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Fran HealyAudio CD
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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 (October 5, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B003Y01JBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wreckorder is the debut solo album from Fran Healy, lead singer and main songwriter of acclaimed Scottish rock band Travis. The album is the work of a quintessential pop songwriter. Artists such as Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) have cited Healy's sophisticated and atmospheric arrangements as a major influence on their own sound. The 10 tracks that make up WRECKORDER are as exceptionally literate as they are emotionally challenging. The collection of songs include a duet with Neko Case, Paul McCartney on bass for "As It Comes" and the guitar-rich first single, "Buttercups".

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust to Good Songs October 7, 2010
By Tyro
Format:Audio CD
So, there's this poet, Robert Herrick, who wrote a comic poem about - what do you do when there are too many bad poets who only write for money? Herrick's answer? "Trust to good verses, then."

So: make way for a songwriter who isn't cool anymore, but who truly has the McCartney gift for unforgettable melodies. At one time Travis was one of the biggest bands in the world. Even Chris Martin said that without Travis there would have been no Coldplay. But Travis made their career by being likable and modest. They never became as high-flown and cosmic as Coldplay did with "X&Y." Their music has an everyday, very English, humility and charm. But that shouldn't deceive anyone: it's classic pop.

Fran's solo album shows him in a relaxed and playful mood, taking a "holiday," as it were. As you listen, the songs start playing in the back of your mind like an easygoing, comforting soundtrack. After a while, they start following you around. You'll remember this album when the latest producer-oriented music sounds empty.

Fran wrote and played almost everything here. He invites Paul McCartney to play bass and Neko Case for a lovely duet. He's a true musician as well as a fine singer with a Jeff Buckleyesque range. And, in his time, he won a lot of awards as one of the world's best songwriters.

So, what do you do when your band has gone indie and experienced falling record sales? When you're older and London kids aren't copying your faux-hawk anymore? When no one cares about your feud with Oasis?

Trust to good songs. Try this album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travis frontman goes solo with amazing results October 5, 2010
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"Wreckorder" finds Travis front man Fran Healy as poignantly fragile and emotive as ever against a largely melodic and soft set of songs. If you loved Travis songs like "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?", "Flowers In The Window", and" Side", then you're in for a treat.

Every song is hugely melodic with an air of familiarity about them, from opener the gently swaying "In The Morning", the guitar/string-swathed "Anything", the adorable "Sing Me To Sleep" a Chris Isaak-channeling duet with Neko Case, "Fly In The Ointment" (very Travis), the quivering "As It Comes" (with Paul McCartney on bass), "Buttercups" (in which he confesses "I tried to buy you roses, but all the stars were closed / So all I have is buttercups"), to the moody "Shadow Boxing" (with sweeping strings and jazzy piano).

