Sound — 9
They've stuck to the same radio-friendly, laidback acoustic rock formula through minor gems like "Flowers In The Window" and "Writing To Reach You". But their understated stance sometimes throws you off the scent. This greatest hits set spans eight years and four albums and features all of Travis' seventeen singles since 1996. It includes brand new single, "Walking In The Sun" which features the band's trademark soaring harmonies and guitar jingle (refer to above). At first Travis tunes seem to be doing absolutely nothing but upon repeated listening they just kind of worm their way into your brain, refusing to budge.
Lyrics — 9
They can sloganeer with the best of them on the politically motivated "Beautiful Occupation" for instance and the domestic abuse drama of "Re-Offender. The lyrics are simply wonderful to listen to, and it's probably one of the few albums where I've enjoyed most if not all the songs, great stuff! I'd recommend it to anyone.
Overall Impression — 9
Travis, like Coldplay, have found a comfortable niche in the rock stratosphere as a friendlier and less challenging Radiohead. Fran Healy is a far cheerier and likeable frontman than the scary Thom Yorke and it's quite hard not to like their simple formula of soaring harmonies, pitch-perfect guitar jingle-jangle and expansive melodies. Singles is a Best-Of you could happily stick on random without a worry, even the Britpop-indebted early singles have weathered well -and still be pleasantly be surprised by. Often-overlooked gems like single-only release Coming Around and Flowers In The Window sparkle with bonhomie, while the more maudlin Love Will Come Through and More Than Us deftly display the range of the underrated Nicest Men In Rock. Well done Travis!