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The Boy With No Name

TravisAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B000O77SKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 3 Times And You Lose
2. Selfish Jean
3. Closer
4. Big Chair
5. Battleships
6. Eyes Wide Open
7. My Eyes
8. One Night
9. Under The Moonlight
10. Out In Space
11. Colder
12. New Amsterdam
13. Sailing Away

Editorial Reviews

Travis seemingly disappeared after the arguably forgettable 12 Memories but the sound of the Scottish group's daydream-pretty guitar rock endured thanks to Keane, Snow Patrol, and especially Coldplay. More than three years later, Travis is playing catch-up with their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name. Predictably, it's a well-crafted affair, bursting to life with tunes that celebrate life's minor victories such as "Closer," "Battleships," and "My Eyes." But as a comeback effort it feels flawed, let down by both melodies that disappear into the ether as quickly as they come out of the speakers ("One Night," "3 Times You Lose") and those that clumsily attempt to tweak the formula ("Eyes Wide Open," "Selfish Jean"). --Aidin Vaziri

Product Description

2007 release and fifth album overall from these Scottish Pop/Rockers. The Boy WIth No Name is their most consistent release to date and is overflowing with great melodies and dynamic musical twists and turns. 12 tracks including the first single 'Closer'. Sony.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to form May 14, 2007
By K. Gray
Format:Audio CD
After the dark, protest-song side trip that was 12 Memories, Travis have returned to what they do best (and did FIRST, long before Coldplay, Starsailor, or any other). This album sits very nicely next to The Man Who and The Invisible Band, and while it doesn't reach the brilliance of the former, it most certainly is equal to or better than the latter. There are bittersweet lyrics, happy jangly guitars, and even some violin here and there in the songs, and the textures work very well. These guys are decent musicians.

As in albums past, Fran's lyrics remain in "forced rhyme" mode, which can occasionally grate on the ears, and sometimes just plain don't make sense ("I wake up to find you lying awake with your hands in your head..." Eww!), but most of the time they work. I also like some of more experimental sounds Travis pursues (experimental for Travis, anyway), especially the bass-driven song, Big Chair. Unfortunately, this album also contains what is arguably the WORST Travis song ever, New Amsterdam. There is a hidden song called Sailing that makes up for this misstep, however.

I find Travis to be a band that, like CAKE or some others bands, sounds best when they stick to their time-tested formula. Some bands need to rework their sounds from album to album to keep it interesting for themselves and others (Radiohead, to name one), but Travis has a pop-perfect sound that is utterly timeless. Why mess with it?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate!!! May 8, 2007
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Travis return with their brand of melodic but melancholic rock, and that choir boy voice, aped since by fellow Brits Coldplay and Keane.

Titled after lead singer Fran Healey's son who was nameless for a while after being born recently, "The boy who had no name" opens with the downbeat Simon & Garfunkel-like "3 times and you lose", followed by the upbeat Motown-like "Selfish Jean".

Lead off single "Closer" is a rather dreamy, melancholic tune, with superb, echoing vocal effects.

Other standouts are "Big chair", the sweeping "Eyes wide open" (with edgy guitars), the touching "My eyes" (which seems to be about Healey's son), the ballads "One night" (pretty and jangly), "Out in space" (complete with alien-like effects), and the woozy "Colder". "Under the moonlight" features KT Tunstall.

Tight harmonies, beautiful guitar and piano work, and personal lyrics, just what we've come to expect from Travis!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Better Travis Albums May 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Travis Fan since 'The Man Who'. I actually liked 12 memories, but understood that it was far too dark for most people.

Thankfully, this album is upbeat and has a ton of GOOD songs.

Battleships, Big Chair, Closer, and My Eyes could get plenty of airtime. Check out the bonus song at about 5:50 on the last track -- it's terrific!

