Shirley Halperin
May 11, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Before Coldplay and Keane, Glasgow’s Travis, with the success of 2001’s ”Sing,” helped popularize the piano-led sound from the other side of the pond. But as the years went by (sans U.S. radio hit), the band would increasingly be mistaken for disciples rather than founders of the scene. Ironically, five albums in, they’re playing catch-up on The Boy Without A Name, choosing more elaborate arrangements (complete with strings and glorious guitars) over structured potential singles. The loose vibe works, but unlike ”Sing,” humming along won’t come naturally. B-

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