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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for the Scottish four-piece includes production work from Nigel Godrich and Brian Eno.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Filter
    92
    The Boy With No Name instantly gets Travis back to the business of being Travis. [#25, p.102]
  2. A good, albeit soft, Brit-pop CD, from a band that continues to mature.
  3. 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.
  4. Uncut
    60
    Amiably lightweight. [Jun 2007, p.115]
  5. While the first half of the record is promising, however, the band loses steam toward the end.
  6. Sadly, the last third of this Boy sinks, but by then the damage is already done.
  7. 'The Boy With No Name' is everything you'd expect from a new Travis album and less.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    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 albumThis 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
    10
    One of the best albums ever! 4 years and it was absolutely worth the wait. Highlights include Selfish Jean, Closer, Big Chair, Colder... I 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
    10
    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 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. LukeM
    May 9, 2007
    9
    I thought this was a fine album. Personal favorites are Big Chair and My Eyes. Like earlier albums the tunes are mellow, interesting, and I thought this was a fine album. Personal favorites are Big Chair and My Eyes. Like earlier albums the tunes are mellow, interesting, and occasionally beautiful. 4 stars. Expand
  5. RonM
    May 11, 2007
    9
    Great song after great song. I think they are capable of being a bit more creative but here they follow a recipe they created and mastered Great song after great song. I think they are capable of being a bit more creative but here they follow a recipe they created and mastered and it works. How many bands do you listen to and go "boy, I wish they could sound like they used to" ? This album does sound like Travis of past almost to a fault but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Expand
  6. KevinG
    May 14, 2007
    8
    A very good return to form from Travis. This is a band that, like CAKE, is much better when they keep to their basic formula. I would say A very good return to form from Travis. This is a band that, like CAKE, is much better when they keep to their basic formula. I would say that this album is on par with The Invisible Band, if not better. Some of the lyrics are very bad (not EVERYTHING needs to rhyme, Fran!), and New Amsterdam is possibly the worst Travis song ever, but otherwise very sweet, catchy, and it shows once again why Travis influenced so many other UK bands. Expand
  7. MatthewG
    May 8, 2007
    5
    Honestly, on first listen... It's their worst album Some really great songs that'll fall under the guise of all time Travis 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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