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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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Travis ~ The Invisible Band

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really moving and beautifull music Jan. 12 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 Thankfully not "A Puppet on a String" June 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard cuts off this album after a lengthy search on kazaa for new music. My friend who's music taste Id say is on par with my own sent "Sing" over MSN proclaiming it to be the next indie thing. While sing wasnt the most complicated song writing I have heard, no not Rob Pollard by far, but it sparked my interest. It sent me on the search for more. I managed to collect almost every song from the album before finally going out and picking up the cd version of the album. I rarely buy, mostly over cost, and lack of actual material, but this album has provided countless hours of enjoyment, taking the edge off work, and life in general. The style of the music varies but does seem to carry the same flowing feel thoughout, and is expeically well executed in Pipe Dreams, Flowers in the Window, and The Cage. Some agers in the indie scene might find the lyrics a bit dissapointing, and I will admit, they are sometimes flaky (Sing always seems like only 5 words, repeated over and over, though catchy). Really, its only major flaw is that it tries only as much as it needs to succeed. Its a cultured album, but not pretentious as some other relases can sometimes sound, such as some later Radiohead. If your looking for on of those albums which you can recline back in your chair, nod your head, and actually realx to music for once, then pick this one up. If your expecting something complicated, and startling like Guided By Voices however, you wont find it here. Give it a shot, and be the cool indie kid on your block today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can still see them.... Oct. 2 2002
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who's been paying attention knows that "invisible" is the last thing they have been lately, earning a massive acclain and a Brit 'home land' Award for last year's single "The Man Who". Anyway, they did had a good timing to coincide "The invisible band" album's release with their North American tour which began this month (June '01).
"Sing" is definitely a standout track and after it's soaring and banjo-scibbled rocker appeal, you would find yourself "sing, sing, singing" to this tune all day long. Softrocking tunes like "side" and "pipe dreams" are totally stuffed with instrumentals and touchy feely vocals with a subtle blending of accoustic strums and electric lead lines. The new songs 'Flowers In The Window', 'Safe' and 'Dear Diary' are very passionate and powerful ballads which are simple yet melancholy melodious with perfect playing despite unimpressive sound. "The Cage" is classic Travis melody with great vocals on a hounting chorus. "flowers in the Window" is a end to end love-song while seagulls caw and oceans splash in the back.
All in all, Travis is again giving out the same sound which drew fans to Radiohead. And, I kinda see them as a shadow band for Radiohead. But the difference to note here is that Radiohead albums are more intense and require repeated listening while Travis's pop-rock approach is very visible. They have figured a way to get some Radiohead fans, plus more with a catchy appeal and adventurous art in their albums.
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Travis seems to have gone the way of Radiohead's first album. Beautiful music, beautiful harmonies, beautiful vocals before experimentation. Who can blame them? It sells British records. The difficulty is simply that; its not very difficult music. It rolls into your ears and through your head and out the other side. Its not annoying Britney pop, and not aggressive Pink pop, its not showy Christina pop, and most certainly is not the Backstreet or *NSync travesty that rule the airwaves.
It is different, and that may be the most compelling reason for American audiences to snatch up this record. None of the songs are as compelling as their previous effort, The Man Who, they nevertheless are less whiny, less grating. Its music to study to, to fall asleep to, even to wake up to. Its when company comes over or you've got time to really listen to music that you'd be best off removing it from the CD carousel.
So its a guilty pleasure? You bet.
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