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Travis - Everything at Once

by James Weiskittel Rating:5 Release Date:2016-04-29

Glasgow-based Travis are a classic example of where a band spends years honing their sound en-route to what most of their fanbase ultimately misconstrue as ‘overnight’ success. When the band’s second album, The Man Who, broke down doors back in 1999, Travis was quickly lumped into a scene full of acts which they had preceded for years. But in the wake of their success, the band quickly entered into a period of artistic stagnation, seemingly chasing their proverbial tails for the next decade or so.  

After a brief hiatus, the band returned with 2013’s solid comeback, Where You Stand, a release that found the group refreshed, revitalized and collaborating for the first time in years. Now Travis is set to release Everything at Once, an album that ultimately shows the Scottish band still reveling in their tried and true brand of indie rock, this time with an almost workmanlike precision.

The ten tracks that comprise Everything at Once are lean and mean, each focusing a melody or hook that gets in and gets out long before it ever has a chance to over-stay its welcome. The feisty single “Magnificent Time” showcases the band’s oft-underutilized ability to straight ahead rock, while “3 Miles High” is mid-tempo by numbers.  The album both opens (with the dutiful “What Will Come”) and closes (with the pensive “Strangers on a Train”) unassumingly while the in-between songs ebb and flow predictably within the spectrum of the band’s already per-ordained sound.

In fact, if there is a spectrum for this ilk of bands then the fine line that exists between the woeful indulgence of ‘sad-bastard’ acoustic rock (Coldplay: then) and pompously self-serving electro-pop (Coldplay: now) is actually straddled quite impressively by Everything at Once.  Un-offending, unassuming and dare I say, adult-contemporary-ish rock is where Travis may be right now, but regardless of where you fall with the band, Everything at Once proves once again that the safest route is almost always somewhere in the middle.


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