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Classic Album Review: Travis | The Invisible Band

For a mopey bunch, Fran Healey & co. sure can make you smile with their third CD.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


These days, it seems there are more mopey U.K. bands around than you can shake a tear-stained hanky at. Fortunately, Glasgow’s Travis might be the best of the new lot.

Like their breakthrough 1999 disc The Man Who and single Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, The Invisible Band is an album that wears its broken heart on its sleeve. Sensitive singer-songwriter Fran Healey weighs in on the various permutations of the topic of love and lack thereof while his bandmates gently support him with shimmery guitar-pop set to casually loping grooves. The end result? Simple, relaxing numbes as comfortably intimate as chatting over a warm mug of tea on a rainy day. For a bunch of mopey blokes, Travis sure do put a smile on your face. I doubt they’ll be invisible for long.