In many ways, Travis's refusal to bow to the zeitgeist is admirable – here is a band unconcerned with chasing trends and fads like so many others. Yet lyrically, Healy occasionally sounds as if he's trying to stay relevant, but comes off sounding forced. Paralyzed, which begins like an off-cut from Arcade Fire's Funeral album, has the singer inducing cringes with the line, "When you Twitter your opinion" and, later, drops a mention of the Kardashians. The gently drifting All Of The Places finds him detailing finding "another villain, bring him the bad news/Open up The Daily Mail and it's enough to lose your mind/You've had it up to here". That those words are delivered in a hushed, soft tone means they lose any of the anger or dissatisfaction they could have had.
A missed opportunity? Maybe, but then no one really turns to a Travis record to put the world to rights. After all, you always know what you're going to get with them – something nice, but never too troubling.
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