Travistan - Travis Morrison
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. A rewarding art-pop risk. [Dec 2004, p.148]
  2. Morrison's predictably intelligent solo debut puts personality where the Dismemberment Plan's synergy used to be.
  3. 75
    A collection of enigmatic indie-rock tunes. [Nov 2004, p.119]
  4. Travistan is odd but oddly listenable, with a bright mood sparked by Morrison's spirit of discovery.
  5. Morrison is challenging expectations and listeners by stretching his musical boundaries and defying people to come along for the ride through close listening.
  6. After hearing the crap people have said about this album I’m bummed that people are so quick to reject what doesn’t fit their immediate logic. It’s ironic that folks would get off on shredding an album that’s about trying to be kind and honest at the same time.
  7. 60
    At worst, the wordy Travistan borders on hectoring... At his danceable best, Morrison ingeniously manifests his big concepts and even bigger heart. [Nov 2004, p.138]
  8. The album feels half baked, as though Morrison isn't quite sure which direction to take his nascent solo career.
  9. Instead of in-your-face intricacy and complex rhythms, Travistan displays a much more restrained complexity that doesn't jump up and down for attention; and replacing the innovative vocal lines are cloying melodies that never seem to end.
  10. The problem most people are going to make is taking the record too seriously, but even recognizing it as being overly tongue-in-cheek won't save it from being, at very best, painfully frustrating.
  11. This is just an awful display of gratuitous self-indulgence.
  12. Travistan fails so bizarrely that it's hard to guess what Morrison wanted to accomplish in the first place.
  13. There should be a new section in record stores for that god-awful Sgt. Pepper movie, Joe Pesci's Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You, Jewel's book of poetry, and Travistan.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 27, 2011
    4
    A quite boring album, many of the tracks don't have much of a feel. The tracks 'Change' and 'Born in '72' are obvious highlights compared to the rest.
  2. MikeT
    Oct 14, 2004
    7
    The problem with these reviews is that this is Travis Morrison, not The Dismemberment Plan. If you're expecting Dismemberment Plan, The problem with these reviews is that this is Travis Morrison, not The Dismemberment Plan. If you're expecting Dismemberment Plan, you've already ruined his album for yourself. However, it is true that this album isn't quite like anything he had done while with the Plan. It's never quite as energetic, and like mentioned, it has a lack of his frantic vocals. This by far is not a disaster of any sort. It's actually quite listenable. Don't let the bad reviews ruin it for you. Full Review »
  3. StevenM
    Oct 7, 2004
    5
    It's not that the album is a disaster... It's just that when I listen to every single one of the albums The Dismemberment Plan It's not that the album is a disaster... It's just that when I listen to every single one of the albums The Dismemberment Plan released (aside from the remix traincrash), you can't believe that these songs were of a high enough quality to warrant Travis Morrison's first solo album where he obviously had a lot to prove. However, the album is not a complete disaster. If this was made by some unknown, I'd probably quite like this album, in a disposable way. The Word Cop and the bonus track are both great tracks that I enjoy listening to. The biggest thing that I find hard to swallow with this new, reflective Morrison is the lack of frantic vocals that go places you never thought they would. Change was the album Morrison introduced his new laid-back approach, but the album contained song after song of such high quality that you barely noticed it. After leaving Chisel, Ted Leo released his own traincrash "tej leo / Rx, pharmacists" that probably rattled the fanbase he had created with the band. Fast forward a few years and Ted has found his own sound that tips its hat to Chisel still whilst also having his identity stamped over it. tej was probably the catalyst that shook Ted up and made him the musician responsible for the trio of masterpieces "Tyranny Of Distance", "Hearts Of Oak" and "Shake The Sheets". I remain optimistic, that in its quirky, sugary way, Travistan is Travis's tej. Full Review »