If you've liked Travis in the past, this album will *NOT* disappoint.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars best since "the man who"? May 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i remember touring in england when i saw a TV spot for this new record form travis called "the man who"...the next day i went to the virgin magastore in picadilly circus to buy it, but it was the equivalent of about 30 bucks US. i declined purchase thinking i would pick it up in the states when i got home for about half that. not realizing it was in import-only, i spent the next year trying to but it online or illegally download songs from the internet. i finally got it when it was officially released in the states and thought it was just majestic. lush english soundscapes, U2esque guitarwork, and fran's unique almost operatic voice; the album was strong from start to finish and really (to me) painted a landscape of what scotland and england actually felt like in the late 90's.

"the invisible band" came next, and this is where i felt travis started to really get cheesy. granted, they're not that impressive lyrically to begin with, but i can accept a semi-sappy love song if it's packaged in a way that travis was genius at to begin with. (btw, "good feeling" was a great freshman effort for a young UK band. nothing really unique, but showed some promise. i never listen to this record now.) but with "sing" i wanted to distance. the saving grace of this record was in the latter part. it got really dark and really smart with the almost-trilogy of "last train", "afterglow", and "indefinitely". it was a perfect balance of the 3 minute simple britpop song and foreshadowing of something a bit more progressive. to me it saved the record. they should have stopped there.

it was gonna take me being blown away by travis to really consider them one of my favorite bands again with their next release. i just couldn't get my head around "12 memories". maybe i had outgrown them.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always surprised! May 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Travis always puts out quality music and I'm always surprised at how they can top their last album! They keep pumping out better and better music. Easy to listen to - easy to sing along to - and so entertaining. Just saw their video to "Closer" - that was GREAT! Thanks for continuing to entertain!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon review missed the spot May 8, 2007
By Lis
Format:Audio CD
The Amazon review is incorrect. This album rocks. The band's orginal sound is still there but with a fresher sound. Every track hooks you the first few seconds into the song. Buy it if you are a true Travis fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by Kim ji-Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful from Start to Finish
If I can't decide on what to listen to, I can always put on Travis and be happy I made that decision. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Still inspired!
Almost as good as "The Invisible Band"! Their inspiration is still in great shape!... It has a kind of overall sadness, but is intelligent and beautiful as usual!
Published on September 27, 2010 by Daniel Cesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!
Just love the songs on this album. You won't be sorry purchasing this one...every song's a winner with me!
Published on November 27, 2009 by D. J. Slaughter
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Travis album
After a long pause, Travis is back with a new strong release. The sound is the familiar crispy; perhaps with a fuller production than what was heard on the previous albums. Read more
Published on October 10, 2009 by Morten Vindberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Se hicieron extrañar...
Se esperaba un album nuevo, demasiadas expectativas, lamentablemente no las cubrio del todo. Tiene muy buenas canciones que como singles han funcionado muy bien y un excelente... Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by SPKBLUE
2.0 out of 5 stars Well runs dry
Most bands are not expected to grow leaps and bounds between albums, but mild Brit rockers Travis seem to completely ignore the concept and if anything, have slipped backwards. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, Cheery & Musical
If you love Travis, buy this album.

You can feel the love in this album. It ooozes out... It is light, happy, cheery & musical. Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by Gisela Vargas
4.0 out of 5 stars back to the basics!
"The Boy With No Name" sees Travis return to familiar territory. After taking a somewhat dark and foreboding turn with their last studio release "12 Memories," we are now back to... Read more
Published on July 12, 2008 by Jon Danuser
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing / Deep / Real!
I haven't heard a group this refreshing since forever! I listen to them over and over, I'm completly hooked on them! I love them! I've turned them on to a lot of my friends. Read more
Published on July 4, 2008 by Elizabeth C. Wappler
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This album is perfect
Actually, if you are new to Travis' stuff--like I was oh, only last summer, get their "Singles Cd." It will give you a good feel of Travis and introduce you to the different tones of thier 3 albums. BTW, I love many songs on "12 memories"--granted its not great, but its... Read More
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