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Boy W/No Name

Travis Audio CD
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1. 3 Times And You Lose
2. Selfish Jean
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6. Eyes Wide Open
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8. One Night
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10. Out In Space
11. Colder
12. New Amsterdam
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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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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When I see you, I know it will be next to me May 7 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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.

But they've come up with some new flourishes to keep it from sounding like the same ol' same ol' -- a fuzzy intro, a clattery intro to "Selfish Jean," and a brilliantly epic mass of rippling keyboard and swirling guitars in "Colder," which takes Britpop to a new level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and emotional. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply love it! 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Glory Remains Lost Oct. 31 2008
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to form May 14 2007
By K. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate!!! May 8 2007
By Nse Ette - Published on Amazon.com
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!!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Better Travis Albums May 12 2007
By Davis Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always surprised! May 12 2007
By Robin Simpson Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Travis always puts out quality music and I'm always surprised at how they can top their last album! They keep pumping out better and better music. Easy to listen to - easy to sing along to - and so entertaining. Just saw their video to "Closer" - that was GREAT! Thanks for continuing to entertain!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon review missed the spot May 8 2007
By Lis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Amazon review is incorrect. This album rocks. The band's orginal sound is still there but with a fresher sound. Every track hooks you the first few seconds into the song. Buy it if you are a true Travis fan!
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