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