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For much of their career, Travis have occupied a comfy middle ground between warm 'n' cuddly and softly trippy, with opaque lyrics to match. 12 Memories, however, captures the band -- particularly the missives drawn up by frontman Fran Healy -- in much sharper focus, something that Healy has, in interviews, attributed to the ways his own worldview has changed in the wake of 9/11. The vituperative "Peace the Fuck Out" is the sharpest track, rife with jibes at Tony Blair and George Bush and studded with unusually spiky guitar lines. "The Beautiful Occupation," while not quite as gnashing in sonic tenor, is just as laser-like in its targeting of governmental policies. The...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For much of their career, Travis have occupied a comfy middle ground between warm 'n' cuddly and softly trippy, with opaque lyrics to match. 12 Memories, however, captures the band -- particularly the missives drawn up by frontman Fran Healy -- in much sharper focus, something that Healy has, in interviews, attributed to the ways his own worldview has changed in the wake of 9/11. The vituperative "Peace the Fuck Out" is the sharpest track, rife with jibes at Tony Blair and George Bush and studded with unusually spiky guitar lines. "The Beautiful Occupation," while not quite as gnashing in sonic tenor, is just as laser-like in its targeting of governmental policies. The disc isn't entirely an about-face, though. Healy delves deeply -- albeit obliquely -- into more personal issues on songs like "Re-Offender," a swirling fog of minor chords and musings about domestic violence. And as per usual, he gives us a glimpse of the silver lining behind the musical clouds towards the disc's end, waxing spry and optimistic on "Love Will Come Through" and punctuating his mood with spare, bucolic piano on the album-closing "Walking Down the Hill." Once content to be, as one of their album titles put it, the Invisible Band, Travis finally seem ready to stand in the spotlight -- and on a soapbox, if need be.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
As much heat as the group received for The Invisible Band not matching the charm of The Man Who, Travis is still a good pop band. To imagine a world without them and their lovely and amusing songs would be a sad thing. In fact, their fourth album, 12 Memories, might never have been if drummer Neil Primrose hadn't survived a tragic dive while vacationing in France in summer 2002. Primrose sustained a spinal injury in a pool accident; thankfully the odds of a recovery were good, and Primrose went through surgery without any complications. 12 Memories is a dark reflection of that time, not to mention a heavy soundscape looking at violence as a whole that stems from a post-September 11th way of life. 12 Memories is their most mature, most explicit, and most somber album, and fans looking for Travis to resort back to the blazing riffs of "All I Wanna Do Is Rock" obviously didn't come of age with the band as they should have. The world's a fragile place, and Healy wants to talk about it. He's on his soapbox and instead of pointing a finger in disgust, he and Travis craft beautiful melodies that do just as much damage. From slagging off a media-obsessed America and its political regime on the jaunty, new wave-tinged "The Beautiful Occupation" to the soft piano-pounce of "How Many Hearts," 12 Memories flows without any preconceptions of what Travis released previously. They really don't care. What they care about is love and spreading it through song. Healy's look back at his mum's spousal abuse on "Re-Offender" finds Travis maintaining a sweet, basic rock sound and hitting you hard in the face. If you're able to appreciate the pleasure and point they bring as a whole, 12 Memories will be a fine listen. If you're hoping they took the Coldplay route, you're in the wrong place.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
[12 Memories is good news] for those who like a little substance in their balmy alt-pop. (B+)
Billboard - Susanne Ault
A perfect medium between high-concept Radiohead and pop-centric Coldplay.

[12 Memories is good news] for those who like a little substance in their balmy alt-pop. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 827969067222
  • Catalog Number: 90672

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Travis Primary Artist
Adrian Smith Viola
Susie Hug Background Vocals
Stephen Hussey Violin
Sara Wilson Cello
Joby Talbot Conductor
Catherine Browning Violin
Lucy Shaw Double Bass
Ian Burdge Cello
Red Dog Vocals
Ruth Williams Violin
Chris Worsey Cello
Richard George Violin
Natalia Bonner Violin
Giles Broadbent Violin
Gillon Cameron Violin
Reiad Chibah Viola
Darragh Morgan Violin
Millennia Strings Strings
Zoe Martlew Cello
Marcus Barcham Stevens Violin
Ralph Broadbent Violin
Frances Dewar Violin
Jenny King Violin
James Pullman Viola
Jenny Sacha Violin
Thomas Bowes Violin
Technical Credits
Tchad Blake Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Steve Orchard Producer, Engineer
Travis Producer
Joby Talbot String Arrangements
Fran Healy Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great album indeed

    This is a very addictive album that will be kept on repeat and not just at first listen, but each time I listen to it I have to listen to it at least twice! It's not an album to be played for "background music" - this album deserves so much more that. It deserves the listener's full attention and you won't be disappointed! Stand-out tracks for me include the mezmerizing "How Many Hearts", the attention-grabbing opener "Quicksand", and Walking Down the Hill followed by the sweet piano playing hidden track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brilliant!

    This is actually my first Travis album, after having heard a bit of their earlier music here and there. Oh, wow! My husband and I both love this so much! We have listened to it every day. Well worth the money if you like beautiful melodies and intelligent lyrics. Travis has done a wonderful thing in making this record. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally brill!

    I am a new Travis fan. I first saw them on TV performing live (MTV Europe Music Awards 2003). They are all very talented. I love Fran Healy's lyrics (not to mention him being quite the sex god). His lyrics made me aware of all the troubles people are going to. For an example, listen to 'The Beautiful Occupation.' Anyhow, I feel that I will be a fan for quite some time. Wizzo, mates!

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