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  • Summary: The sixth album for the Scottish rock band was produced by Emery Dobyns.
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  1. Apparently the band's sixth studio album is their first to be written from electric guitar since their debut Good Feeling, and this shows strongly in the end result.
  2. This is the grittiest album the band has yet put out.
  3. Consider it, then, an ode to what listeners liked about Travis in the first place.
  4. These punchy guitars help Ode To J Smith avoid falling into the diluted space that Travis has been increasingly slipping into with each consecutive album. [Winter 2008]
  5. Where that Travis pointed a way out of Britpop, this one seeks the comfort of how guitar bands sounded before then, the bristling energy recalling early REM, the Chills and even occasionally Nirvana.
  6. In stepping out of their comfort zone and trading in their previous identity, it seems Travis haven't yet decided who or what they now want to be. [Oct 2008, p.144]
  7. Ode To J. Smith is the sound of a band too boxed-in to do the hooky melancholy it used to do so well, but too neutered to really rock out.

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  1. May 10, 2013
    10
    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