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The Invisible Band

Travis Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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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 (11 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B00005K9N7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sing
2. Dear Diary
3. Side
4. Pipe Dreams
5. Flowers In The Window
6. The Cage
7. Safe
8. Follow The Light
9. Last Train
10. Afterglow
11. Indefinitely
12. The Humpty Dumpty Love Song

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The Invisible Band marks no major change in direction for Travis but this is no bad thing. That Travis are the most simplistic of the post-Radiohead groups may not sound like the heartiest of compliments but it undoubtedly accounts for their massive appeal. The Man Who became one of the most popular indie-rock records of the 1990s by virtue of its cheery accessibility and its way with a simple weather metaphor and judging by the lyric to "Side"--"The grass is always greener on the other side/The neighbour's got a new car that you wanna drive"--it's immediately obvious that come their third full-length album, Travis have twigged their fans are not waiting for a brave sonic crusade. Which doesn't matter a jot, because The Invisible Band is such a natural, instantly lovable and thoroughly unforced record, it seems thoroughly churlish to knock it. The opening "Sing" sounds like since their inception, all Travis have been missing is a banjo; the florid "Flowers In The Window" harks back to McCartney's finest Beatles compositions; and the synth-led "The Humpty Dumpty Love Song" lays Travis' sentimental heart bare. "I'd pray to God if there were heaven," sings Fran Healy on "Pipe Dreams", "But heaven sounds so very far from here..." And that's exactly why Travis are so popular; they're the humble down-to-earth boys from next door, still singing the simplest songs, still making the mundane sound beautiful. --Louis Pattison

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1. Sing 2. Dear Diary 3. Side 4. Pipe Dreams 5. Flowers In The Window 6. The Cage 7. Safe 8. Follow The Light 9. Last Train 10. Afterglow 11. Indefinitely 12. The Humpty Dumpty Love Song

