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The Man Who

Travis

1999

The Man Who

Album Summary

The Man Who is the second studio album by the Scottish rock band Travis. The album was released on 24 May 1999 through Independiente. It saw a change in musical direction for the band, moving away from the rockier tone of their debut Good Feeling (1997). Four singles were released: "Writing to Reach You", "Driftwood", and the top 10 hits "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" and "Turn". The Man Who initially received mixed reviews and sold slowly. Boosted by the success of "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" and the band's appearance at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, it eventually spent a total of 11 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and brought the band international recognition. As of 2018, according to Concord Music, The Man Who has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. It was among ten albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, losing to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.

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Rating

3.09

Votes

5145

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

Listening to this was like eating saltine crackers dipped in skim milk.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

The answer to the question, "What if Keane had a Bends-era Radiohead phase and did very little to hide it?"

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Sounds like every young adult series’ music.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
3

just kinda soft rock stuff, kinda catchy background music and nowhere near as gay as coldplay. 3/5

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

This is like if Coldplay or early Radiohead didn’t have a knack for good songwriting.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

A weak attempt at a Beatles facsimile, which I found was not uncommon in the 90's. Oasis did similar productions, and I would argue they did it with more passion and balls. Nothing flat offensive about the album, it was just relentlessly forgettable.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

Where do I start with this dumpster fire? This is the type of music you listen to when you have no strong opinions about music. It's music for people whose idea of a bad day is that Starbucks got their mochacchino order wrong. Jangly, sad bastard shlock that desperately wants to be Radiohead. I hate that this band exists and if you enjoy this type of music, your taste in music sucks.

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Tue May 03 2022
1

Every song on this album is what i hear when i think of riding in the back of the car while my dad drives us home in late October of 2006 and its 4 pm, kinda dark and raining and the car doesn't have a aux so we have to listen to NRJ Radio and they are playing the 11th most played song of the week and i am listening and feeling miserable because i have to do my math-homework when i get home because i have a test tomorrow and all i can think of is that the song thats on the radio is so bland that it makes me anxious even though i don't even really have a music taste yet because i am 9 years old but what i do know is that this aint it

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Attractive voice with quiet acoustic guitar motifs. A bit boring, but still enjoyable to listen to.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

À mon humble avis, la suite manquante du groupe de mots désignant cet album n'est certainement pas "speaks french". J'en veux pour preuve le morceau The Last Laugh of the Laughter au cours duquel le chanteur croit duper son audience avec un baragouinage qui ne fera plaisir qu'aux non-francophones : "It's the last laugh of the laughter Sur la dernier page do chapitre On the last day of the year Ma vie Tout ma vie When the spotlight fade away" dit-il selon la retranscription qu'en fait Google. Bien évidemment, le chanteur ne fait, dans la chanson, pas une seule de ces fautes à l'oral et prononce d'ailleurs admirablement bien les passages en français. Mais peu importe. En resumé : un projet ni fait ni à faire.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
2

Tasteful, gentle, soporific. I was expecting proto-indie-filler, with completely forgettable tunes, and it was marginally better than that. But I never need to hear this album again in my life. The production is a little bit edgier and interesting than I expected (thanks, Nigel Goodrich), but at best, at its most hard-rockin', this comes across as OK Computer Lite. Actually, I'm just listening to the coda of As You Are, and this is the worst case of Thom Yorke wannabe-ism I have ever heard. I don't hate this, as it is custom made to be un-hatable, but it has no grit at all.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
1

The musical equivalent of the colour beige.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Amazing album all the way through. Tons of great tracks with big sound. "Turn" especially. Sounds of the 90s which were refined from their first album. Secret song is also a surprising but great addition to the album

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Perfect in every way. Used to listen to this constantly in the first few months of our marriage.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

I liked all of it. Quite solemn, but the production is very bright and clear. Nice!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

As dull as i remember

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

After listening to this I can confirm that Travis are pretty much the beige, mid-tempo, pop rock band I thought they were. However, what they lack in fun and excitement they make up for with craft - these songs contain really solid melodies and progressions, the format is just a little bit dull for 2022.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Keimzelle eines Gefühls des richtigen Ankommens in Köln, so jung, noch so viel übrig, das danach trachtete, versaut zu werden. This album was the soundtrack on the journey of ‚the man who‘ I was about to become. Forever 5.0

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Спокойно, нормально

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

I liked this one. Best one in a while.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

I like the beginning of this one. It has an alternative sound, which is my jam. I really liked this album and would look up more of this band. I’m surprised I didn’t hear more of it when it was new.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Best song is the hidden track "blue flashing light", perhaps because it has not been overplayed; the drumming is unusual at points, but not in a bad way; Fran can really sing, this is especially obvious on "as you are"; not sure why there is a song half in French?!?

