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"Travis: Album by Album with Fran Healy"
the boy with a cryptic name
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the boy with a cryptic name Posted Mon 19 Aug, 2013 10:32 PM Quote
Very interesting to hear Fran talking about his feelings of each album and the processes behind them - especially the personal thoughts about The Man Who and how TBWNN was warped by pressure from the record label.

http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4146730-travis--album-by-album-with-fran-healy
 
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BenFilbert
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BenFilbert Posted Mon 19 Aug, 2013 11:30 PM Quote
the boy with a cryptic name wrote:
Very interesting to hear Fran talking about his feelings of each album and the processes behind them - especially the personal thoughts about The Man Who and how TBWNN was warped by pressure from the record label.

http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4146730-travis--album-by-album-with-fran-healy


I saw this a few days ago. It's a very good read! Very interesting.
 
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Swan269
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Swan269 Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 2:25 PM Quote
a good read for sure. interesting to have the business side thrown in for album perspective.
 
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Mikko85
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Mikko85 Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 4:30 PM Quote
Very good read. I still think TBWNN is an underappreciated piece of work, seemingly even by Fran. Whether it was crafted as a whole with the same love that earlier albums were or not (and that's what Fran seems to be saying it wasn't, because of the pressure for it to be a big singles album) I think it causally flows really well and stands the test of time better than 12 Memories or Ode, I reckon.

Odd that he talks about Where You Stand being the first truly collaborative album in terms of songwriting, that started with TBWNN didn't it? The last true Fran album was 12 Memories wasn't it?
 
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happy_me Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 6:10 PM Quote
Mikko85 wrote:
I still think TBWNN is an underappreciated piece of work [...] I think it causally flows really well and stands the test of time better than 12 Memories or Ode, I reckon.


Really? I like TBWNN but I rarely listen to it. I just never get the urge to go get it and put it on, it sort of lacks substance to me. I agree with you about Ode, it's my least favourite album. But 12 memories is one of my absolute favourites. I didn't like it in the beginning, but it grew on me and I keep picking it up to listen to. I really love Mid-Life Krysis and How Many Hearts. And it helped me through a lot of heavy shit that happened in my life a few years back.
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 8:27 PM Quote
Yeah, I don't play TBWNN much, which is a shame because it has some really great songs on it. I just think it's really uneven.

Like Fran mentioned in the article, Battleships is one of Travis' best songs. I also think Sailing Away is, too (love singing along to that one). 3 Times and You Lose is their best opening track after Sing. My Eyes and Out in Space are also fantastic. But it's the one album of theirs that I end up skipping tracks on. Like, Closer, One Night (which is distractingly similar to Love Will Come Through), and Colder. They aren't necessarily bad songs but they don't do anything for me. I'd rather just listen to Battleships again.
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 8:27 PM Quote
Ugh this is getting annoying. That last post was by me.

- jigsawjo
 
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fenririel Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 8:37 PM Quote
Funny thing, I've always held TBWNM as my favourite album (which is a lot to say, because of TMW). But maybe that's because I like every single song, and I really love Closer.

By the way:

jigsawjo wrote:
3 Times and You Lose is their best opening track after Sing.


Isn't a third place a bit unfair to Writing To Reach You? Or Mother?
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 8:58 PM Quote
Writing To Reach you is wonderful no doubt! So is Mother. But I really love the atmosphere of 3 Times and You Lose.
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 9:17 PM Quote
After reading that; anyone know of a digital version of the "All I wanna do is rock 10""?
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 9:54 PM Quote
Excuse the quality! It's a poorly made recording from my crummy record player to my computer. Which means it may not have the same effect that Fran describes in that article, sadly.

I can't remember the last time I used drop box, or even if I've ever made something public there before, so lemme know if this doesn't work:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33920404/all_i_want_to_do_is_rock_1996_version.mp3

-jigsawjo
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Tue 20 Aug, 2013 10:24 PM Quote
Wow, thanks a lot for doing that! :) It really is very different. I do actually think I prefer it, is that really Fran singing? he sounds so different. Amazing!

Darwin.
 
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Dypebooggep Posted Wed 21 Aug, 2013 2:49 AM Quote
Loved this interview. Really enjoyed Fran's insight. Gotta say, TBWNN is right up there with the Man Who for me. It is a close call. Honestly if Where You Stand doesn't stop getting better and better it is going to be up there possibly for #1. Obviously it's a little early to cement that at this point.
 
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MusicGirl99 Posted Wed 21 Aug, 2013 8:15 PM Quote
Cheers for the link. Very informative. I think Fran is spot on with his observations--the casino analogy, the greatest hits record that didn't exist, and that they sound closest to Wings, which being a massive Beatles fan rings true.
TBWNN was overproduced and took two years to make and you can hear it in the final cut (but it has some killer tracks). Their next record was recorded fast and sounds fresh. Ode is certainly one of my faves. Surprising to read TIB was so difficult to record; it sounds very polished (in a good way). I'll always have a soft spot for 12M and never understood why, at the time, the band had to justify every song on it.
 
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Mikko85
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Mikko85 Posted Thu 22 Aug, 2013 7:05 AM Quote
12 Memories is an odd record for me. Re-Offender is brilliant. The similarly dark, deep stuff like Walking Down This Hill is brilliant too and Some Sad Song is a great hidden track, but in between I just find it an odd record. You've got Love Will come Come Through which is a classic but doesn't fit really because its 'classic' Travis in an album that has a very different tone, the more political stuff like Peace the fuck Out and The Beautiful Occupation, well they're hardly Travis' best material.

I find it probably the hardest to listen to as an album.
 
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