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  • Audio CD (May 8 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000O77SKY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. 3 Times And You Lose
2. Selfish Jean
3. Closer
4. Big Chair
5. Battleships
6. Eyes Wide Open
7. My Eyes
8. One Night
9. Under The Moonlight
10. Out In Space
11. Colder
12. New Amsterdam
13. Sailing Away

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Vinyl LP pressing of Travis's 2007 album. The fifth album overall by these Scottish Pop/Rockers is their most consistent release to date and is overflowing with great melodies and dynamic musical twists and turns. 12 tracks including the first single 'Closer'. Sony.

Travis seemingly disappeared after the arguably forgettable 12 Memories but the sound of the Scottish group's daydream-pretty guitar rock endured thanks to Keane, Snow Patrol, and especially Coldplay. More than three years later, Travis is playing catch-up with their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name. Predictably, it's a well-crafted affair, bursting to life with tunes that celebrate life's minor victories such as "Closer," "Battleships," and "My Eyes." But as a comeback effort it feels flawed, let down by both melodies that disappear into the ether as quickly as they come out of the speakers ("One Night," "3 Times You Lose") and those that clumsily attempt to tweak the formula ("Eyes Wide Open," "Selfish Jean"). --Aidin Vaziri

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 7 2007
Format: Audio CD
Travis are not known for their cheerfulness, but they sound a bit happier this time around. This gentle Glaswegian band spins more melancholy Britpop tunes in "The Boy With No Name," with a general feeling of being more upbeat and musically together than in their last album.

"I had a nightmare/I lived in a little town/where little dreams were broken/and words were seldom spoken," Fran Healy sings in a slightly off-key voice, over soft murmuring guitars. But they rapidly pick up into an increasingly vibrant sound, despite the bittersweetness of the song.

The songs that follow are a similar mix of vibrant Britpop and melancholy lyrics -- the gentle, uncertain ripple of "Big Chair," the grimy stomp of "Eyes Wide Open," the keyboard shimmerpop, a rattly stomp that evolves into a tight pop tune, mellow little guitar ballads, and even a song with an Arcade Fire flair to it.

Yeah, it sounds quite dark and melancholy, especially in the lyrics. But surprisingly Travis sound much peppier in "Boy With No Name," compared to their last album. There's a new passion in Healy's voice, and they sound like they're pouring lots of energy into the instrumentation.

It's also quite nice that they haven't radically changed their sound as many bands do; they sound essentially the same in "Boy With No Name" as they have before. The ringing, gentle guitars, shimmery keyboard, gentle piano and solid drums are still solidly in place, though with renewed enthusiasm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By music4yourears on May 11 2007
Format: Audio CD
After the safety first approach of a singles compilation as their fourth album, Travis have gone full pelt for their fifth - with another stripped-down soul-barer in the mould of their 1999 classic, "The Man Who".

Now that is risk taking.

Already, the likes of Coldplay and Keane have bottled and, indeed, tweaked the original Travis formula to a point where success in the fickle world of pop is virtually guranteed.

For Travis, the new record, "The Boy With No Name", follows a similar path, ironically first laid down by the talented Scots nearly a decade ago.

The question is will pop be big enough for the three of them?

Travis with lead singer Fran Healey in fine fettle are certainly making a determined stab of it.

Like "The Man Who", "The Boy With No Name" is a collection of songs as tuneful as they are emotional.

And in "Big Chair", "Battleships" and "Eyes Wide Open" they have killer tracks that match "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" and "Driftwood" in the quality stakes.

There's a real warmth to the material particularly on the moving "My Eyes", written the day Healey found out he was going to be a dad.

In the past Travis have had the tag 'gloomy' thrown at them - "The Boy With No Name" is anything but.

On the contrary, there are no whiny moments.

Instead this album radiates feel good beautifully crafted songs that will lodge in the memory.

"The Boy With No Name" is a wonderfully charming record that hopefully will see Travis regain their acoustic rock crown.

You will love it!
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By Lyly-Moi on Sept. 28 2010
Format: Audio CD
After almost 1 year of searching this CD through music stores in the Montreal, Qc area. I found this great CD on Amazon. I was a bit nervous as it was the first time I bought an item on the net. Plus add the fact I really wanted this CD. I love it!! Lots of "feel good" songs which I appreciate alot from this band. Now I can claim I own all their CDs and "The Boy with no Name" is one of their best. Can't help smiling when I hear "My eyes" and "Closer". Great riffs and as usual the lyrics just get to me some how. If a real Travis fan, get your hands on it. No regret at all. Cheers! Lyly-Moi
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Format: Audio CD
It's just a horrible album. I've purchased every album since the start, and although 12 memories was a let-down, The Boy With No Name should have come with an apology alongside the thank-you's

There isn't a catchy song amongst the bunch, and the lead guitar player must be in perpetual pergatory until Fran and the boys let him plug-in again.

I loved the melancholy-laden The Man Who, but this has become a watered-down Travis-by-Numbers
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Back to form May 14 2007
By K. Gray - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After the dark, protest-song side trip that was 12 Memories, Travis have returned to what they do best (and did FIRST, long before Coldplay, Starsailor, or any other). This album sits very nicely next to The Man Who and The Invisible Band, and while it doesn't reach the brilliance of the former, it most certainly is equal to or better than the latter. There are bittersweet lyrics, happy jangly guitars, and even some violin here and there in the songs, and the textures work very well. These guys are decent musicians.

As in albums past, Fran's lyrics remain in "forced rhyme" mode, which can occasionally grate on the ears, and sometimes just plain don't make sense ("I wake up to find you lying awake with your hands in your head..." Eww!), but most of the time they work. I also like some of more experimental sounds Travis pursues (experimental for Travis, anyway), especially the bass-driven song, Big Chair. Unfortunately, this album also contains what is arguably the WORST Travis song ever, New Amsterdam. There is a hidden song called Sailing that makes up for this misstep, however.