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Kind of melancholic.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

My first favourite band

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Beautiful album

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Loved this album. Great balance of folk and rock

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Strong emotional ties with this one

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

I'm surprised I'm not familiar with this band or album, because the sound/style is pretty similar to some of my favorites. Good find.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

A deserved classic from the 1990's. Beautiful songs, an album that's worth another listen time and time again

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Personal favourite

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

A timeless sombre soft indie collection made for miserable Scots by miserable Scots. Love it. Almost every track is a stand out including miserable secret track.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Five stars

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I loved this album back in the day. Nice mellow rock.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

A classic. Their 2nd album. One of the best modern British albums.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Travis é adorável.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Brilliant

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Best song is the hidden track "blue flashing light", perhaps because it has not been overplayed; the drumming is unusual at points, but not in a bad way; Fran can really sing, this is especially obvious on "as you are"; not sure why there is a song half in French?!? Extra point for being Scottish!

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

What a gorgeous album. I hadn't heard this album before and really enjoyed it, every single song was beautiful. Will revisit this multiple times in the future.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

This was really interesting. I liked it.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

A classic from the end of the 90s. Sombre and melancholy at times. This is one for a cold winter's night, wrapped up in front of the fire. Such a brilliant album that I listened to a lot, back in 1999.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Listed

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

How in the heck have I never heard of this band? Dude's soothing vocals are calming, and it reminds me of the early 2000s indie rock/folk era that became super popular at the time. This album sounds timeless, though, and I ended up listening to hours of Travis. What a great find. 5/5.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Another great memory from the 90’s. I first heard Travis while watching MTV’s with the “Why does it always rain on me? "video. I loved that kind of music and also loved Driftwood. I don’t think I heard the full album until a few years later but still it has a good place in my youth memories. I knew a girl who was the #1 fan of this guys, and for many years I would only see her at their gigs lol. We got together later but it wasn’t in the cards I guess, we never got to see them live while together neither. I recently learn she saw me with my girlfriend at their last gig here and it broke her hart (her words). I won’t be risking going to their next show (which is next month) because they’re hers. Hope she does go, this band is great and she deserves to be happy. I have my vinyl and my memories nevertheless. This album deserves its place on this list as it is a great time stamp and because it has great timeless songs like Slideshow, that song will always get me.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Surprisingly good. Voice sounds like Radiohead

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

travel

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Some of my favorite hidden tracks on a CD, too bad digital doesn't exactly capture the "magic" of hidden tracks.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Brilliant

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

one of the best albums of the 90s

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Really great album. Just well above average songs from start to finish. Highlights are Writing to Reach You, Why does it always rain..., She's So Strange...could go on. 4.5/5

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

A lot of nostalgia caught up in this record.... stand college 1999.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
4

Majority songs were good

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Mon Nov 02 2020
4

pretty cool

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

A thoroughly enjoyable album from front to back. Fran Healy's airy vocals are the perfect complement to the low-key, often acoustic-driven musical arrangements. A great example of what the late 90's/early 2000's 'Britpop' genre had to offer.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

I had never heard this one but really like this album. It is like a mix of Wilco and Muse.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

One of my all time favorites

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Vielleicht die letzte Band der 90er Jahre. Schöne Lieder voller Zweifel und Taumel und Verlorenheit, vielleicht auch wegen der Zeitenwende. Was nun wohl kommen mag? Naja, ich sag mal so: the rain kept raining down on you, und Klimawandel hin oder her, weniger wurde er bestimmt nicht. 3,8. Letzte macht’s Licht a

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

I never realized how much '90s Travis sounds like a Radiohead / Oasis lovechild. A bit precious, a bit tranquil, more enjoyable than I had expected. Also, do you remember when bands used to hide a bonus track on the final track of their CD just by adding a bunch of empty space in the middle of the track? I was startled when, after a few minutes of silence and thinking the album was over, some music kicked in.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

I love this album so much! It has lots of memories of teenaged anxt and a glorious summer. I haven't listened to it for years, but was instantly transported back and knew all the words :)

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Veoma zanimljiv album. Nisam baš upoznat sabritanskim bendoviam 90-tih, ali ovo je sjajno. FAV TRACKS: Writing To Reach You The Fear Driftwood Turn Luv Slide show Why does it have to rain on me

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Buen álbum

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Some great tracks on this - front of the album probably slightly stronger than the back, but an enjoyable listen.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

A little slow and ballad heavy for my tastes, but there were some really great tracks on this one. Reminded me of Oasis.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

One of the better picks so far. Real indie feel to it. Definitely want to give it another listen!

