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Invisible Band

Travis Audio CD
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1. Sing
2. Dear Diary
3. Side
4. Pipe Dreams
5. Flowers In The Window
6. The Cage
7. Safe
8. Follow The Light
9. Last Train
10. Afterglow
11. Indefinitely
12. The Humpty Dumpty Love Song

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The Invisible Band marks no major change in direction for Travis, but this is no bad thing. That Travis are the most simplistic of the post-Radiohead groups may not sound like the heartiest of compliments, but it undoubtedly accounts for their massive appeal. The Man Who became one of the most popular indie-rock records of the 1990s by virtue of its cheery accessibility and its way with a simple weather metaphor, and judging by the lyrics of "Side"--"The grass is always greener on the other side / The neighbor's got a new car that you wanna drive"--it's immediately obvious that come their third full-length album, Travis have figured out that their fans are not waiting for a brave sonic crusade. Which doesn't matter a bit, because The Invisible Band is such a natural, instantly lovable, and thoroughly unforced record, it seems completely churlish to knock it. The opening "Sing" sounds like, since their inception, all Travis have been missing is a banjo; the florid "Flowers in the Window" harks back to McCartney's finest Beatles compositions; and the synth-led "Humpty Dumpty Love Song" lays Travis's sentimental heart bare. "I'd pray to God if there were heaven," sings Fran Healy on "Pipe Dreams," "But heaven sounds so very far from here..." And that's exactly why Travis are so popular; they're the humble down-to-earth boys from next door, still singing the simplest songs, still making the mundane sound beautiful. --Louis Pattison

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Album! Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
While it was nearly impossible to top their previous album "The Man Who," Travis has succeeded on a number of counts to do just that. It's true that as a whole the album doesn't quite attain the greatness of its predicessor; however, the strength of the album's best songs by-in-large outshines anything Travis has done before. Just a few of the instant classics here are Sing, Side, Follow the Light, and possibly the best song written by anyone since the Beatles--Flowers in the Window. With songs so richly beautiful, it's no wonder that the band quickly became a favorite of mine and my family's--buy it and I'm sure they will become one of yours too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really moving and beautifull music Jan. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
i knew travis before from many great videos ("Turn","Why does it always rain on me") that were shown often on Mtv and some other channels,and from few songs that got some airplay on radio.i liked htat kind of music but never really wanted to buy their albums.once i saw "Invisible band" in some local store and i suddenly bought it...i don't know why,propably because adding something more freshs into my collection.i even didn't care much about hit singles from here like "Side" or "Sing".
while i switched on the album i was getting more and more excited and after 41 minutes while the album was ending i said to myself - this is it...
Travis combines beautifull melodies with excellent guitars,Fran Healy's touching vocals and a lot of melancholy.just listen to "Pipe Dreams"...it is one of these songs that will make you cry each time you listen to it when you are sad.More Up-beat sogns like "Flowers in the window" or "Follow the light" are very cheerfull and they can make you feel even better...what can i add more - Buy this album and feel it.simple but emotional,beautifull and passionate music.i am listening to it almost all the time since i bought it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Scotsmen Beautiful Music Dec 26 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of those compilations that got into my head and heart right away. I'm so grateful to have heard this band, I think they are the next Radiohead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible Band Nov. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Make no bog about it, the boys from Scotland are back in town. {rimshot} Travis 3rd disc, The Invisible Band, follows in much the same vein as their international breakthough The Man Who, though no track on Invisible is as instantly catchy as "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" and "Driftwood" were. Nigel Godrich produced this one too. Just wish the boys woulda' toured more off of this disc than their opening/co-headlining spot with Dido in summer 2001, and their club tour with Remy Zero that fall. If you get to see them live, do it. They seem happier than anybody else to be performing and enjoying their own music with Andy's high scissor kicks and Dougie's strutting. "Flowers In The Window" is prolly the happiest song Franny has written. "Safe" sounds like it coulda came from many a film soundtrack. Fave tracks: "Flowers In The Window," "The Cage," "Safe."
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album Nov. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am actually surprised that this album does not get more universal acclaim. I understand that it is not "The Man Who" (an instant classic) but that does not change the fact that this album has three GREAT and beautiful (that word comes up a lot when describing Travis) songs (Sing, Side, Pipe Dreams), one very cool song, depending on your taste (Flowers in the Window), while the remainder are "very good" mellow songs. All in all that probably makes for a solid 4 1/2 star album.
I think the unabashedly "sensitive" nature of the lyrics (e.g., Sing, Flowers in the Window), along with the abundance of more mellow songs, turned people off on this album. However, this is still some of the best and most melodic music out there.
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