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.