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Always a fan of alternative rock.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Hadn't heard before, some great songs! Very Radiohead like

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Great band with killer melodies. I've taught Why Does It... for many years, so very familiar with this band. Songwriter Fran Healy has a great way with wordplay, and a knack for a memorable melody. Favourite tracks are Why Does..., Turn, Writing to Reach You, and Driftwood.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

I liked this more than I was expecting to. Reminded me of Radiohead, only more accessible, and maybe a little of Rufus Wainwright, but less maudlin. It was mellow but still held my interest. 3.5 stars, rounding to 4.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

8/10. Feels quite enjoyable on a first listen, but I am not sure if it is something that will start to bug me if I relisten, or if I'll grow to like it more. Always fun when the 5th song on an album spontaneously decides to be half in French-as-a-second-language. Hidden tracks don't work well on Spotify at all.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

J'ai beaucoup apprecié cet album, je regrette cependant deux points que je vais énoncer ci-dessous, mais avant je voudrais vous partager le score de mes trois derniers entrainements au Grand Quiz du Generateur: 11/20 - 9/20 - 13.5/20 Des resultats en dents de scie qu'il va falloir veiller a stabiliser pour esperer une victoire sous les yeux de Jarry et Arnaud Ducret. - le passage en français était une horreur absolue, et je sais de quoi je parle parlant moi-même la langue de Molière avec une aisance toute particulière, propre aux ressortissants français dont je fais partie - y en a marre des artistes qui croient berner leur monde en laissant 2mn de vide avant un son caché, de 1 on s'en branle que tu rajoutes un son ou non, de 2 quand on voit 10mn de bande sur le dernier son et qu'il n'y a plus de bruit après 3mn on se dit que soit tu es completement abruti et tu as oublié de couper l'enregistreur (ce qui est deja arrivé, cf The Doors), soit tu nous a dissimulé un son.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

I liked it a lot, kind of like American Football but via Radiohead. 4

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

I find this surprisingly enjoyable, a solid sense of millennial doom throughout. Definitely reminiscent of some other sounds around the late 90s, but I think I just liked this particular flavor.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Classic, late 1990s Brit Pop. Will have to give it a deeper listend beyond "why does it always rain on me"

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Has an air of less weird radiohead. Enjoyed it

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

A bit of Scottish romance and angst.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Very much in the Britpop vein from the drum sounds to the chord changes. I can also hear a fair bit of Neil Young and Radiohead influence as well. This album features memorable melodies as would be expected and some interesting instrumental bits. The last song with its period of silence was a bit annoying but overall, a good album and great exploration into the influence of Britpop

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

1999; (Scotland) Post-britpop; Rock

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

4/5

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

wasn't sure about this at first, but eventually, it grew on me, occasional moments of brilliance on this album but plenty of mediocrity as well, overall above average but nothing special

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

very okay sad boy music

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

This was pretty good. Some nostalgia tracks

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

7/10

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

I thought I was going to hate this, "Oh God, not Travis!" Maybe the catalogue of middle of the road 70's whining had lowered my expectations. Maybe Travis have some good riffs, with lovely mellow bits and unexpected angry bits, lyrically sound too.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Muy bueno Travis

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

So this album sits in a box with so many other Uni bought CD's, memories of 4am plays, and melancholic regrets about girlfriends I never had. Musically, hasn't aged that badly, it's full of lovely, well written catchy tunes.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Upon second listen I loved it much more than at first. I went on to listen to a lot of Travis' discography and really loved it. I think the band has better music on other albums, but this one was still great.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I had forgotten just how good this album was

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Surprised I hadn't heard this before, it sounds like something I would like, and I do like it. Reminds me if bands I was listening to in the mid 00's - Guster, Keane, Radiohead (The Bends specifically). At times it got too sappy for me, at other moments the grooves were just euphoric. Interested in learning more about these fellas.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

New addition to my library. Somehow missed them on their original release.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Very nice electric acoustic. "Driftwood" is an excellent song, which is why this is 4 and not a 3

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

It's not too much my vibe these days but this was an album I listened to a lot growing up, so nostalgia.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Verging on a five but never quiet got there, lots of Radiohead and Bowie influence

