12 Memories - Travis
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  • Summary: The fourth album from the Glaswegian rock band is their darkest to date.
Score distribution:
  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 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.
  3. 80
    A clear rejuvenation, the occasional triteness that softened earlier work largely absent from these close-woven songs. [Nov 2003, p.125]
  4. This pretty diffidence, coupled with the fact the loss of producer Nigel Godrich and his sexifying sheen, makes Travis's fourth album feel small and woebegone.
  5. If you're able to appreciate the pleasure and point they bring as a whole, 12 Memories will be an fine listen. If you're hoping they took the Coldplay route, you're in the wrong place.
  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. Melodic without being vibrant or actually that pretty, these are songs that seem to sink into themselves. [Nov 2003, p.123]

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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 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 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 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 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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