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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #6]
Travis
By Mandana Beigi

12 Memories (CD Epic)

I could probably write page after page telling you all of the reasons that have made 12 Memories my favorite album of this year but for now this will suffice. The album is a bittersweet reflection of difficult times: the survival of Travis after Neil Primorse’s diving accident (the band's drummer) and violence, as a whole, in the post-9/11 world. So, yes, the songs are deeper and darker and, yes, there are no shimmering guitars on this album but that doesn't lessen the fact that 12 Memories is simply a great musical creation."Quicksand", a great opener, will grow on you like an old Beatles' song, bringing back all those spine-tingling good moments. "Beautiful Occupation" and "Peace The Fuck Out" are both candid political statements about the current state of the world with heartfelt melodies and well-orchestrated arrangements."Re-Offender" portrays the dark and harrowing story of domestic violence. And "Walking Down the Hill" is perhaps the most poetic that Travis has ever come off; a simple melody on the piano driven by emotion-rich lyrics and, believe me, Fran's lilting voice makes all the difference on this track. Travis has definitely emphasized the group background vocals on both the waltzy "How Many Hearts" and the almost acoustic "Somewhere Else" - adding an edgier sound to Fran's clean vocals. The pop-perfect "Happy To Hang Around" sounds like a nostalgic memory from "Good Feeling." A hypnotic love tune with a positive message, "Love Will Come Through" is another highlight of the album. Fran Healy, once again, proved himself as one of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of our time and the band's musicianship is at its highest. So, contrary to many reviews, I am here to say that 12 Memories is Travis' most honest and solid effort to date but don’t panic because no one's confiscating your The Man Who and The Invisible Band copies!


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