Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 92
    The Boy With No Name instantly gets Travis back to the business of being Travis. [#25, p.102]
  2. Travis has taken the last four years to square their sunnier sound with their darker one. The Boy With No Name pulls this off without seeming overly planned or calculated. [#17, p.87]
  3. A good, albeit soft, Brit-pop CD, from a band that continues to mature.
  4. Healy is back to penning unabashed, sparkling pop gems.
  5. The Boy With No Name has a handful of absolute crackers, proving that Travis are still capable of penning a tune that wraps its tendrils around your ears and won’t let go until at least four minutes have passed.
  6. The loose vibe works, but unlike "sing," humming along won't come naturally. [18 May 2007, p.66]
  7. The boys deliver the same sort of agreeable Britpop they've made their name on, wisely realizing that ambition's really not for everyone.
  8. 60
    [Their] first [album] to sound authentically beaten up. [Jun 2007, p.101]
  9. 60
    Amiably lightweight. [Jun 2007, p.115]
  10. Overall, The Boy With No Name has just enough personality to remind imitators like Coldplay and Keane from whence they came. [Jun 2007, p.151]
  11. [They] have returned sounding pretty much exactly the same as they did three and a half years ago.
  12. The disappointing moments are fleeting, as Travis has figured out that the niche they created for themselves eight years ago is a comfy one, a sound which, inoffensive and safe as it may be, suits the band perfectly.
  13. While the first half of the record is promising, however, the band loses steam toward the end.
  14. There are no surprises or unexpected turns and the overall dearth of spontaneity ensures an empty and shallow experience.
  15. Occasionally they attempt to rise above their signature light Brit-pop sound with slightly heavier tunes like "My Eyes Wide Open," but it comes off as forced.
  16. The band may have paved the way for the likes of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, but they still haven't found their "Clocks" or "Chasing Cars."
  17. Sadly, the last third of this Boy sinks, but by then the damage is already done.
  18. For a band with such a legacy, and a pre-millennium back catalogue to die for, this record feels hollow and uninspiring.
  19. 'The Boy With No Name' is everything you'd expect from a new Travis album and less.
  20. There are plenty more wishy-washy guitar tunes present like the drippy, tambourine laced Battleships, the wheezing Out in Space and the sub-danger of Eyes Wide Open; all riddled with Fran Healy's girlish croon. Spare us.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    This is crazy... I did not like Travis till this album, for my taste as a musician that I am, they were good... but depressing. This album comes, (except for the first song), in a happy, optimistic, well played and inspired way. For all that say that it sounds like classic Travis believe me, it doesn't. Good mood pretty much go from Selfish Jean to New Amsterdam, they are (thank god) downs too in this album, but it is pretty much very fun to listen to. If you like the depressing part of Travis this is probably not the album for you. Now I can look back and listen to the "old" stuff and love it too, pretty much I understand the sad part of Travis in an artistic way. Full Review »
  2. 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.......... Full Review »
  3. AmurabiM.
    Apr 10, 2008
    5
    This is just what we expect from Travis: supermarket music. The kind of boring, sweet, melodious and sometimes desperating songs of love and alienation. No more and no less. Full Review »