Travistan

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2004
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9

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  1. 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 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 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. Expand
  2. 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.
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. Morrison's predictably intelligent solo debut puts personality where the Dismemberment Plan's synergy used to be.
  2. Spin
    75
    A collection of enigmatic indie-rock tunes. [Nov 2004, p.119]
  3. Travistan fails so bizarrely that it's hard to guess what Morrison wanted to accomplish in the first place.