The Boy With No Name
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This album contains 13 brand new tracks and reunites the band with acclaimed producer Nigel Godrich. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]
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
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This is Travis's fifth studio album in ten years. I think it has seven good songs: "Selfish Jean", "Closer", "Big Chair", "Battleships", "Eyes Wide Open", "My Eyes" and "New Amsterdam". That leaves six average tracks including the hidden track which I will call "Sailing Away". This is typical, in my not-so-humble opinion, of a Travis album. Good melodies, good lyrics, nice, soothing mood music that I think actually began with The Byrds. Travis have always had this 60's vibe to their harmonies which I like.
So what to recommend for a Travis fan? Buy it, don't buy it, do what you will. It doesn't matter to me. I bought it, I liked it, I own all five of their albums, so take that for what it's worth. I didn't think it was fantastic, nor did I think it was the best album by the band. It was just good.
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You can feel the love in this album. It ooozes out... It is light, happy, cheery & musical.Read more