Sad to think that Travistan review pretty much destroyed the first solo album from the frontman of my favourite band at the time. It wasn’t a great album, but Represent alone made it deserve a higher score than that. So many reviews that came out of it shortly after that Pitchfork one which criticised exactly the same things, no-one daring to say it was any good. Can’t remember if it’s my memory distortion but I think it came out before the album was released, when they weren’t as strict about when exactly reviews went up on the site, I can’t remember though.
Conversely, Travis nor the reformed D-Plan didn’t release anything worthy of their back catalogue post-Change, so maybe the review was just a convenient scapegoat after all. It seemed to be when they moved away from all of their hardcore influences that only the Ben Folds-esque quirky shit was what remained. All Y’all was the best example of it working in my opinion, but even that was patchy.
I’d have written them off entirely if it weren’t for me liking this track so much https://theburlies.bandcamp.com/track/the-ocean.
Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent.