ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
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
Primorses 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 dont panic because no one's confiscating
your The Man Who and The Invisible Band copies!