their hit singles including “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”, “Sing” and “Departed” - inspiring bands like Coldplay and Keane who came after them. In fact, Coldplay’s Chris Martin calls himself a “poor man’s Fran Healy,” referring to ... Read more in Amazon's Travis Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fontana Universal
  • ASIN: B001G1L3R6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chinese Blues
2. J. Smith
3. Something Anything
4. Long Way Down
5. Broken Mirror
6. Last Words
7. Quite Free
8. Get Up
9. Friends
10. Song to Self
11. Before You Were Young

Editorial Reviews

Ode To J. Smith by Travis is 11 tracks of their loudest, edgiest and most arresting record yet. The album was recorded at Rak Studios in London and produced by Emery Dobyns (Antony & The Johnsons, Patti Smith, Battles) and mixed at Electric Lady Studios in NY. Healy says this album was 'born out of a rush of creative urgency, a need to make a record; it has to be amazing...the most cohesive thing we've ever done. When you move so quickly, there is little time to reflect. You have to be decisive.' In 12 years, Travis has sold ten million records, numerous accolades, headlined festivals all over the world.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ode To J. Smith November 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Ode To J. Smith is an interesting record with a rather interesting issue surrounding its release. Despite being received very positively by critics in the UK, the album failed to match the sales of Travis' previous, successful records. A lack of promotion is likely the culprit, as it turns out some of that critical boasting actually holds up.

The weaker-than-usual sales are an odd issue, considering that Ode To J. Smith is an interesting and mostly well-done record for the band. The sound on the record is much more aggressive and edgy than previous Travis albums, recalling classic post punk and garage rock acts such as The Ramones, as well as some newer favorites like The Strokes and The White Stripes. A restrained touch on guitar effects and the occasional haggard scream make this a fairly interesting and dynamic record, especially for a band that, like its contemporaries Coldplay and Keane, is constantly at risk of becoming just another stale adult alternative band. I think I even heard some banjo on "Last Words," which must be a first. Ode To J. Smith manages to negotiate the pitfalls of reinvention gracefully, managing to sound like classic Travis while doing something decidedly new for the band.

It's a short record, but that can be a serious boon in a time when mainstream rock albums are becoming more and more bloated with filler and extras. Better to rock out for 37 minutes than flounder for an hour, wouldn't you agree?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Travis - Ode to J Smith November 17, 2008
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I remember back in college, in 1999, I was at the Wherehouse and picked up The Man Who (dang, it doesn't seem thaaat long ago). Anyhow, I still absolutely love "The Man Who"; it's an absolute classic and it still sounds great today. It's aged extremely well. I have enjoyed everything since then - but not so much the Good Feeling debut though.

But after this newest release, Ode to J. Smith, I'm left feeling kind of disappointed. It's not that I dislike it, but rather, I don't love it. Usually I love everything they've put out since The Man Who. And yes, some people might complain and say they had gotten kind of mopey, sappy, over-dramatic at times, but hey, that's what I liked about them!

Ode to J. Smith is definitely way more rock, more electric, more louder than what I was expecting. I'm so-so on the first half, but at track 6 "Last Words" it starts sounding a bit more like a traditional Travis album, with a sweet banjo thrown in for good measure. I definitely liked the back half better than the first.

I've listened to it a half-dozen times now (which is made easy by the short running time) and I'm just not rah-rah-5-star-loving this, which makes me sad. Gone are the beautiful choruses, gone are the beautiful sweeping soundscapes. I'm just not sure I'm going to be listening to this several years from now like I do with most of their other albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album will grow on you November 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Travis fan for years and enjoy their music both on CD and live in concert. I was a bit disappointed with "12 memories", but then last year "The Boy with no name" made up for it. I loved that album. I saw that the band was releasing a new album this year and was eagerly anticipating the release. The first few listens didn't grab me. However, with further listening I have come to really love this album.

Favorite songs are: "Song to Self", "Quite Free", "Before You Were Young". The rest is also very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever. December 5, 2008
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I was introduced to Travis by way of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" in early 2000. I rushed to buy "The Man Who" and was completely satisfied with that album. The following year I was first in line to get "The Invisible Band" and was equally, if not more, satisfied. I went back and got "Good Feelings" and was slightly disappointed. "12 Memories" was somewhat disappointing as was "The Boy With No Name".

So, here is "Ode To J. Smith", right on the heels of "The Boy With No Name" a year and a half ago. I'll admit this is a grower. On first listen nothing really grabbed me, but upon closer inspection, several songs began to sink their hooks into me like the album opener "Chinese Blues", "J. Smith", "Long Way Down", "Last Words", "Quite Free", "Song To Self" and "Before You Were Young". The rest I continue to struggle with just exactly how I feel about them.

The sound of this album isn't exactly a stretch for the band. In fact, they still sound maudlin and morose in too many spots. Sure there's hints of "Good Feeling" since the band utilizes more guitars this time out, but really, it's not that much like "Good Feeling".

After mulling this album over all week long, I find that "The Man Who" and "The Invisible Band" remain my favorites. "Ode To J. Smith" is neither here nor there. It's not bad, but it's not great, it just is. I keep wondering if this is it for Travis. I feel they are a talented band that could do so much more, but this is the third album in a row that has been just okay. To me, Travis have the potential to be bigger, but they don't pick great producers and engineers, and the band doesn't seem interested in trying to be more experimental with their sound. They don't seem inspired to push the limits of their particular brand of music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Kim ji-Young
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it.
I am a huge Travis fan. I have been for about 10 years now. There are few people that were as excited for this album as I was. Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by David Rhoads
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Polished Travis
Without being really raw or hard rocking this album is undoubtedly Travis least polished since the debut of "Good Feeling" in 1997. Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by Morten Vindberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuevo album, nuevo sello...
Se extraña la fuente de TRAVIS en los titulos de portada. La linea grafica ha cambiado no asi las canciones. Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by SPKBLUE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Album
This is a really good Travis album it's a big change from there previous albums its very hard not a lot slow ballads but its a really good album all the songs are great on this... Read more
Published on February 16, 2009 by Ju@n
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to a Great Album
Like most TRAVIS fans, I came in during the time of Good Feeling and The Man Who -- those two albums quite literally opened my eyes as I found the music and the band I've been... Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by Coheteboy
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form and an ode to J. Smith
Travis have never released a record on the same level as "Good Feeling" in terms of sheer rockiness. Read more
Published on November 28, 2008 by Sandra L.
3.0 out of 5 stars ode to indie music
I think this is Travis' weakest album..I don't know what all the hype was about. This has a little more rock to it..but most of the catchy hooks are obsolete. Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by Donald Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not their best work
It is doubtful that Travis will be able to replicate the top to bottom quality of the Man Who again. Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by US
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... Travis shows signs of life (finally!)
As a fan of the band from the early hour, it pained me how Travis lost the pedals starting with 2003's dismal "12 Memories" album, and (after a 4 year lay-off) last year's "The Boy... Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by Paul Allaer
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