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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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  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Dec 8, 2013
    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. Steve
    Apr 23, 2007
    One of the best albums ever! 4 years and it was absolutely worth the wait. Highlights include Selfish Jean, Closer, Big Chair, Colder... I could go on and on actually. Expand
  3. SayanB
    May 14, 2007
    The best album after The Man Who, surpassing The Invisible Band. But on consistency level, song-by-song, this album is even better than The Man Who. And seriously, that daft Guardian reviewer should be fired. The thing is, Travis will never reach the heights of fickle poularity of 1999 and 2001. They are a people's band. And their music is of that kind that haunts the mind for decades. Though I wish they could've done better if a few more songs could've been out of mid-tempo, but it's OK. When it comes to songwriting, Travis are the best songwriter after Beatles. Such emotion and heartfelt lyrics is hard to come by in today's music scene. Expand
  4. deegee
    Apr 27, 2007
    what a great band. welcome back!
  5. EddieG
    May 11, 2007
    This is definitely not news to me. Critics with no sense of feel for greatness when they hear it, dismissing a great album as middle of the road. It's happened many times before. This album is a departure from their previous albums but with a hint of what made The Man Who such a great album. Song craft. Travis is undeniably back with their best in years. Expand
  6. MattD.
    May 9, 2007
    Not a departure, but further growth of their signature sound. Not every song is brilliant, but most are beautiful. They show that Keane is just Travis-lite. BTW, the Guardian should spare us that useless review! Expand
  7. MatthewG
    May 8, 2007
    Honestly, on first listen... It's their worst album Some really great songs that'll fall under the guise of all time Travis classics, but the rest is tossable, very much like paperclips on 12 memories. Expand

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