The Boy with No Name

The Boy with No Name

by TravisTravis


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Early in their career, Travis sounded like Oasis crossed with U2, and as the years rolled steadily on, they gradually replaced Oasis with Radiohead, without ditching that devotion U2. Travis may have cut out any of their overt rock influences, yet they retained the everyday, boys-next-door image that was so common in all the post-Britpop guitar bands, and that humility served them well on their 1999 sophomore effort, The Man Who, a commercial breakthrough that also established the soft, shimmering sound that was their signature. Unfortunately for them, not long after that album, they were eclipsed by Coldplay, another Radiohead-U2 fusion that managed to keep some sense of majesty to their music, something that Travis, sensible lads that they are, seemed to studiously avoid. In the wake of that simultaneous success and eclipse, the group survived some professional and personal struggles, taking four years to record their fifth album, 2007's The Boy with No Name. Far from being a long-gestating leap forward, The Boy with No Name offers a comfortable, familiar Travis, but there is a slight, subtle difference: the band has truly embraced their modesty, settling into their gentleness. There's a mild, untroubling weariness to their performances here that suits them quite well; it deepens the music, makes their deliberate tempos resonate, it makes the quietness feel contemplative, it even makes the cleanliness of the production feel right, a reflection of their maturity. If the melodies don't really dig in, they nevertheless float sweetly, meshing into the overall fabric and feel of the album. If the music never quite soars, it never seems as if the band is struggling in vain to achieve take-off, either. For the first time since The Man Who, Travis doesn't seem to strive to achieve something, they just exist, and their music is better for it. They're still ordinary, almost painfully so, but they don't seem pedestrian, they seem to have weathered some ups and downs, channeling that experience into an album that has a slight, yet palpable, emotional resonance that their predecessors often lacked.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886970796224
catalogNumber: 707962
Rank: 61939

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Travis   Primary Artist
Adrian Smith   Viola
Sally Herbert   Violin
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Sarah Clarke   Clarinet
Ian Burdge   Cello
John Metcalfe   Viola
Chris Worsey   Cello
Louisa Aldridge   Violin
Richard George   Violin
Julia Stone   Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Darragh Morgan   Violin
Zoe Martlew   Cello
Jonathan Hill   Violin
KT Tunstall   Background Vocals
Rachel Robson   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin
Oliver Langford   Viola
Jeff Moore   Violin

Technical Credits

Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Steve Orchard   Producer,Engineer
Mike Hedges   Producer,Engineer
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer
Joby Talbot   String Arrangements
Matthieu Clouard   Engineer
Emery Dobyns   Engineer
Tappin Gofton   Art Direction
George Tandero   Producer,Engineer

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