Ode to J. Smith These Scots made their name with pretty songs about falling rain and flowers in the window. Yet on this speedily recorded disc, they take a… Ode to J. Smith These Scots made their name with pretty songs about falling rain and flowers in the window. Yet on this speedily recorded disc, they take a… 2008-11-04 Travis Rock
Music Review

Ode to J. Smith (2008)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2008; Lead Performance: Travis; Genre: Rock

These Scots made their name with pretty songs about falling rain and flowers in the window. Yet on this speedily recorded disc, they take a surprising turn for the loud and fuzzy. The music crackles with an energy Travis haven’t mustered in years, but the typically lightweight tunes don't always justify the newfound tonnage, which makes Ode to J. Smith wear thin on repeat listens. A sharp but short-lived shock to the system. B–

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Originally posted Oct 29, 2008 Published in issue #1019 Nov 07, 2008 Order article reprints
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