12 Memories - Travis
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  • Summary: The fourth album from the Glaswegian rock band is their darkest to date.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Buttressing these sentiments (and singer Fran Healy's dewy voice) is just the type of production Travis needed: jarring guitar solos, zigzagging harmonies, snow-crunching percussion.
  2. [Travis have] set aside the drifting atmospherics iin favor of complex arrangements. [Dec 2003, p.154]
  3. Travis may have reached the kind heights where each new release is instantly dismissed by many as more disposable, daytime-radio fodder, but '12 Memories' is easily the best post-'Rush Of Blood…' soft-rock record there is.
  4. It's a compelling, if far from satisfying, album: the awkward work of a man confronting mortality, global meltdown and fractionally diminished success, but still terrified of appearing pretentious, still stuck with singalong tunes in his head.
  5. There are too many humdrum love ballads.
  6. Gone are the inspired melodies and sweet emotional turns of their past triumphant albums, replaced by boring philosophical musings and wafer-thin tunes.
  7. 40
    The tunes, for all their airiness, just won't stick. [Nov 2003, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. spencer
    Oct 1, 2005
    10
    By far the best Travis cd and better than anything Radiohead has ever done. It's not poppy and overly melodramatic as some of their By far the best Travis cd and better than anything Radiohead has ever done. It's not poppy and overly melodramatic as some of their others. The sound of a band progressing. Expand
  2. Max
    Oct 24, 2003
    9
    This album is a great album by Travis, the songs that stand out are Peace the fuck out and re-offender. The other voter hates music,
  3. May 10, 2013
    9
    travis is always great band!!!!!!!!!!! it's shame that they are not known like coldplay or radiohead but the actually they're of free bandstravis is always great band!!!!!!!!!!! it's shame that they are not known like coldplay or radiohead but the actually they're of free bands who prefer artistry rather than sales and fame.......... Expand
  4. Oliver
    Oct 22, 2003
    8
    it's moving, charming, sometimes dark, sometimes uplifting, and from the first until the last second simply a great record by a great band.
  5. stk
    Oct 25, 2003
    8
    travis r back...4real...i m glad 2 hear their beautiful songs again...
  6. matta
    Oct 5, 2005
    7
    Not quite as bad as the metascore would indicate, this third album from Travis still is the about the equal of Invisible Band, but very Not quite as bad as the metascore would indicate, this third album from Travis still is the about the equal of Invisible Band, but very inferior to The Man Who. THere is a handful of nice tracks though especially Quicksand, Peace the Fuck Out, Somewhere Else, and Love Will Come Through. Expand
  7. KR
    Oct 18, 2003
    2
    You may call 2 harsh, but not once you've heard this album. I could feel my insides cringing and only listened to the first two songs You may call 2 harsh, but not once you've heard this album. I could feel my insides cringing and only listened to the first two songs all the way through. As a Travis fan I'm incredibly diappointed; the CD is excruciatingly boring. Whereas I really enjoyed 'The Invisible Band', the music on their latest album could induce chronic stomach cramps, and even that is more fun than listening that tripe. Travis - What have you done?! Expand

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