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Great Album that combines the best elements of early 2000s alternative rock and Brit Pop

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Quite a beautiful sound and a few songs definitely stood out. While I would have loved a bit more in dynamics, its a great album with a great production and runtime.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

Steady listen at the time.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Judging by the cover I thought this would be generic late-90s pop-rock but I enjoyed this album more than I expected.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

No bad songs on it, but feels lightweight now.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

beautiful album ful of emotional ballads about lost souls in life i suppose

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

I bought this album in 1999 along with another 3,000,000 folk. I love the melancholy of it all.If you have never listened to this album in entirety then give it a try you may be suprised.There is a heavy gloom that lingers over the songs, which gives the soft melodies and sympathetic performances some real weight. These songs will sink into your heart and find a home in your head.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

This album takes me back to the 90s! Great nostalgia here.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Pleasant enough.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Pablo Honey, but good, and without "thinking about you", so not that good 4

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Wow this sounds like if Oasis and Aqualung had a baby.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

The vocals sound a lot like Radiohead. I liked it enough to order the album.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Love it. As if Keane discovered guitars, combined forces with Elbow, and channeled the smoothest of early Radiohead. This one grabs me right away - first song, first verse. The melodies are fantastic, love the vocals, and is a excellent mix. Revolutionary? Nah. Doesn't matter - sometimes a group of fairly basic pop-rock songs can just be great on its own. Honestly no dogs on the entire album - "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" was the hit; "Writing to Reach You" "The Fear" and "Slide Show" are others I love. Well-produced, judicious instrumentation, nothing overplayed. A keeper. 8/10 4 stars.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

poppy radiohead-ish emo feels

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

I really enjoyed this. Very much of its time and era - feels understatedly influential

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Mon May 23 2022
4

I enjoy this album more now than when it came out. At the time, it felt like Travis would be another Radiohead but more radio-savvy. It would be a saturated market and overwhelm all music. Instead, the future has been more diverse and this niche has moved out of the mainstream. That left more room for this album. Happy to put it in the usual rotation.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

klasse

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

It was a delight to be reintroduced to this little gem. This was on high rotation in a share house I was part of in Galway, Ireland in 2001. Good memories and lots of beautiful melodies from Fran Healy.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Travis are like that band you see on Rage on a lazy Sunday morning and think, that's nice. A hybrid of the Innocence Mission and Radiohead, or something like that. Moments of Damon Albarn drift through the vocals. There is really a lot to like here

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Travis walked so Coldplay could fly. Was way into this album and The Invisible Band in middle school. Nothing extraordinary, but solid albums!

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Takes me back

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

3.9⭐

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Absolute charmer of an album. The singles, in particular, are excellent 👍🏾

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Love this one. Laid back melodic indie pop/rock. Vocals are great

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

i haven't explored the possibilities of what sources call "post-britpop", but this was a very solid introduction. highlights i liked were the fear, driftwood, turn, she's so strange, and the hidden track. this guy's vocals are amazing, i think that these guys definitely have a 5 star potential, but this sticks at 4 for now.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

I love the song“Why Does It Always Rain On Me” but never listened to the rest of this album. There was a little surprised in “As You Are” as it sounded almost early Radiohead to me. Very good album!

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Never heard of this band bed but really enjoyed the music

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Ik moet nog goed luisteren, wat ik heb gehoord vind ik heel goed.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

A basis review being Scottish this is an album everyone I know owned. Personally I love this album but isn’t one I’d tell people they need to listen to before they die.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

It’s just a lovely album of lovely songs. I didn’t give them enough love back in the day, but have grown into them!

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I was surprised how good this album was. This was a really fanatastic modern rock album. As you are was a great song. I would definitely like to listen to this one again 7/10

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Good chill album

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

A Scottish introverted Oasis - I remember this album from when it was out and I used to like it a lot - it actually still holds up as a pretty collection of songs - however if I had to find it a fault it’s that it suffers from the same 90s album ailment - it could have done with fewer songs and it would have been a classic.