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not underestimate this album 11 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
It must have been notoriously difficult for Travis to produce a follow-up to their massively successful "The Man Who" of 1999. Although this album repeated the feat of its predecessor by going straight in at no. 1 on the UK album chart, it did not win the admiration of nearly as many listeners, who seemed to believe that "The Invisible Band" housed songs of poorer quality than "The Man Who". This has distressed me greatly over the years, and I am eager to persuade you buyers otherwise.
Three Travis singles are included on this album, the most obvious standout being the classic "Sing". This superb track sets the sound for the remainder of the album, with its trademark Travis guitar lines and laid back, indie-tinged rock style. The other two singles are "Side", a fantastic rock fest that thoroughly deserved to break the UK Top 10 or even Top 5, but unfortunately only managed a no. 14 position, and "Flowers in the window", whose jaunty pace ensures that the listener's foot taps irresistibly until the closing stages of the song. Other tracks that follow a similar style to "Flowers in the window" are "Follow the light" and "Afterglow", both of which are rather lively and contain positive lyrics.
As ever, the lyrics in each of these songs are intelligent and true to life, and arguably lead singer Fran Healy's songwriting talents are displayed to their fullest on "The cage": "But then this bird just flew away, she was never meant to stay, oh to keep her caged would just delay the spring." This is one of my favourite tracks on this album, with its beautiful lyrics and lovely melody, sprinkled with simple, dreamy keyboard notes. There are, of course, the customary "depressing" Travis songs included here, which I prefer to think of as being brief moments of self-indulgence for Healy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Another classic has been released by one of the best bands around at the moment. I bought this album on the day it came out and was immediately impressed with the album as a whole. As a huge travis fan i would have to say that "The Man Who" is still the best. However, this album has some truly brilliant tracks. The first track "Sing" is a great opening track as it shows travis bringing in more experimenting into their music with the banjo over the top. Its a good opener because its happy and catchy, and makes you want to check out the rest of the album. Judging on musical merit, the best songs have to be "Afterglow", "Flowers In The Window", and "Indefinitely". My personal favourite track is "Flowers In The Window" because it has everyting needed to make a great rock song. All in all, its an album with the travis trademark and seal of excellence, and at the same time, a variety of effects and nw instruments have been incorporated showing that travis are progressing with every album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to follow up a multi-platininum album... 23 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Invisible Band was the follow up to The Man Who, an album that generated excitement to either side of the pond, and turned Travis, and more importantly Fran Healy, into one of the most recognised (though perhaps not on the street - the reason the album was named The Invisible Band was that no-one recognised them in person) bands in British rock today. The question on everyone's lips at 2001 was if Travis had shaken off the glitter and stars that had burdened them with the success of the previous album. And quite simply, they had.
The Invisible Band saw Travis use more of the banjo (however disgusting that may sound) in hit songs such as 'Sing' and 'Flowers in the Window'. These songs in no way reflect the album in style, as 'Side' proves to be one of the most thought provoking songs lyric-wise, and uses guitars softly and beautifully. As there is with every Indie's rock band, there is a hint of the piano in every song, including upbeats mentioned before. My personal favourite is 'The Cage', with its slightly mellow feel about a forlorn love lost, which has some tear jerking lyrics. Other songs show that Travis are willing to become a more upbeat band than previously thought.
Overall, there is a feeling that Travis have developed into a budding, comfortable band, that aren't afraid to do what they want, rather than the band that were horrifically afraid of failiure and shot out slightly sad and depressing songs. They know that they have a cushion if they fall now in rock music, and seem a little more happy about that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic because it is....Travis! 1 Jun 2002
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Format:Audio CD
'Sing', 'Side' and 'Last Train' are my absolute favourites on this album. When I first heard 'Sing', I was enthralled by the melody, but disappointed at the lack of lyrics. However, I then realised that this is the absolute beauty of the track; reiterative, one-line choruses only serve to reinforce.....so SING!!!! Because this is a happy, happy song!! 'Side' has a haunting melody and lyrics full of insight...it's a song that grips your soul. For those of you who've seen the Travis video 'Live in Glasgow', 'Last Train' will make sense. I found its lyrics rather disturbing at first, and though they are disturbing, can be viewed tongue-in-cheek also. All the songs are fantastic to listen to if you like Fran Healy's voice....and I looooove his voice; Fran's vocals have developed progressively with each album. No extra, unexpected track at the end though, which was the only thing that was disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRESENT
I BOUGHT THIS AS A PRESENT FOR MY BROTHER WHO WAS VERY IMPRESSED AS THIS ARRIVED THE NEXT DAY - EXCELLENT
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Moors
5.0 out of 5 stars Travis
You can't beat a bit of Travis, the best band ever, this album is my favourite of theirs, a classic for me.
Published 5 months ago by Ms Susanne Hunton
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH !! ALWFUL
I BOUGHT THIS CD ON THE STRENGTH OF THE SINGLE 'SING' BUT THE WHOLE ALBUM IS VERY BORING IT'S LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, I SHALL NOT BE BUYING ANYMORE TRAVIS CD'S THIS ONE IS GOING... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mitchy59
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background music
I chose this cd because I love Coldplay and had heard the music was similar. I would agree with that and liked it well enough.
Published 11 months ago by sue corfield
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as it gets
this was to replace an old copy. love the music and anyone who likes Travis should own a copy. arrived quickly
Published 14 months ago by kaz
1.0 out of 5 stars Better they were unheard than unseen.
Do you like ROCK?
Do you like GOOD MUSIC?

If so AVOID THIS! Avoid as if some bearded blokes with back-packs were walking towards you.
Published 15 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL "MUST HAVE" CD
That Cd is : smooth, plaisant, relaxant, make you feel cool, in harmony, happy. I just loved it to bits! Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by SB5
4.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible Band by Travis
I bought this to replace my original Invisible Band CD that got lost when my family moved house a few years ago. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars 'there is no wrong, there is no right, the circle only has one side'
It is possible to miss this gorgeous music or to dismiss it as something that sounds good but is not your thing. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by Deven Gadula
4.0 out of 5 stars Music from the heart...
Invisible band is what I like about Travis so much, they produce music which is just honest and straight from the heart. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2006 by Monkey
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