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The Invisible Band

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Along with Coldplay's 'Parachutes', 'The Man Who' slowly became one of the ubiquitous releases at the turn of the century. Yet although the likes of 'Turn' and 'Driftwood' were undeniably easy on the ear paradigms for thoughtful indie/adult rock, they seemed to lack any kind of edge to go further particularly on the unremarkable 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me?' which was in danger of becoming their musical albatross. It seems as they have never been away but the follow-up release signifies their intention to become known as an albums band. The singles thus far, 'Sing' and 'Side', both feature hypnotic tunes courtesy mainly of Andy Dunlop's fine guitar work; the former is hopeful and joyous whilst the latter is steeped in melancholy. Further exposure to the album unveils a remarkably consistent level of songwriting with the unassuming-looking Dunlop always able to turn guitar and even banjo into memorable verses and choruses whilst Fran Healy sensibly never over-reaches in his successful quest for the yearning vocal. It's easy to imagine that the earnest, yet brilliant, likes of 'The Last Train' and 'Pipe Dreams' might alienate former fans but Travis are clearly above turning into victims of their own success. As an exercise in how modern rock should sound like, 'The Invisible Band' will take some beating.
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  Track Listing
01 Sing
02 Dear Diary
Standout Track Side
04 Pipe Dreams
05 Flowers In The Window
06 The Cage
07 Safe
08 Follow The Light
09 Last Train
10 Afterglow
11 Indefinitely
12 The Humpty Dumpty Love Song

Standout Track = Standout Track

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Coldplay - Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, X&Y
Devlins, The - Consent, Waves
Haven - Between The Senses
Lotus Eaters, The - No Sense Of Sin, Silentspace
Travis - 12 Memories, The Boy With No Name
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