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  • Summary: Produced with Michael Ilbert, the Scottish alternative rock band returns with its first studio release in five years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Where You Stand finds the quartet catching up with themselves and displaying real depth and maturity. [Sep 2013, p.108]
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    The worst thing you can say about anything on this record is that they’re solidly crafted, faultless songs.
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    75
    In the end, Where You Stand is both a compelling reintroduction to those who grew up (but may have lost touch) with Travis and comfort food for longtime fans.
  4. 70
    Where You Stand is a welcome, beautifully crafted and timeless return.
  5. The small print is that Travis are still doing what Travis have always done.
  6. Aug 16, 2013
    60
    It's nice. A bit boring. The melodies are likeably predictable, warm and gentle.
  7. Aug 22, 2013
    30
    Not quite dull enough to be entirely forgettable, Where You Stand plays it safe with middle-of-the-road everything.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    10
    Travis did it again! This album, although lacking a "big" hit, is overall a great Travis album! You would enjoy the album much more if you started listening to it from the first song to the end, instead of listening to the songs individually. Well done Travis! Expand
  2. Aug 29, 2013
    10
    just great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2014
    9
    Travis was never really a mainstream band. They had few world-known singles, but they never were that big band LLC. And they are quite fine with that. They are that quiet, introverted guy in every party that everybody knows of, whose wisdom is well-known, who has biggest influence in bringing all those people in the same room, but never got credit for it.
    Early in their age (as a band) they found their sound and that sound instigated forming of many bands. Like Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol... I read somewhere that they were Mumford & Sons long time before Mumford & Sons learned how to play an instrument. In that, sense of reinvention, they might be boring to regular listener -- because you heard it all before. But to a fan, like me, they will be that band I will always return to. Band that I will always love, which is responsible for my music taste and for pinch of nostalgia and melancholy in every playlist I made. Band I loved before I even knew music is so important to me.
    So where does "Where You Stand" stand? Before I graded it I decided to listen their complete discography and it sounds like all their records before, but grown-up. It is Travis at its core, essence but serious. Like that quiet, introverted guy has just finished college and it is great life in front of him. It is remarkably written, accompanied with amazing Travis-like tunes, songs are arranged in good order, and because all of it - it will not fail you. It will not change you life, either, at least right now. Where You Stand is an album whose value will be recognized later. An album that maybe won't increase Travis fan base, but it is made for fans.
    Like they sing in "Warning Sign" Don't let your heart run out on me - as if that would be possible?
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  4. Aug 28, 2013
    7
    Bog standard Travis fair here. Mellow pop stuff with dollops of self deprecating humour and a lot of heart. They are a band that's hard to hate. Welcome back Travis! Expand