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12 Memories [Explicit Lyrics]

Travis Audio CD
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Written and recorded across a globe-spanning variety of inspiring locations from London to Berlin, New York and rural Norway, with input from some of pop’s top producers, Travis’s seventh album Where You Stand isn’t exactly the work of a new young band with limited resources fearlessly delivering a remarkable debut. So why does it sound like it could be?

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  • Audio CD (13 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B0000C6K00
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quicksand
2. The Beautiful Occupation
3. Re-Offender
4. Peace the Fuck Out
5. How Many Hearts
6. Paperclips
7. Somewhere Else
8. Love Will Come Through
9. Mid-Life Krysis
10. Happy to Hang Around
11. Walking Down the Hill

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Travis's self-produced fourth album, 12 Memories, is lush and gorgeous, drenched with strings and piano, which add a lazy, dreamlike quality to songs such as first single "Re-Offender" and opening track "Quicksand", and even the occasional bit of experimentation (a dog whining in the background of "Paperclips" is an appropriately creepy effect). But it's also lyrically their darkest album, even by Travis's standards.

Never the happiest of bands, at least on record (after all, they broke through by singing "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"), they colour 12 Memories throughout with a morose (but, tellingly, never bitter) resignation (the aforementioned single "Re-Offender", about being trapped in an abusive relationship, is a perfect example of this). That's probably down to circumstances: in the two years since their last album (The Invisible Band), they nearly disintegrated when drummer Neil Primrose was badly injured in an accident. But he--and the band--have recovered, and are sounding better for it. Frontman Fran Healy, arguably one of the nicest men in popular music, manages to deliver an anti-war message on "Peace the Fuck Out" that's more pleading than angry, and all the more affecting. 12 Memories is exactly the sort of album that Radiohead should be making right now--it's accessible and poignant, with an undercurrent of real-world frustration and paranoia running throughout. Travis's best album to date is also their bravest, by some distance. --Robert Burrow

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TRAVIS 12 Memories (2003 UK 11-track CD album includes Re-Offender and The Beautiful Occupation picture sleeve)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album I have been waiting for 2 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Travis are a band who have often divided the opinions amongst my friends. They are either seen as the wonderful indie band who pen solid, radio friendly music, or the band who just bore people to death with their monochrome, monotonous MOANY music.
Now clearly both camps are completely wrong. Travis are a British band, who with their first three albums were finding a voice. Their debut was an immature, highly energised attempt at glam rock that flashed signs of excellent musical ability. The Man Who took the band in a completely different direction. It's reflective nature, which initially alienated a great deal of the major critics, stood well with the fans. Glorious songs such as The Fear, Driftwood and The Last Laugh Of The Laughter underlined a true songwriting gift in Fran Healy, and the band began to fit more comfortably with each other. The unexpected multi-platinum success weighed a great deal of expectation on their follow-up, The Invisible Band.
The last album did little for the band's image. Musically I find it an absolute joy to listen to yet lyrically Healy seemed to be writing from the outside looking in, as opposed to the inside out. Sing and Side commanded the radio waves for long enough and the band slowly retreated. They simply wanted to be out of the limelight.
The Invisible Band however did not leave a great after taste. It was almost too sweet, too pleasurable a listen. Once The Strokes and Coldplay's more aggressive Rush of Blood... arrived Travis had swiftly been put into the background, but myself and a small number of people knew, just knew that their fourth album would be something to reckon with, and with five stars glaring and truly glowing pride, I am here to say that 12 Memories is an astonishing record.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I have always had time for Travis. The modest individuals that make up the supremely talented band exhibit an honesty and earnestness that is quite refreshing in an increasingly image centric industry.

Whilst The Man Who and The Invisible Band satisfied on so many levels the follow up, 12 Memories, threw people off with a completely different direction in songwriting. Yet the signs were always there. From the domestic abuse riddled 'Blue Flashing Light' that reared its ugly head at the end of The Man Who to the murderous intentions of 'The Last Train' on Invisible Band, Travis have never been ones to make sweeping generalisations about.

12 Memories explores darker themes for longer and the moments of hope, and love found and conquered, still remain somewhat subdued, no matter how beautiful in their execution.

Where this album excels however is in the intricate instrumentation. Few people seem to have mentioned just how complex yet potent the passages of music are in the 50 or so minutes that ensue. It equals any Beatles record I have heard, in both originality and sheer technical quality.

