Unfairly maligned for favouring gentle melodies and the fragility of Fran Healy’s delicate vocals, Travis have become something of a synonym for bedwetter indie, irrespective of the fact that they’re currently producing some of the finest music of their career to date.
There are at least half a dozen punch-the-air melodies on ‘Where You Stand’, including the title track’s mid-paced affirmation of love and the winningly perky ‘On My Wall’.
Lyrically, the odd line prompts a wince, but when the indie jangle ratio is this high, it’s hard to complain.
New fans will not be won, but the initiated will be delighted.
Words: Gareth James
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