12 Memories

12 Memories

by Travis
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12 Memories

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC: 0827969067222
catalogNumber: 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
Steve Orchard   Producer,Engineer
Travis   Producer
Joby Talbot   String Arrangements
Fran Healy   Composer

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!