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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for the Scottish four-piece includes production work from Nigel Godrich and Brian Eno.
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  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. 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.
  3. A good, albeit soft, Brit-pop CD, from a band that continues to mature.
  4. [They] have returned sounding pretty much exactly the same as they did three and a half years ago.
  5. While the first half of the record is promising, however, the band loses steam toward the end.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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. Expand
  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.......... Expand

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