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  • Summary: The follow-up to 2000's hit 'The Man Who,' 'Invisible Band' contains similar-sounding guitar pop from the Scottish rockers. The album was produced by Nigel Godrich, who worked with Radiohead on 'Kid A' and 'OK Computer.'
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
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  1. A gorgeous mosaic of shimmering guitar pop that caresses the eardrums like fine chenille.
  2. 80
    It's a mellow, meditative and mid-paced work... TIB is still a strong record, which fans will grow to enjoy immensely. [Jul 2001, p.94]
  3. While the wheel remains un-reinvented, The Invisible Band finds its mark with unerring accuracy.
  4. As smooth and comforting as an afternoon on an old leather sofa that fits you like your own skin.
  5. The tracks here are supported by a fuller sound and more complex arrangements than on either of Travis' first two albums.... They're all competently played, but never really inspiring.
  6. Creatively however, it's not moved forward from 'The Man Who' enough to convince those of us who were already getting bored with the setlist at Glastonbury last year.
  7. 40
    Travis' knack for making saccharine songs is both a blessing and a curse; one doesn't know whether to feel the love or scream bloody murder.

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  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 6, 2002
    10
    I just LOVE this album!!The Cage and Flowers In The Window are sooooo good!!and no need to talk about side...
  2. andybag
    Jan 28, 2002
    10
    Side says it all...
  3. Jan 17, 2012
    10
    It's just as good as 'The Man Who'. Travis surely know the magic and the art of crafting the sweet, melancholic music that's very delicate and heavenly. The album can't be listened in one go because all the songs are equally attractive. The best catch in the album is 'Side'. 'Flowers in the Window', 'Pipe Dreams, 'The Humpty Dumpty Love Song' and 'Sing' - all are equally close to being second. Expand
  4. xxxxxx
    Apr 7, 2002
    10
    too COOL !!!!
  5. tonyb
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    brilliant. fantastic, amazing.
  6. DDDD
    Apr 3, 2007
    10
    I can't understand. Why some critic must be always so overlooking, consider their forecast and hopes as what shall, or better MUST, happen? This album is simply fantastic. Expand
  7. PatrickB.
    Jul 7, 2001
    8
    This is a fantastic CD for fans of melodic, literate alternative pop. In particular, "The Humpty Dumpty Love Song" is a mini-masterpiece. It will give you goosebumps. Expand

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