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Sat Sep 10 2022
4

Si je compare à l'album de Coldplay que j'ai écouté récemment, je préfère celui-ci. Je réécouterais avec plaisir.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Zoetig. Voldoenend.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Actually kind of pleasant. Loses a bit of steam, but eventually won me back with the bonus track.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Ottimo per piangere, però in allegria

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Mellow chilled

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Never listened to these guys before. Cool album.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

whoa good stuff

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Very melodic. Cool band that I had never heard of.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

I didn’t even know that post-Britpop was a thing lol But this isn’t bad, I like the musicianship and there’s solid songwriting abound. I don’t know if it’s a GOAT album, but I think it deserved to do a little better in the states. Man, I feel like I enjoy every Britpop act I’ve heard better than Oasis and Blur. Too bad those were the only ones to really catch on here. C+

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Kaunis, miellyttävää kuultavaa. Huippu saavutettiin kuitenkin jo alussa. Mutta mukava yllätys!

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

great

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Enjoyed the singing, the lyrics and the chords. Solid 4, can’t believe I’ve never heard of them

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

I thought this wasn't bad. I liked a good amount of songs. I would probably listen to a number of them again.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Almost considered a 5 star, but that was based just because it's been awhile since we had one. Still solid

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

3 stars

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Thu Jan 07 2021
3

Surprisingly devastating, and got steadily more so as it played. I'm surprised that reviews seem to focus on the front end of the record as the strong part: My experience is exactly the opposite. Granted, there are hints of more interesting sonics in those first few songs. Between that and the hidden track, it's hard to escape the thought that the band was capable of much more. The end result is fully enjoyable, if not quite satisfying.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

One of those pop/post-pop albums that's pleasant enough to listen to, but ten minutes later, you can't really recall anything about it or what it sounds like. A bit generic for this list. Best track: Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Actually quite good. I like this guy’s vocals better than Rufus Wainwright, but not as much as Tim Booth’s, both of whom he sounds like.

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Thu Nov 19 2020
3

Talented guy but boring record. Don’t quite understand it’s legacy appeal.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Taas taustamusaa, mutta ihan chilliä sellaista

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

good indie rock, reminds me of the nineties

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Lettere sølle musik, Why does it always rain on me

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Sad and solid

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Wondering if Radiohead came out first

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

can hear nigel godrich on this one big time

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Guilty pleasure. Love a bit of Travis. It's nothing groundbreaking though is it Me: "Mum can we listen to some Coldplay" Mum: "No we have Coldplay at home" Coldplay at home:

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Kind of perfect with morning coffee

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

What if radiohead was mediocre and generally uninteresting? Travis. She's So Strange and Rain On Me are strong, but the album doesn't carry enough passion and interest to raise it into a 4 or 5.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Algunas buenas rolas, pero les falta redondear. 3.5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Is this the Verve and Oasis clone?

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Totally fine. Big Keane Energy

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

couple songs were catchy but nothing special

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Didn’t love didn’t hate. Was cute

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

I think I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I didn’t take any notes and I don’t quite remember what I liked. I guess not quite memorable enough for a 4 but deserves a relisten.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Het is het waard om eens te beluisteren en dat vaker te doen

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

The man who what, Travis? The man who what? It's been 22 years and we still don't fucking know, damn it.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Mellow, but only a couple songs really notable.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

This album wasn't great, but not bad either 3/5 decent kind of gloomy brit pop

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Melancholische Britpop die mij wel kan bekoren voor een nummertje of 2, maar een heel album is te veel van het goeie.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

3.5. Rustig en aangenaam

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Better than most britpop

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

A very nice album. Good choruses and nice voice, kinda sounds like a memory, if that makes any sense. Longer than it should be - I'll never get the "let's make 4 minutes of this song straight just complete silence" but oh well Saved: Writing To Reach You, Driftwood

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Not bad at all, pretty nice background music. A good 3.5 but rounded down because it's completely unmemorable and I already forgot what it sounded like.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Tenía olvidado varias canciones de ellos. A pesar de tener buenas, no es un gran álbum, pero lo disfruté. Nota: 3.5 PD: No seleccione "Why Does Is Always Is Rain On Me?" porque todavía no supero su saturación en las radios.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Some good songwriting but a bit lightweight for my tastes

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Glad to be introduced to this band and this album. Some really great stuff on this one. Musically interesting, good lyrics, nice mix of styles. I like that the influences seem to be eclectic (at least they are to my ear). And I LOVED reading this from the Wiki entry on the band: "The band's name comes from the character Travis Henderson (played by Harry Dean Stanton) from the film Paris, Texas (1984)." Great actor creating a great character in a great film. That is wicked cool.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Easy to listen to instrumentals. Was ok on vocals. Listened to an extra cut and liked it better

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Nothing special but nice sound and good level in general

