Travis - The Man Who review: Album is as powerful now as it was 19 years ago

Travis. Picture: PAT POPE

Travis. Picture: PAT POPE - Credit: Pat Pope

Vitality, talent, commitment and a sprinkling of luck contributed to the launch of Travis’ multi-million selling album The Man Who.

Travis. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Travis. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Contributed

Delivering a fusion of Morrissey-like lyricism and Oasis-inspired thrash, the Ipswich Regent audience were reminded of why its morose, meaningful tracks remain as resonant and powerful today as they did some 19 years ago.

Albeit with a little encouragement from lead singer-songwriter Fran Healy, the crowd were soon unseated and initiated by Writing to Reach You, The Fear, As You Are and Driftwood.

Encouraged by the entertaining Andy Dunlop on lead guitar and banjo and with Healy finally conversing with the patrons five songs into the set, the enthusiastic viewers responded appreciatively; with “Dave” on piano also receiving warm applause following his Jools Holland-esque solo.

Following through with Turn and the bouncy Why Does It Always Rain on Me, the crowd were treated to a - literally - blinding, energetic emotional performance of Blue Flashing Life.

With an unavoidable diversion into The Man Who successor album tunes - Flowers in the Window a highlight and a not to be referenced cover version, c’mon lads - the All I Want To Do Is Rock concluded the performance heartfully.

Uncomplicated, melodic and deep, it’s not difficult to appreciate why the graceful tunes of The Man Who still compete favourably for air-time and neither is it surprising the 17-gig tour commands a healthy appreciative crowd. Introduce it to the future generation.

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