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Some things should be remembered

by Clive Bowden
Issue No. 1875

12 Memories - Travis

I NEVER cared for the group Travis much-they always promised so much but left you disappointed with their obvious courting of a commercial market. But with 12 Memories Travis have finally come alive. 'Quicksand' is the opening salvo of the album, laid down like a manifesto of their intent. On the track the rhythm is matched by the beautiful songwriting that they were always capable of.

Their lyrical content has also matured magnificently. 'The Beautiful Occupation' is a prime example of this, proving that Travis have not just gained confidence, but also a political conscience, with Fran begging, 'Don't just stand there watching it happen.'

On 'Peace The Fuck Out' they demand, 'You have a voice-don't lose it, you have a choice-so choose it.' Each track grows on you with every listen, no longer overburdened with production as they were in the past.

12 Memories displays a perfect convergence of style, intelligence and politics, and Travis have at last come to life with their finger on the pulse.

12 Memories is out now

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Sat 1 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1875
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