TRAVIS Singles (2004 UK 18-track compilation CD album featuring sixteen of their greatest hits including Why Does It Always Rain On Me? Driftwood Sing & The Beautiful Occupation plus Walking In The Sun and previously unreleased track The Distance [written and sung by Dougie] picture sleeve in a hype stickered jewel case ISOM46CD)
Over the last six years or so, Travis
have produced some fine pop songs, bringing great tunes back to the UK Top 40. And though not an innovative band nor a radical rock outfit, they have become the kings of the soft-rock-tinged pop song.
Middle of the road they may well be but, as these 17 ditties illustrate, they can sure get that toe tapping. With their sing-a-long melodies and their catchy hooks, it is little wonder that they have proved to be a refreshing alternative for the 25+ers to the bubble-gum pop of the kind that Robbie Williams makes. All the hits are here, from "Driftwood" (one of their first Top 40 successes) to the new offering (and new single) "Walking in the Sun". With this new recording, Travis have stuck to the same radio-friendly, laid-back, acoustic rock that has been extremely good to them over the years; and why not? The track is likely to become a summer festival favourite for the group, constantly being requested by crowds at Glastonbury or Reading. Such gems as "Flowers in the Window" and "Writing to Reach You" are also present, as a reminder of why the band have been so commercially successful. Long may Travis reign as kings of the soft-rock pop song. --Jamie Clark