The Invisible Band

Release date
10 Jun 2001
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sing 3:50 485,296
2 Dear Diary 2:56 120,033
3 Side 3:34 305,254
4 Pipe Dreams 4:04 140,650
5 Flowers in the Window 3:25 269,184
6 The Cage 3:05 110,750
7 Safe 4:22 107,431
8 Follow The Light 3:08 119,622
9 Last Train 3:16 105,128
10 Afterglow 4:05 107,399
11 Indefinitely 3:51 105,020
12 The Humpty Dumpty Love Song 5:01 99,036
13 Ring Out The Bell 6:42 7,185
14 You Don't Know What I'm Like 2:57 7,503

About this album

The Invisible Band is the third studio album from Scottish indie pop band Travis. The album was released on June 11, 2001. The title of the album makes reference to the band’s feelings regarding ‘music being more important than the band making it’. Band frontman Fran stated in an interview that the album’s title referred to the band’s status in ‘having famous songs, but not being famous themselves’. The album spent four weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart, selling more copies in that time than The Man Who managed in half a year.

Q Magazine said of the album, “While the wheel remains un-reinvented, The Invisible Band finds its mark with unerring accuracy”.[1] While Launch also said of the album, “Songs like the stirring “Side”, the delicate “Dear Diary”, and the glistening “Follow The Light” are among the best and most fully crafted of Fran Healy’s short but accomplished writing career”.[1] Leonard’s Lair fully reviewed the album, claiming that, “Along with Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’, ‘The Man Who’ slowly became one of the ubiquitous releases at the turn of the century. Yet although the likes of ‘Turn’ and ‘Driftwood’ were undeniably easy on the ear paradigms for thoughtful indie/adult rock, they seemed to lack any kind of edge to go further particularly on the unremarkable ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ which was in danger of becoming their musical albatross. It seems as they have never been away but the follow-up release signifies their intention to become known as an albums band.

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