Travis first became really well known with The Man Who. It was by no means a bad album, it had high points and fairly demonstrated what Travis were about. But most people manage to dismiss them on the strength of that album, ignoring this, their much better debut.
Good Feeling is about just that: cheerful indie rock, with dashes of quiet ballads and some fun lyrics courtesy of singer/guitarist Healy. In comparison to Man Who, this is a fun loving Travis, with anthemic rock numbers like U16 Girls, All I Wanna Do Is Rock and Tied to the 90's. There's decent singalong stuff like Happy and The Line Is Fine. Sadly the album becomes rather samey in tone once More Than Us arrives, with following tracks Falling Down and Funny Thing (which are good songs anyway) following in the same pattern. The album might have been better with a stronger ending, perhaps if they put Happy or Good Feeling (the fabulous title track) as the finale.
There's loads of energy in this, which is admittadly lacking in Travis' two follow up albums The Man Who and The Invisible Band. It's heavier, takes itself less seriously and is more fun to listen to. Whether it's better than The Invisible Band, which is a much more smooth sounding, polished album, I'm not sure. But it's definite that if you like Travis, you cannot be without this first, brilliant effort.