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It pays to smile,
This review is from: Good Feeling (Audio CD)
Travis, for most people, began with The Man Who. Radiohead comparisons sprouted left right and centre, people droned on about how repetetive the band were... and yet nobody seemed to pay much attention to the band's debut (superior) album.
Good Feeling delivers its namesake. It's NOT the Travis you may be familiar with, with none of the folk inklings of Invisible Band and hardly any of the groaning lows of The Man Who. It's a lot of knees up, tongue-in-cheek lad rock, boasting no-nonsense tunes like All I Wanna Do Is Rock, U16 Girls and Tied To The 90s. Fran Healy has some fun lyrics here, and yells his head off in the louder parts of the album... something he's never seen to do in the later, quieter two albums.
Why the band chose to break with this selection of ideas and go for the Radiohead approach is beyond me, as I'd much rather listen to something like Tied To The 90's than Slide Show. Not to say there's anything bad about Travis doing quiet, sweet songs - they're good at ballads so why complain. It's just people who bought further albums based on this were probably disappointed, sorely missing delirious strumalongs like Happy, and overloaded with a few too many More Than Us's per album.
This is unmissable stuff for fans, and probably a nice diversion for most people. My favourite moment is Funny Thing, which successfully blends both Travis styles... and should their fourth album come out any time soon, I'm personally hoping it takes a step or two back in this more promising direction.