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“If you’re the singer in a band, people always ask, ‘Are you gonna go solo?’” says Fran Healy. “My answer was always, ‘Why would I do that? I’m in the best band in the world.’ But last year, out of the blue, I suddenly thought, okay, it’s time.”

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA
  • ASIN: B0040EJ6Q6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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FRAN HEALY Wreckorder (2010 UK 10-track CD album - Fran Healy lead singer and main songwriter of hugely successful rock band Travis presents his debut solo album Wreckorder. Recorded in Berlin New York and Vermont the 10 tracks that make up the record also include a duet with US breakthrough songstress Neko Case on the gloriously laid back Sing Me To Sleep the soaring In The Morning and the teasing Moonshine. Notably the dramatic waltz of As It Comes features Sir Paul McCartney on bass)

BBC Review

Let’s get the shock news out of the way first: a lot of this album does sound like Travis.

Actually, you’d be mad to think that it wouldn’t, as the sound of that band is so intimately connected to Fran Healy, his mournful songs and plaintive wail. It’s what he does.

So for him to put together a new album on his own label, and sing them in that time-worn voice, well, it’s going to jangle the memory a bit. Even without Dougie camping it up, stage left.

The question is whether sounding like Travis in this day and age is a prospect which fills you, the listener, with delight or despair.

Lead single Buttercups is a sad tale of an on-the-cheap romantic gesture being tossed to one side, and it’s still got that old melancholy magic to it. It does the thing that Fran does best, which is find a light, humble way to make quite an angry point about where our heads are at these days.

Fly in the Ointment even has that Why Does It Always Rain on Me? swagger to it, even if it does display a far more jaundiced, finger-pointing view of humanity. Never mind telling a teenage lie, the protagonist in this song is a grump who is just trying to get everyone out of his face so he can go and get a drink.

It does feel a little strange that the chance to throw in a colliery brass band or dubstep breakdown has been largely ignored. Holiday is so close to being Writing to Reach You in arrangement, you wonder why he didn’t ditch the chiming guitar, in favour of something else. But then, why should he?

Yes, he’s got Paul McCartney playing slurpy bass on As It Comes, and Neko Case pops up on the countrified duet Sing Me to Sleep, but there’s no escaping the sound of his past.

Nor any sense that it’s a past that needs to be escaped from.

--Fraser McAlpine

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Holt on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's not often in this digital day and age where you have a collection of songs on a record which just 'hits the spot'. I first listened to this lying on a beach in Majorca and was blown away by its richness and beauty. Ok, it was probably the best place I could have listened to such an album, but it has not left my car, home stereo, Ipod ever since. It reminds me a lot of The Man Who, which in my opinion is Travis's best work by far. So for Fran to write and produce something which is pretty much on par with that, minus the rest of his band is quite remarkable! I can't stop listening to 'Anything' which is in my opinion one of the best songs Fran has ever written. As for the BBC reviewer above who says 'it sounds like a Travis record' and making out that is a bad thing - of course it does! What did you expect it to sound like, Iron Maiden?! What a prized donut!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George Smith on 4 Oct. 2010
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Fran Healy has yet again written an amazing album full of amazing songs. This could possibly be his strongest set of songs yet. Full of beautiful melodies, his lyrics are as good as ever and getting better. His voice is as strong as ever. High points of this album are "Anything" , "Sing Me To Sleep" , "Buttercups" and "Holiday". "Anything" and "Sing Me To Sleep" are two of the most beautiful songs Fran has written. This album will leave you wanting more and more. Amazing album. 10/10!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig G. Williams on 4 Oct. 2010
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I have been a massive Travis fan since they first started. It's great to see Fran going solo and trying something new! he has and still is one of the best songwriters around! this album is a great collection of songs! I hope this album gets the recognition and airplay it deserves! and does well in the charts too!! Well done Fran!!
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As a Scot I was fond of Travis but they drifted into the background through their inactivity. I stumbled across 'sing me to sleep' on You Tube and was hooked enough to explore further. What a fabulous album, just moves smoothly through every track from beginning to end. Fran is at the top of his game here. Explore it for yourself you will not be disappointed.
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By Georgie on 14 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album takes me back to how I felt when I first discovered Travis. There is not a bad track on it. Bought Ode To J. Smith at the same time and much prefer Wreckorder.
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By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2011
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If you played this to me for the first time without telling me anything, I'd tell you this was a Travis album.

I'd be pleased, because I like Travis albums, and I'd be surprised when you told me that it was just Fran. This tells you two things.
1. Fran is the driving force behind everything in Travis, from the lyrics to the music to the production.
2. Fran wanted to record some songs with other people (McCartney for example) and he couldn't do that as a Travis album. So he did it solo.

And that's it, if you like The Invisible Band, The Man Who or The Boy With No Name (as these are the most similar in style), then you will like this.
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By Chantal Smith on 2 May 2011
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A great album as you would expect from Fran Healy. I really wasn't sure when I first heard it but after a couple of play throughs in the car it is my current favourite and one which I think I will come back to time and time again. It is the sort of album you can listen to now but will still be relevant in years to come. There is obviously a Travis feel to the album but that's not at all a bad thing and Fran certainly also shows that he can stand alone as a solo artist.
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