The Invisible Band

The Invisible Band is the third studio album by Scottish rock band Travis. It was first released on 11 June 2001 in the United Kingdom by Independiente and a day later in the United States by Epic Records. 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 Healy stated in an interview that the album's title referred to the band's status of 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 their previous album, The Man Who, managed in half a year. The Invisible Band was another strong seller from the band following their previous album, The Man Who, eventually becoming with 97th best-selling album of the 2000s decade in the United Kingdom. The Invisible Band received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71 based on 17 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Q magazine said of the album, "While the wheel remains un-reinvented, The Invisible Band finds its mark with unerring accuracy". 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". Q also listed it as one of the best 50 albums of 2001. 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.
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