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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in their career, Travis sounded like Oasis crossed with U2, and as the years rolled steadily on, they gradually replaced Oasis with Radiohead, without ditching that devotion U2. Travis may have cut out any of their overt rock influences, yet they retained the everyday, boys-next-door image that was so common in all the post-Britpop guitar bands, and that humility served them well on their 1999 sophomore effort, The Man Who, a commercial breakthrough that also established the soft, shimmering sound that was their signature. Unfortunately for them, not long after that album, they were eclipsed by Coldplay, another Radiohead-U2 fusion that managed to keep ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in their career, Travis sounded like Oasis crossed with U2, and as the years rolled steadily on, they gradually replaced Oasis with Radiohead, without ditching that devotion U2. Travis may have cut out any of their overt rock influences, yet they retained the everyday, boys-next-door image that was so common in all the post-Britpop guitar bands, and that humility served them well on their 1999 sophomore effort, The Man Who, a commercial breakthrough that also established the soft, shimmering sound that was their signature. Unfortunately for them, not long after that album, they were eclipsed by Coldplay, another Radiohead-U2 fusion that managed to keep some sense of majesty to their music, something that Travis, sensible lads that they are, seemed to studiously avoid. In the wake of that simultaneous success and eclipse, the group survived some professional and personal struggles, taking four years to record their fifth album, 2007's The Boy with No Name. Far from being a long-gestating leap forward, The Boy with No Name offers a comfortable, familiar Travis, but there is a slight, subtle difference: the band has truly embraced their modesty, settling into their gentleness. There's a mild, untroubling weariness to their performances here that suits them quite well; it deepens the music, makes their deliberate tempos resonate, it makes the quietness feel contemplative, it even makes the cleanliness of the production feel right, a reflection of their maturity. If the melodies don't really dig in, they nevertheless float sweetly, meshing into the overall fabric and feel of the album. If the music never quite soars, it never seems as if the band is struggling in vain to achieve take-off, either. For the first time since The Man Who, Travis doesn't seem to strive to achieve something, they just exist, and their music is better for it. They're still ordinary, almost painfully so, but they don't seem pedestrian, they seem to have weathered some ups and downs, channeling that experience into an album that has a slight, yet palpable, emotional resonance that their predecessors often lacked.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 886970796224
  • Catalog Number: 707962
  • Sales rank: 81,040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 3 Times and You Lose (4:14)
  2. 2 Selfish Jean (4:00)
  3. 3 Closer (4:00)
  4. 4 Big Chair (4:07)
  5. 5 Battleships (4:11)
  6. 6 Eyes Wide Open (2:59)
  7. 7 My Eyes (4:08)
  8. 8 One Night (4:00)
  9. 9 Under the Moonlight (4:00)
  10. 10 Out in Space (3:35)
  11. 11 Colder (4:06)
  12. 12 New Amsterdam (9:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Travis Primary Artist
Adrian Smith Viola
Sally Herbert Violin
John Metcalfe Viola
Lucy Wilkins Violin
Calina de la Mare Violin
Jeff Moore Violin
Sarah Clarke Clarinet
Ian Burdge Cello
Chris Worsey Cello
Louisa Aldridge Violin
Richard George Violin
Julia Stone Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner Violin
Reiad Chibah Viola
Darragh Morgan Violin
Zoe Martlew Cello
Jonathan Hill Violin
KT Tunstall Background Vocals
Rachel Robson Viola
Rick Koster Violin
Oliver Langford Viola
Technical Credits
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Steve Orchard Producer, Engineer
Mike Hedges Producer, Engineer
Nigel Godrich Producer, Engineer
Joby Talbot String Arrangements
Matthieu Clouard Engineer
Emery Dobyns Engineer
Tappin Gofton Art Direction
George Tandero Producer, Engineer
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