I find Travis to be a band that, like CAKE or some others bands, sounds best when they stick to their time-tested formula. Some bands need to rework their sounds from album to album to keep it interesting for themselves and others (Radiohead, to name one), but Travis has a pop-perfect sound that is utterly timeless. Why mess with it?
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Intimate!!! May 8 2007
By Nse Ette - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Travis return with their brand of melodic but melancholic rock, and that choir boy voice, aped since by fellow Brits Coldplay and Keane.

Titled after lead singer Fran Healey's son who was nameless for a while after being born recently, "The boy who had no name" opens with the downbeat Simon & Garfunkel-like "3 times and you lose", followed by the upbeat Motown-like "Selfish Jean".

Lead off single "Closer" is a rather dreamy, melancholic tune, with superb, echoing vocal effects.

Other standouts are "Big chair", the sweeping "Eyes wide open" (with edgy guitars), the touching "My eyes" (which seems to be about Healey's son), the ballads "One night" (pretty and jangly), "Out in space" (complete with alien-like effects), and the woozy "Colder". "Under the moonlight" features KT Tunstall.

Tight harmonies, beautiful guitar and piano work, and personal lyrics, just what we've come to expect from Travis!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
best since "the man who"? May 17 2007
By D. balis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
i remember touring in england when i saw a TV spot for this new record form travis called "the man who"...the next day i went to the virgin magastore in picadilly circus to buy it, but it was the equivalent of about 30 bucks US. i declined purchase thinking i would pick it up in the states when i got home for about half that. not realizing it was in import-only, i spent the next year trying to but it online or illegally download songs from the internet. i finally got it when it was officially released in the states and thought it was just majestic. lush english soundscapes, U2esque guitarwork, and fran's unique almost operatic voice; the album was strong from start to finish and really (to me) painted a landscape of what scotland and england actually felt like in the late 90's.

"the invisible band" came next, and this is where i felt travis started to really get cheesy. granted, they're not that impressive lyrically to begin with, but i can accept a semi-sappy love song if it's packaged in a way that travis was genius at to begin with. (btw, "good feeling" was a great freshman effort for a young UK band. nothing really unique, but showed some promise. i never listen to this record now.) but with "sing" i wanted to distance. the saving grace of this record was in the latter part. it got really dark and really smart with the almost-trilogy of "last train", "afterglow", and "indefinitely". it was a perfect balance of the 3 minute simple britpop song and foreshadowing of something a bit more progressive. to me it saved the record. they should have stopped there.

it was gonna take me being blown away by travis to really consider them one of my favorite bands again with their next release. i just couldn't get my head around "12 memories". maybe i had outgrown them. but i think it was equally as phony and trite lyically (if not more) than anything on "invisible". i felt is was overly ambitious and lacked real melody and catchiness. it didn't take long for me to dismiss this album as a whole.

so i was really interested to see what they were going to do with 3 years off. i didn't even realize they were coming up with a new record until a couple of weeks beforehand, as they were so far off my radar screen. "the boy with no name" arrived last week and i've listened to it about four times. it seems they are back with some of the signature soundscapes that made them unique on the "man who" and alot of the melodies are really catchy. i like the chick background singers on a couple of the tracks. "selfish jean" has that stupid tired ragtime beat that has been rammed down throats by the likes of the strokes, jet, petty, iggy pop, you name it...could have done without that. eye's wide open falls a bit flat as an experiment as well. but the rest of the record seems like vintage travis. the lyrics this time around? after first listen, i told my buddy: "sounds like fran is really in love." they are very sappy. but that's cool. the single "closer" is about as light-love-rock as it gets, but since when has travis been known for their edge in the studio? this album is a wonderful step in the right direction. my advice to them would be this: keep it simple and dance with the one that brought you. it's when you're at your best.

i just don't think they are talented enough to try and reinvent themselves, and i think they might have realized that on this album.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
One of Better Travis Albums May 12 2007
By Davis Roth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Travis Fan since 'The Man Who'. I actually liked 12 memories, but understood that it was far too dark for most people.

Thankfully, this album is upbeat and has a ton of GOOD songs.

Battleships, Big Chair, Closer, and My Eyes could get plenty of airtime. Check out the bonus song at about 5:50 on the last track -- it's terrific!

If you've liked Travis in the past, this album will *NOT* disappoint.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Welcome In. Welcome In. Shame About The Weather. June 1 2007
By Jason Stein - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well I've read the other reviews and comments here, and I have nothing new to add. I like Travis, but they repeat themselves each album. I, too, would like to see a more drastic change, but at the same time it doesn't matter because Travis fill a niche in my cd collection. They DO sound like Radiohead, Coldplay and in some ways The Verve. I don't think they copied Radiohead or The Verve, nor do I think Coldplay stole from Travis or Radiohead. I like all of these bands for the same reason: they sound alike, and I might now add Snow Patrol to this as well.

This is Travis's fifth studio album in ten years. I think it has seven good songs: "Selfish Jean", "Closer", "Big Chair", "Battleships", "Eyes Wide Open", "My Eyes" and "New Amsterdam". That leaves six average tracks including the hidden track which I will call "Sailing Away". This is typical, in my not-so-humble opinion, of a Travis album. Good melodies, good lyrics, nice, soothing mood music that I think actually began with The Byrds. Travis have always had this 60's vibe to their harmonies which I like.

So what to recommend for a Travis fan? Buy it, don't buy it, do what you will. It doesn't matter to me. I bought it, I liked it, I own all five of their albums, so take that for what it's worth. I didn't think it was fantastic, nor did I think it was the best album by the band. It was just good.