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  • Summary: Paul McCartney and Neko Case appear as guest performers on the Travis frontman's debut solo album.
  • Record Label: Rykodisc
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Wreckorder is the sound of a songwriter firmly embodying the spirit of Britpop and testing himself. "Sing Me To Sleep," and "As It Comes," also point towards signs of maturation that were never seen in the Travis back catalog.
  2. Oct 22, 2010
    76
    Sure, the sound is still post-Britpop, but Fran Healy isn't turning any corners or wrecking any orders here. However, the effortless craftsmanship and wide range on Wreckorder's ten tracks somehow work to perfection.
  3. In spite of the throwaway moments, however, Wreckorder proves to be Healy's most thoughtful work since Travis' The Invisible Band.
  4. The rest of the album plods along nicely, Healy's lullaby vocals soothing their way through single Buttercups and sure-to-be follow-up single Anything, which will sit quite happily alongside the likes of Driftwood and Sing.
  5. Oct 26, 2010
    60
    Wreckorder fluctuates between orchestral and acoustic. Healy changes his tone and style from song to song without a hint of disparity. [Fall 2010, p.61]
  6. Healy's yearning, earthy croon is well intact here, and although he doesn't try to upstage his main band's act, longtime Travis fans and anybody in the mood for heartfelt, smartly crafted folk-pop should find much to enjoy on Wreckorder.
  7. Lyrically, though, he's got strangely little of interest to say, no a particularly distinctive way of saying it. [Nov 2010, p.111]

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