Minus the absolutely dire Paperclips every song on 12 Memories deserves repeated listens. It is a masterclass in musicianship and despite the lukewarm commercial success it is quite clearly a monumental achievement for a band who are consistently underrated and misperceived as a simplistic, dull pop hit making band. 12 Memories underlines this, and stands near the top of my list of treasured records.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travis..with a twist 26 Sep 2003
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Format:Audio CD
On a first listening, it's not the Travis die hard fans know and love, but give it chance and it won't be out of your cd player for a long time...I started off almost disliking this cd, thought it was bland and average, but it really does get inside your head, now i cant stop listening to it..
Opening with Quicksand and Beautiful Occupation both upbeat and quite commercial, the current single follows, then a brilliant track, Peace the F..k out, Fran at his endearing best! How Many Hearts and Somewhere Else (my favourite track) could be strong contenders for the next single, both really catchy, and most people will have already heard the wonderful Love Will Come Through, soundtrack to Moonlight Mile and available previously as a charity record after the drummer's spinal injury.I think the album has a couple of fillers, Paperclips and Walking down the Hill in particular. The cd finishes with the 'hidden' track, In the Church, a lovely laid back piano complimenting Fran's voice, really wonderful end to a brilliant 4th album for a band in Coldplay's league.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, refreshing, and different. 18 Oct 2003
By Mikey G
Format:Audio CD
I was a little hesitant upon purchasing this album. Now, i'm a big travis fan, and in my opinion, 'the man who' was one of the greatest albums produced in the 1990's and was a superb follow up to their up-beat, and underestimated debut. It was rarely out of my c.d. player for at leas 3 moths after buying it, and it still gets listened to now (the sign of a great album). It did get a little over-played but was a genuine groundbreaker for the band. However, the invisible man was a little too mellow and cheery for me. The soulful rhythms of 'the man who' were somewhat swallowed by the need to produce effective "pop" tunes, that appealed to all, and maintained travis' reputation as the leaders in accessible music. I felt the invisible man tailed off, and hoped that '12 memories' would once again return to the level they had set themselves. All of this, coupled with my bank statements stopped me rushing out and buying it.
I did in the end risk it, and I am so, so glad. This album is already one of my favourites of the year so far. It is easy to listen to, and yet not in the least tedious. The melodies on the album perhaps don't have the same hook that 'the man who' did, (which is endearing - trust me) but after one, two, or fourteen plays, the tunes keep coming back to you. The opening tracks are both emphatic, and harmonious and carry a strong message.
Fran's vocals are once again a wonder, and bring back positive memories of some of their best work on their previous albums. Quicksand is such a good track that you will have difficulty resisting the repeat button! I promise that the purchase of this album is both worthwhile and essential. Travis have moved in a new direction, and the transition has been smooth and brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great xmas treat
Excellent album, many happy memories brought back, real feel good music. Would recommend it to one and all, most definitely.
Published 7 months ago by Kerrin D Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Travis Albums
I have all of the Travis albums, and this is definitely one of my favourites.
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Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Eleanor F. Coffey
4.0 out of 5 stars Take me away
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Published on 1 Feb 2008 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
Look at Marketplace. As of now 101 new and used from 0.01. What more do I need to say? Except that I completely understand why they needed to make this album but having done that... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2007 by Numinous Ugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
I highly recommend this album to anyone who's a fan of the current moody indie-type music it's really good, I'd go so far as to say it's on par if not better than their previous... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2006 by Ms. L. Thacker
3.0 out of 5 stars Travis have still got it, but ...
Travis have still got the ability to churn out great honest rock tracks, but we just hope the will use it to greater affect next time. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2006 by Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
What can I say? Well although different in style to the previous albums released it is an excellent album. Reoffender is excellent, perfect to have on in the car.
Published on 29 Sep 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Travis - still album kings
Travis are still the band to beat as far as writting brilliant albums. 12 memories is another masterpiece. Read more
Published on 10 May 2004 by "nickskijnr"
4.0 out of 5 stars Travis - 12 Memories - Review by Greg Rose / fieldfareguru
I've always found Travis a bit wispy in the past but on 12 Memories theyhave toughened up musically and lyrically to produce what in my opinion iseasily their best album to... Read more
Published on 22 April 2004 by Greg Farefield-Rose
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
Now I used to really like Travis; they were a dirty little secret, the guys who sold out, but still kept a piece of your heart. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2004 by "sendmeuselesscrap"
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