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The Man Who

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After a debut album that presented Travis as mostly cheerful Brit-poppers and had a clear, crisp Steve Lillywhite production, the band changed things up on their second album, The Man Who. The foursome turned to Radiohead and Beck producer Nigel Goodrich to give their sound some depth while also writing a batch of songs that delved deeply into melancholy and sadness. So much so that when the record label first heard the results, they sent the band back into the studio to write some more upbeat tunes. Songwriter Fran Healy responded with "Driftwood," a seriously catchy song that nobody would dare call cheerful. The dourness and gloom of the songs is a perfect fit for the richly spacious production Goodrich brings to the table and Healy's majestically crooned vocals. He has pipes and range enough to fill a stadium or whisper in the listeners' ear just as convincingly. The band proves skilled at crafting big, echoing songs that never lapse into pomposity and can be taken down to low volumes and not lose any intensity. "Driftwood" is one stunning example of their blend of quiet tenderness and expansive reach; its acoustic guitar underpinnings, soaring guitar lines, strings, and Healy's heavenly vocals all combine to drive the song deep into the memory. Even more sticky is the band's early career highlight, "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" It's a jangling, heartbreaking song with a huge chorus, beautiful strings, subtle production, and truly lovely vocals. These two tracks are hard to match, but much of the album comes close. "The Fear" is rambling, loosely played, dark pop that conjures up vintage Van Morrison, "She's So Strange" is a lilting Beatlesque ballad with nice vocal harmonies, and "Writing to Reach You," with its rollicking tempo and fiery guitar leads, almost rocks in context. Only "Turn" strays a bit too far into overwrought territory and sounds out of place among the other quietly melancholic and blue songs. The band and Goodrich work hard to create a mood and apart from that one song -- and the much heavier "Blue Flashing Lights" that the band added as a secret track -- it remains unbroken and a heavy gloom lingers over the songs, which gives the soft melodies and sympathetic performances some real weight. The Man Who is a career-defining record for Travis, setting a course for their brand of medium drama guitar pop and trumpeting Fran Healy as one of the great voices of early-2000s British pop.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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1
Writing To Reach You
00:03:41

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
The Fear
00:04:12

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
As You Are
00:04:14

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Driftwood
00:03:33

NIGEL GODRICH, Producer - Travis, MainArtist - F Healy, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
00:04:20

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
Turn
00:04:24

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
00:04:25

Francis Healy, ComposerLyricist - NIGEL GODRICH, Producer - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Independiente Ltd.

8
Luv
00:04:55

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
She's So Strange
00:03:15

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
Slide Show
00:10:31

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Green Behind The Ears
00:03:39

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Recording Producer - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Only Molly Knows
00:03:19

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
00:03:48

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Recording Producer - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
High As A Kite
00:02:31

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Recording Producer - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Be My Baby
00:05:15

PHIL SPECTOR, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Barry, ComposerLyricist - Ellie Greenwich, ComposerLyricist - NIGEL GODRICH, Producer, Recording Producer - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
Where Is The Love
00:04:19

Francis Healy, ComposerLyricist - NIGEL GODRICH, Producer, Recording Producer - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
Village Man
00:03:18

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
Driftwood Live At The Link Café / 1999
00:04:07

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
The Urge For Going
00:06:03

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Joni Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
Slide Show Live At The Link Café / 1999
00:03:14

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
River
00:03:56

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Joni Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

12
Days Of Our Lives
00:05:42

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

13
We Are Monkeys
00:03:04

Francis Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

14
Baby One More Time In Session
00:03:32

Travis, MainArtist - MARTIN MAX, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

15
Coming Around
00:03:07

Fran Healy, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist

℗ 2016 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

16
Just The Faces Change
00:02:25

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Travis, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Recording Producer - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

17
The Connection
00:03:44

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Mark Wallis, Producer, Recording Producer - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

18
Rock 'N' (Salad) Roll
00:02:00

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

19
The Weight
00:05:12

Francis Healy, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis, MainArtist - Douglas Payne, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Primrose, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Dunlop, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

Album Description

After a debut album that presented Travis as mostly cheerful Brit-poppers and had a clear, crisp Steve Lillywhite production, the band changed things up on their second album, The Man Who. The foursome turned to Radiohead and Beck producer Nigel Goodrich to give their sound some depth while also writing a batch of songs that delved deeply into melancholy and sadness. So much so that when the record label first heard the results, they sent the band back into the studio to write some more upbeat tunes. Songwriter Fran Healy responded with "Driftwood," a seriously catchy song that nobody would dare call cheerful. The dourness and gloom of the songs is a perfect fit for the richly spacious production Goodrich brings to the table and Healy's majestically crooned vocals. He has pipes and range enough to fill a stadium or whisper in the listeners' ear just as convincingly. The band proves skilled at crafting big, echoing songs that never lapse into pomposity and can be taken down to low volumes and not lose any intensity. "Driftwood" is one stunning example of their blend of quiet tenderness and expansive reach; its acoustic guitar underpinnings, soaring guitar lines, strings, and Healy's heavenly vocals all combine to drive the song deep into the memory. Even more sticky is the band's early career highlight, "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" It's a jangling, heartbreaking song with a huge chorus, beautiful strings, subtle production, and truly lovely vocals. These two tracks are hard to match, but much of the album comes close. "The Fear" is rambling, loosely played, dark pop that conjures up vintage Van Morrison, "She's So Strange" is a lilting Beatlesque ballad with nice vocal harmonies, and "Writing to Reach You," with its rollicking tempo and fiery guitar leads, almost rocks in context. Only "Turn" strays a bit too far into overwrought territory and sounds out of place among the other quietly melancholic and blue songs. The band and Goodrich work hard to create a mood and apart from that one song -- and the much heavier "Blue Flashing Lights" that the band added as a secret track -- it remains unbroken and a heavy gloom lingers over the songs, which gives the soft melodies and sympathetic performances some real weight. The Man Who is a career-defining record for Travis, setting a course for their brand of medium drama guitar pop and trumpeting Fran Healy as one of the great voices of early-2000s British pop.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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