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The Man Who [Import]

Travis Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Writing To Reach You
2. The Fear
3. As You Are
4. Driftwood
5. The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
6. Turn
7. Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
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As much as one would like to resist the temptation, it is impossible to avoid drawing comparisons between Travis's latest and Radiohead. The Man Who is a great album that stands strong on its own merits and a simple comparison threatens to cheapen it. However, since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this release should make Radiohead feel damn good about themselves. The Glaswegian group summons the same tortured spirits, but what's absent is the insipid Orwellian undertones that make Radiohead's OK Computer so disturbing and difficult. Travis's singer, Fran Healy, strains and soars in a Thom Yorke fashion, minus the maniacal, slightly salivated exasperation. And musically, there are some nearly uplifting moments. The wonderful, circular rhythms and lilting vocals in "Driftwood" are as celebratory as a James song and the sitar-tinged "The Last Laugh of the Laughter" is so sweetly sad, its beauty overrides its sentiment. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me" builds on the swelling momentum of great classic pop (and, as a matter of fact, shuffles along the same downbeat as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head "--an inadvertent irony that should suit the band just fine). The Man Who is a highly recommended break from the Brit-rock pack. --Beth Massa

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Although they rose to huge acclaim in Europe (mostly in the U.K.), most people forget to credit them for being at the forefront of the 'Slowcore' movement (Introspective melancholic, sometime acoustic Pop)..which paved the way for bands such as "Turin Brakes, Coldplay, Starsailor", with singer/frontman 'Francis Healy' writing most of the material, and crafting & writing songs of down to earth bittersweet introspection, and pain & regret...."The Fear" broods like a early day 'Doves' single, and demonstrates a band maturing with each album LP. But It's with the anthemic "Why Does it always rain on me?" that the band found a britpop anthem to precede Coldplay's "Yellow". Yet the strongest song is in fact their achingly introspective "Driftwood", with healy's strong songwriting asking "I'm sorry...that you've turned to Driftwood....but you've been drifting for a long, long time!!??". And as if just to show that it's not all acoustic strumming "Turn" opens with a stunning Electric guitar lead opening one of the albums louder moments. Sure, they have their detractors but how many other bands around that period were attempting to push the boundaries of acoustic pop with quite the same level of accomplishment and commitment???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carried me through college... June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
and now it carries me back. I'm pretty sure I made it through a year of school because of this album. The Man Who explores a wide variety of emotional themes. "Writing To Reach You" and "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" are the standout tracks, but the whole thing is really a lyrical and instrumental tour de force. Buy this album so you, too, can listen to it compulsively for months, then remember those months of your life every time you return the CD to the player. Radiohead refuses to get this emotional, and Coldplay will do it, but usually arena-style. Both of those bands make good albums for other times, but you can play this in a quiet room and calmly soak it up. And who doesn't need an album like that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dec 28 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I was first attracted to Travis's faster "Beautiful Occupation" and "Quicksand". I was at first a little dissapointed with The Man Who, it was so quiet, I thought it was a bit like elevator music- I didn't think it would be able to hold my attention. Once I listened to it a few times, though, I have not been able to stop. Every single last drop of a note is a balance between lyrical perfection and sweet melody, so quiet and beautiful. Don't be put off by this album's lack well known songs- what's there is far more valuable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars was interesting when it came out... Jan. 4 2004
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but now it's just kinda lame. Their sound (to me) gets old and becomes a little too weak fro my tastes. Not as complicated as some of the other bands that are putting out stuff nowadays. I put them in the same catagory as Semisonic. Just OK. Better than cookie cutter bands, but not really up to par to be included in a collection of good music.
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