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Has it's moments,
This review is from: The Invisible Band (Audio CD)Let's face it, Travis really aren't that much. People talk about their image, how they're nice guys, most accesible post-Radiohead group, catchy tunes with down to earth lyrics etc. etc. But the basic fact of the matter is that the songs that they write just don't stick around in your head long enough, and after a few plays you're bored of them. To be frank, Teenage Fanclub have been doing exactly their style for years, and they make a far better job of it.
What really annoys me though is that on all three of their albums so far there are flashes of real brilliance, songs of real beauty that stay in you're mind and still sound so fresh on that 50th play. The real higlights here are the very dark "Last Train", which contains easily the best lyrics on the album, and has an really interesting earie feel to it. "Humpty Dumpty love Song" contains the best use of strings since "Unfinished Sympathy" and when the drums kick in it really is a sublime moment, making a fantastic closing track in which you can clearly see Nigel "Radiohead" Godrich's hand. Sing and Side are such uplifting songs and ideal singles that it seems churlish to complain about their lack of longevity. But the rest of the album just feels so like filler, that it takes away from it all.
Combine the best bits of this, Good Feeling and The Man Who and you have an absolute classic. On there own though, they just don't hold the attention over the album.