Travis – 12 Memories

Glasgow platinum-shifters ring (albeit subtle) changes for their fourth long-player

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After a serious swimming pool accident nearly disabled drummer Neil Primrose, Travis took six months off before ditching producer Nigel Godrich and reconvening for DIY sessions at a makeshift Mull studio towards the end of last year. And credit where it’s due:after the mega-selling The Man Who (1999) and The Invisible Band (2001), they’ve chosen to kick a little rather than safely tread water. Thing is, while singer Fran Healy opts for a more delicate delivery over the usual chain-rattling sorrowfests down rainy promenades?and guitars are eased aside for dabs of piano and softly-pattering drums?the tunes, for all their airiness, just won’t stick.

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