Wreckorder

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Wreckorder
Studio album by Fran Healy
Released 4 October 2010
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Rock, soft rock
Length 33:58
Label Wreckord Label
Producer Emery Dobyns, Fran Healy
Singles from Wreckorder
  1. "Holiday"
    Released: 17 September 2010 [1]
  2. "Buttercups"
    Released: 4 October 2010[2]
  3. "Sing Me to Sleep"
    Released: 7 January 2011 [3]
  4. "Fly in the Ointment"
    Released: 21 February 2011[4]

Wreckorder is the debut solo album from Travis frontman, Fran Healy. The album was released on 4 October 2010,[5] on Healy's private label, WreckordLabel.[6] The album was recorded in late 2009 in Berlin and New York, before being completed in Vermont in early 2010.[7][8] It was produced by Emery Dobyns, with contributions from Paul McCartney, Neko Case and Noah and the Whale's Tom Hobden.[9] The album is available in standard and deluxe editions,[10] and debuted at number 76 on the UK Albums Chart.

Background[edit]

The cover for the album was photographed by Tim Barber. In an interview for his official website, Healy claimed that "I wanted a portrait of what I looked like at that very second. I wanted to show that I was no longer the little boy that appeared on the inside sleeve of The Man Who. I did think about other images, but they just didn't feel right. This one looked particularly cool."[11]

As a thank you for his work on the album, Healy honoured Paul McCartney by becoming a vegetarian. "My wife and I were sitting at the table, thinking of a way to thank Paul, and I suggested becoming a vegetarian. As our son is already a vegetarian, all it required was jumping onto the same boat. When I met Paul at one of his gigs in Berlin, I told him and he was visibly flabbergasted. Three days later the FedEx man delivered three Linda McCartney cookbooks."[7][8]

In August 2010, Healy announced that the first single from the album would be "Buttercups".[12] In an interview for Spin magazine, Healy revealed: "'Buttercups' was written about an experience in my art school days, when my then girlfriend turned her nose up at flowers I had picked for her. I couldn't afford fancy roses, so I thought that hand-picked flowers would be more romantic. She didn't think so. That relationship didn't last long."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 4.5/5 stars[15]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[16]
antiMusic 3/5 stars[17]
BBC Music 3/5 stars[18]
Decoy Music 4.5/5 stars[19]
Filter 83%[20]
Glide Magazine 4.5/5 stars[21]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[22]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[23]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[24]

Wreckorder received generally favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 13 reviews.[14]

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "In the Morning"   2:53
2. "Anything"   4:14
3. "Sing Me to Sleep" (featuring Neko Case) 3:59
4. "Fly in the Ointment"   3:13
5. "As It Comes"   2:45
6. "Buttercups"   3:56
7. "Shadow Boxing"   4:35
8. "Holiday"   3:42
9. "Rocking Chair"   3:06
10. "Moonshine"   2:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0043V2HQW
  2. ^ "Travisonline". 
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004H47SN2
  4. ^ "Travisonline". 
  5. ^ "HMV - Music, Films, & Games - HMV.com". HMV.com - home of entertainment. 
  6. ^ Jason Gregory. "Paul McCartney To Appear On Travis Star Fran Healy's Debut Solo Album". Giant Digital 2001-2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Michaels, Sean (5 January 2010). "Travis' Fran Healy goes vegetarian for Paul McCartney". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Murray, Robin (5 January 2010). "Paul McCartney For Travis Project". Clash. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.franhealy.com Official site of Fran Healy
  10. ^ "HMV - Music, Films, & Games - HMV.com". HMV.com - home of entertainment. 
  11. ^ Healy, Fran. "W R E C K O R D E R". franhealy.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Fran Healy Announces Solo Album". Sentimentalist Magazine. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  13. ^ Spofford, Avery (22 July 2010). "EXCLUSIVE SONG: Travis' Fran Healy Goes Solo". Spin. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Reviews for Wreckorder by Fran Healy". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Fran Healy - Wreckorder". AbsolutePunk.net. 
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1945674
  17. ^ "antiMusic.com: Fran Healy - Wreckorder Review". 
  18. ^ "BBC - Music - Review of Fran Healy - Wreckorder". 
  19. ^ Deal, Jeremy (23 September 2010). "Fran Healy - Wreckorder Review". Decoy Music. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Jespersen, Laura (14 September 2010). "Reviews - Fran Healy". Filter. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.glidemagazine.com/articles/56333/fran-healy.html[dead link]
  22. ^ Clarke, Helen (4 October 2010). "Fran Healy – Wreckorder". musicOMH. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Garratt, John (3 October 2010). "Fran Healy: Wreckorder". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  24. ^ Jones, Huw (4 October 2010). "Fran Healy: Wreckorder". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 29 October 2014.