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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
12 Memories
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on 18 October 2003
'The man who' has sold 8 platinum and 'the invisible band' has sold 4 platium. It's always hard to do a good follow-up especially after you have had massive success. However, because of Neil's accident, Travis had two years of rest during which Fran has come up with 12 brilliant memories. He has proved that he can do better.
The old formula has been wiped out. A more upbeat approach is used in certain songs. One can see the come back of the feeling of their debut 'good feeling'. Having said that, the lyrics has become gloomy. Yup, no more flowers. As everyone has seen, their first single 're-offender' has critised the problem of domestic violence. Although it might not be everyone's cup of tea, their political point view might not be agreed by everyone, but the memorable melody is definitely appealling to everyone.
If you are looking for 'why does it always rain on me' second, I am sorry, '12 memories' is not for you. If you are looking for an album seeing Travis exploring a more mature side, '12 memories' is definitely the choice to complete your CD collection. You will find 12 songs in different styles expressing different opinions which are worthwide to think about.
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on 18 October 2003
'The man who' has sold 8 platinum and 'the invisible band' has sold 4 platium. It's always hard to do a good follow-up especially after you have had massive success. However, because of Neil's accident, Travis had two years of rest during which Fran has come up with 12 brilliant memories. He has proved that he can do better.
The old formula has been wiped out. A more upbeat approach is used in certain songs. One can see the come back of the feeling of their debut 'good feeling'. Having said that, the lyrics has become gloomy. Yup, no more flowers. As everyone has seen, their first single 're-offender' has critised the problem of domestic violence. Although it might not be everyone's cup of tea, they have much more to offer. The highlight should go to 'peace the f**k out' in which the f-word first appears from their album. Their political point view might not be agreed by everyone, but the memorable melody is definitely appealling to everyone.
If you are looking for 'why does it always rain on me' second, I am sorry, '12 memories' is not for you. If you are looking for an album seeing Travis exploring a more mature side, '12 memories' is definitely the choice to complete your CD collection. You will find 12 songs in different styles expressing different opinions which are worthwide to think about.
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on 21 October 2003
If you purchased "The Man Who" back in '99..before the hordes took Travis forcibly into the Ikea furnished..souless world of Dido and David Gray, this is the flipside..the older wise companion piece..the sequel.
Inbetween 2001's "The Invisible Band" was a freewheel FM radio staple, some great singles,lots of filler.
"12 Memories" is a masterpiece..Fran and the lads are older,wiser and ever so slightly more bitter..or Fran is anyway as he is the songwriter.While hardly varied this album has more contrasts than the last two..the slower,melodius moments mix with some raucous guitars and some political anger. "The Beautiful Occupation" seems to criticize the US/UK war-mongering and after the bombing of Serbia and the pointless Gulf War 2 the lyrics seem very poignant.
Forget any reviews saying this is a "difficult" album to like..this is Travis...they have only slightly strayed off the acoustic-lite trail but this is an album for the 26-36 yr olds..as life starts to look less promising maybe.....
"12 Memories" is almost like a discordant music box of ups and downs..tidied into musical shape by Frans voice and the solid instrumenation of Glasgow's finest.
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on 26 October 2003
How could Travis follow up The Invisible Band. Surely that album was just too good to be bettered. Surely tracks such as Follow the Light, Flowers in the Window, Sing and Side were classics and couldn't be repeated. WRONG - Travis change tact and go for a darker, moodier, reflective approach and it works brilliantly. This album cannot be compared to their previous work although in my opinion some of the tracks come across in a style akin to that on Good Feeling.
There are 3 singles on this album, The Beautiful Occupation, Re-offender and Love will Come Through which are all excellent and accompanied by stand out songs such as Quicksand (the opening song) and Somewhere Else.
However, this album needs listening to. It may not be your favourite after first listen but I've had it a week now and won't take it out the CD player.
Perhaps given the events in the last year affecting the band they want to get back to their inner feelings and record 12 memories of life and love, in my opinion they've done this and more. Coldplay may have stolen their crown temporarily but the new kings are back and won't be dislodged that easily. All I wanna do is ROCK.
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on 2 December 2003
The last album "The Invisible Band" was great, but a little too poppy. Now they have realeased a real indie cd. And an amazing cd at that, from "quicksand" to "walking down the hill", there are new original, but catchy melodies. And hidden behind the wicked melodies are meaningful lyrics. Your missing out if you don't buy this. Best travis album yet. They have done Scotland Proud, once again.Go Travis!!!
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on 10 May 2004
Travis are still the band to beat as far as writting brilliant albums. 12 memories is another masterpiece. After huge albums like 'The Man Who' and 'The Invisible Band' it is always had to keep that record of fantasic albums up. But in the 2years that Fran and the rest of the band ad to write this album, they created another superb piece of art music.
To the music itself, the songs are superb. A lot different to the previous album, 'The Invisible Band'. This album is a lot heavier to terms of guitar solos and stuff. Quite rocky unlike the previous indie tone, but still executed superbly.
Great lyrics, great riffs, great layout, not a band song on it. The best I brought in 2003 without a doubt.
Travis fans, this is a necessity.
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on 15 October 2003
Only four stars? Well, "The Invisible Band" was is for me as near perfect as any album can ever be (I can never understand the "bland" label some music snobs throw at Travis).
"12 Memories" is taking me time to figure out. From the album artwork down to the production, this is very dark and at times difficult to listen to (a bit like "Brave" by Marillion - check it out). Fran Healy's voice shines as ever and the songs have variety but the whole album seems to be bathed in a rather melancholic gloom that is hard to adjust to - which of course could be its genius.
I think this is more of a slow burner rather than the more immediate and accesable "The Man Who..." and "The Invisible Band".
Maybe - I'm still undecided...
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on 6 June 2006
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 album The Invisible Band though it is a tad more maudlin with very few up beat tracks than in the previous two albums. Still there are some really good songs perfect for chilling on a sunday morning or late on a night with your mates. Particularly the tracks Quicksand, The Beautiful Occupation, Love will Come Through and Walking Down The Hill - the sound is smooth, mellow yet also memorable enough to have you humming long after the music has ended - that's my excuse anyway hehe.
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on 17 October 2003
Travis hit a different kind of note in this their fourth album but at first listen it has the capacity to surpass The Man Who. Re-Offender is a brilliant track as is The Beautiful Occupation. The melancholic 'Love will come Through' has a vietnam ring to it and to continue the metaphoric war, Peace the F*** Out, Fran Healy's anit-war rant, adds a little perspective.
This album should help Travis shed their unwanted 'bland pop' label which personally, I've always found to be harsh and innacurate. Healy's voice has lost none of its passion and this is perhaps most evident in my favourite of the collection 'Happy to Hang Around' - a catchy pop tune with a twist.
The hidden track is another gem but all in all this is perhaps the most rounded and complete lp of the Scottish band's collection, ironic considering it has been rushed into production following an horrific injury to the drummer. I hope this album does as well as the critics suggest - it is a must for any music fan.
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on 19 October 2003
this album is amazing and well worth everyones time!
the strings and piano (espically on quicksand) give a great feel to the songs which is not common amoung bands these days
a self prouduced album with songs that are moving, challenging and above all intresting and amazing!!!
buy it now!
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