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

-I liked when "As You Are" got intense and there was a nice scream. And then there was some nice guitar solo-bridgey stuff. -"Driftwood" was pleasant -Why is "Slideshow" silent for like a huge gap in the middle??? I like the second half but I'm not gonna wait for like 3 minutes mid song??? -Why are the bonus tracks way better so far? "Green Behind The Ears" and "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" are actually good -Nice Cover of "Be My Baby" -Idk it was just boring

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

good album, reminds me a lot of coldplay though

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Soft rock, easy listening

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Chill, James style tunes with lots of ghost strokes and great production. Good music for reading

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Very chill. Didn’t wow me though.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Interesting sound, but didn't do much to grab me after the first couple of tracks. Need to listen again though

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Good but slow

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Boring but listenable. 6

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Generic brit-pop with trite lyrics. It had a nice atmosphere and the vocal performance was pretty solid, but overall this was a fairly bland album that probably only british people love. 5/10

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Takes me back. Some nice nostalgia, few decent songs I hadn't heard. Haven't really heard of these guys since this album.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Some nice Travis songs here but nothing that gets my dick hard.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

The band that paved the way for Coldplay is not exactly a selling point in my book! However, I gave this album a couple of listens to give it a fair shake, and deemed it not bad but also not very exciting. A couple songs are better than the rest such as Writing To Reach You, Driftwood, and Why Does It Always Rain on Me. Not sure I could go above a 3 on this one.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

Given my obsession with NME and Q magazine during my Australian high school tenure, I was familiar with a few of the singles from this album so I would have been surprised if I was surprised by the overall tone of this album and… I was not surprised. I enjoyed listening to this album a few times over the past 24 hours and could easily see myself putting it on if we need some chill music in the lounge room. I didn’t make the time to sink my teeth into the history of the album so that my be a bit of my downfall as well. Great songwriting, melodies and overall musicianship.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Production on this is superb. Aiming for a more downtempo and laid-back sound, it is immensely good at utilizing reverb, delay, and mixing to bring out these feelings with the songwriting. You can hear influence from Radiohead especially, which had released the monumental OK Computer just two years earlier. This is for the best, though, as it never fully feels like it's trying to copy or attempt to become Radiohead, but dialing Travis' own sound through this new alt rock lens. It is worth noting that it slightly more pop-y, though more in structure than sound. I quite enjoyed this one overall. Nice and relaxing record with the stylings of the day that I like. Can be compared to Radiohead, Coldplay, and Muse without explicitly being any one of them.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

It's a pretty good sadboy album like something from Elliott Smith. I don't particularly like it over a lot of other albums, but I think it is at least worthy of being on this list. I also enjoy the addition of the secret track, even though with streaming services the idea of a secret track is dead. I may come back to this one because the vocalist has a nice voice and a pretty good range as well. The instrumentation is pretty complex and compliments the vocals well. Highlights: 1, and 4.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

very alt british sound. kind of an oasis clone but i think a little more nuanced. Luv is a good track.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

It's a decent melancholic and harmonious Pop-Rock record, though Fran Healy's vocals are a bit too breathy and dramatic at times. To be honest, I keep thinking of Radiohead when listening to this. They do almost everything better that Travis tries on here. The Man Who does truly shine on "Writing To Reach You", "Driftwoord" and "Why Does It Always Rain On Me". 3/5.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

I wouldn't normally listen to these type of songs but it was appropriate yesterday

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

This is just generic rock. Not really special at all and as average as it comes. 6/10.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Couple nice songs, but many of them are just insipid and interminably overlong

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

ну прям реально конец 90 по ощущениям музыкальным лично у меня. Почему-то напомнило севедж гарден и такие вот группы расцвета того же периода

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

It’s… nice. Playing fast and loose with the definition of “essential” here, I think.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Seemed like pretty bog standard light alterna-pop. Competent but too soft to have much impact. A group like Kings of Convenience shows how this kind of thing can be done to better effect.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

A bit of nostalgia bias here

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Redelijk standaard popmuziek. Gewoon erg toegankelijke liedjes, maar ook weer niks bijzonders. De stem van de zanger kan wel gaan vervelen als je een heel album moet luisteren. Mijn favoriet is "Driftwood" en "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?". ***

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

The last track turned me off, with its language and dead air, but I liked multiple songs on this album, like Driftwood, and it was pretty good ambient music for coloring. It gave me a proto-Muse/Coldplay vibe.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Catchy jangly songs are quite good. Other songs are too dull

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Just a middle of the road good album. Nothing really to complain about. Maybe the last song being 10 minutes long and having to wait for like 4 or 5 minutes of silence? Was kind of annoying to me lol.

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