Singles Review

artist: Travis date: 04/11/2008 category: compact discs
Travis: Singles
Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
Label: Epic
Genres: Britpop, British Trad Rock, Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 18
Despite a knack for catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrical sentiments, Travis albums often have a "samey" quality, which makes Singles such a pleasant addition to the band's catalog.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 9.7
Singles Reviewed by: Rock God #1, on june 01, 2006
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Sound: Now what a compilation this makes. Everyone in the world must have heard of at least one Travis song. Who hasn't heard of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" or "Flowers In The Window?" I thought so. Anyway, on to the music. Most of the greatest Travis songs are on here (albeit for "Somewhere Else", "Papercut" and "Pipe Dreams"). With "Sing", "Driftwood", "Writing To Reach You" and... I could list every track on the album. Every song is a gem in itself. Even some of the seemingly dated songs are still fresh, and just make you itch to hear some of their older stuff. This is a great album, keeping the sometimes miserable atmosphere to the songs, along with the great chord progressions and banjo playing (on "Sing" especially). // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics to each song are so very unique. No one else but Fran Healy could come up with lyrics like this, stick them into a song and pull them off at such a high standard. Witty, clever, stunning, astonishing. Whatever you want to call it, Healy is a genius when it comes to writing lyrics. The lyrics go extremely well with the music (most probably because it is Travis, after all) and the album makes for great listening. Can the singer sing? You'd be a fool if you thought he couldn't. In fact, Fran Healy has got one of the best live voices in the world at the moment. // 10

Overall Impression: Seeing as though it is a compilation of their singles, it surpasses all of the other albums with ease. The best songs are, well all of them really! Download/buy it, and you'll see what I'm talking about. Of course, the miserable atmosphere merged with the insatiable appetite for beautiful chord progressions make Travis who they are. Is there anything to hate about this album? (That was a rhetorical question). The answer, of course, is no. Would I buy it if it was lost? Absolutely. This is Travis at their upmost best. // 10

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overall: 9
Singles Reviewed by: Robbiekeano, on april 11, 2008
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Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 9

Overall Impression: 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! // 9

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