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Luv Hurts: Travis' The Man Who

James Hunter, L.A. Weekly, 17 May 2000

POP RECORDS can come with some pretty heavy reps. Travis' The Man Who appears in the U.S. after moving two and a half million copies in Britain, where it was 1999's sales leader. And indeed, this amazingly mature second album from the Scottish quartet seems sprung from another solar system entirely rather than an America full of gleaming teenpoppers hot to sing Diane Warren, and rock and hip-hop acts impressed with the culture of the World Wrestling Federation. Yet into this world fall Travis. They are former art-schoolers who title their album after Oliver Sacks' book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and dedicate it to the late Stanley Kubrick. They're just a touch different.

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