Since the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to live concerts anyone starved of their musical rush has had to rely upon the release of a plethora of new material and Travis is no exception with their ninth studio album, 10 Songs.

Simply titled it is what it says on the tin, ten songs that showcase good song writing and mellow melodies which are instantly recognizable as Travis, but they are one of those bands who have made a massive impact without ever really releasing anything that takes them out of their comfort zone. And in these uncertain times, that it just what is needed.

Opening track Waving At The Windows is a good start with its fast moving piano piece accompanied by a hypnotic bass line which brings this strong song to an end and which features front man Healy’s fragile yet bold vocals.

Up next is the lovely string enhanced The Only Thing, which features The Bangles Susanna Hoffs and which is undoubtedly one of the band’s finest songs. The emotional lyrics are both sad and funny and with Hoffs being Healy’s romantic foil, this duet is the epitome of what Travis do very well; memorable song writing. This track alone is well worth the purchase price.

Valentine begins with a few acoustic strums to set the scene before the electricity hits and Travis’ rock background shines through with its stomping beat and edgy melody. The country saunter of Butterflies is another great track with its affecting harmonies and steel guitar. It has a relaxed vibe which will certainly be a fans favourite.

A Million Hearts is another album highlight with its tripping bass line and lovely piano refrain. It is what Travis do best; romantic lyrics and a sing along ballad. Livening up the second half of the album is a spirited stomp that is A Ghost which sees the band flexing some muscle. With its substantial air play it will already be familiar to many. This track is the Travis that we know and love, a toe tapping tune that entices with vibrating energy.

All Fall Down and the first single release from the album, Kissing In The Wind are classic Travis songs with sounds that sum up the band today. With Healy still able to insinuate wonderful melodies, he keeps both of these tracks on course as he fills the songs with emotion through his stories.

Nina’s Song is the albums big ballad with gorgeous strings soaring and gliding over a charming melody and No Love Lost brings the album to a close with one of Healy’s finest piano pieces to enhance its gentle and emotional vocals.

10 Songs does not present any ghastly surprises for fans of the band. It delivers exactly what you would expect from Travis after a quarter of a century of proven Britpop prowess. With this album they continue to impress with a complete harmony of sound and energy and is perfect to listen to during these troubled times when consistency is welcomed.

Travis can still be relied upon for producing fleeting feel good moments and that is what 10 Songs does; it allows you to simply melt into the songs whilst reassuring that all will be well in the world.

Our Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Number of tracks: 10

Running time: 37:52

Released on: BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

Release date: 9th October 2020

Formats: CD/Vinyl/DL

To purchase: https://travis.tmstor.es

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