SET LOOSE: Fran Healy (Travis) Releases First Solo Album: Wreckorder

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Collaborations, Hot Trax, New Album Release
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In another frontman-gone-solo move, Fran Healy of Scottish band Travis, has finally released his first solo effort today titled Wreckorder. The album keeps the Travis  influence throughout with a good balance of what the albums The Invisible Band and Ode to J. Smith offered.  There’s no real departure or experimenting of other genres with this album, but Healy is smart enough to understand that his audience wouldn’t want or care for a new direction.  In some ways, it falls darker than what we’re used to from Travis, but that’s what makes the entire album great.  Surprisingly one of the darker songs is “As It Comes”, his collaboration with Paul McCartney (who managed to persuade Healy to become a vegetarian during the recording process of the song).  Neko Case also offers vocals on “Sing Me To Sleep”.

The new video for the first single, “Buttercups”, takes us through Healy’s relationship timeline – the good, bad, and the ugly – and that’s something he’s always loved to share with us  – solo or not.

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