"Rocking Chair", unlike the image the name conjures, is a tender acoustic reminisce of a grandfather, recalling Nixon, Fred Astaire, and more, while the truly adorable "Moonshine" is Jazzy Folk (if there's anything like that). This is an album to absolutely adore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the video! October 28, 2011
By Elphy
Format:Audio CD
Fran Healy is one of the most talented singer/songwriters of our time, despite that he isn't nearly as famous as others like Chris, Billy Joe or even Liam Gallagher but I assure you there's quality in his music, after I listened to this album at a friend's house I had to buy it because 1.- I don't know when/if ever Travis will get back together, 2.- I don't know when/if Fran Healy would be releasing another album, so for all of us still pining for the band, here's a little taste of what might come in the future.
P.S. Watch the video "Buttercups" it's really funny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fran Healy of Travis... A True Artist March 5, 2011
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This is what happens when a true artist releases pure songs without accountants & record executives breathing down their neck. Travis has always been unique that way, independent from recording labels and real. How Fran puts to shame the "flavor of the month" crap-pop that dominates radio stations everyday, every night. Fran and Travis haven't "broken" America yet because they are still untouched by recording industry politics, not because they aren't great or arguably one of the best. I wasn't a Travis fan 3 years ago, but only because I had never heard them before then. If people just hear them and know they exist, they will have a new favorite band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, brilliant, beautiful October 28, 2010
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I have enjoyed music from Healy's band Travis over the years. Fran's beautiful yet understated vocals were always a great thing to me. In this album, Fran is able to really let go, and the result if worth the effort. This album wraps itself around you like a fluffy bathrobe. Although it has some darker lyrics, Fran's voice is comforting and familiar with a gorgeous falsetto. Those of us who have reached a certain age bring life experiences to the table and it is obvious that some of the lessons Fran has learned over the years have put a stamp on this work. He is happier now, with a wife and young son. There is an inherent optimism even in some of the darker lyrics. For me, Travis albums, although nice, always had a couple of throwaways on them. This is not the case with this album, but the standout track for me is "Buttercups" The lyrics, vocal, and the arrangement and production combine to make a modern pop gem. It is unfortunate that this album will be ignored by the mainstream. Instead they can listen to Ke$ha, et al crank out their latest piece of crap. I'll stick with the lesser known but way more talented Mr. Healy. I'm not going to review each track individually. They are all beautiful facets in a lovely diamond of an album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible Man. December 17, 2010
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You can hear the evolution of depression as it slowly settles over Fran Healy with each passing Travis album. From the exuberant rocking debut "Good Thing" to his first solo album "Wreckorder". Healy makes melancholy warm and inviting, if not a little dull and uninspiring.

"Wreckorder" is his first solo outing, and I purchased it with trepidation. It seems this is a new trend now--to go solo. Not that it hasn't been done before, but there seems to be an awful lot of it going around like Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Paul Banks of Interpol, and now Fran Healy.

Fran doesn't stray too far from what he has been doing with Travis. That's not to say this is a Travis album, no, there is a sense of melodic comfort here in each song which has been missing from the past three Travis albums. "Wreckorder" is no masterpiece, and it didn't make me think Mr. Healy should abandon Travis all together.

The three best tracks are "In The Morning" with its haunting nightmarish urgency, "As It Comes" with its wry observation on a disintegrating relationship, and "Moonshine" with its shuffling tale of late night adventure. "Anything" and "Sing Me To Sleep" aren't bad either. The whole album is pleasant and holds together well. It's just that when it's all over it really isn't all that memorable. Like eating a Twinkie it tastes good at the moment and then it's quickly forgotten. Such is the case here.

I am stumped as to what I want from Mr. Healy, and Travis for that matter. You know some bands just sputter and die out because they've run their course, and they no longer have something fresh to offer. That's the conclusion I've reached with Travis/Fran Healy. It's been almost ten years since the band, or the man, have sounded interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Travis if that's what you're looking for
Healy's solo album is not Travis, so naturally it is going to have a different feel to it. The album is pleasant, but I happen to like to guitar work in Travis. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Lawrence
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish at best
I am saddened and shocked at how bad this album truly is. The songwriting is repetitive, simplistic, and lyrically embarrassing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diana Black
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
We love the band Travis. so I bought this CD from the lead singer and loved it. listen to it all the time.
Published 14 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fran Healy
A lovely album from Travis' Fran Healy. The songs are typical Fran, beautiful melodies with thoughtful lyrics. If you're a fan of Travis, you'll likely love this album as well.
Published on December 8, 2010 by Melanie Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Even Sir Paul Could Not Help.
I've been a big fan of Travis ever since the "Good Feeling". I loved the first 3 albums, I was dishearted by the sad vibes of the "12 Memories", pleasantly surprised by the return... Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Sorry Entertainer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent body of work that grows on you
Fran has delivered a set of songs that are endearing, and like most Travis songs, lack catchy pop hooks but make up for that in sheer sincerity. Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by yoursdhruly
5.0 out of 5 stars A great listen....
This is a fine album. For Travis fans, it is different enough to be new, but has enough familiarity to be enjoyed by fans of the band. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by Beans-N-Toast
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