Music: The Man Who

Travis

The London-based Scottish rock band Travis makes music that sounds like the sound track to a troubled sleep. On this satisfying new album, its songs are gentle but insistent, melancholic but always melodious. At times the band comes off like a more polite, slightly less experimental version of the art-rock band Radiohead. Although the majority of the tracks on this CD--including the mellow Driftwood, the mopey Why Does It Always Rain on Me?--are quiet and introspective, Travis never comes across as wimpy or insubstantial.

--By Christopher John Farley

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