Fran Healy and company find
themselves back on the good foot
half-spoken delivery of Bono. Which is not to say that it is lacking
originality. In fact, this may be the furthest Travis has removed
itself from its catalog, with lyrics driven by a more outrospective
narrative. “J. Smith,” with its Latin choir, carries the mystic
of Gregorian chants juxtaposed against screaming electric guitar.
“Broken Mirror” is punctuated with the thoughtful use of hi-hat
and an unhurried rhythm. Tracks such as “Friends” and “Before
You Were Young” have seemingly resulted from the band writing the
album completely on electric guitar, a first since its 1997 debut
Good Feeling. Consider it, then, an ode to what listeners
liked about Travis in the first place.