Fran Healy – Wreckorder (Rykodisc / Warner Music Canada)

The sweet, gentle vocalist from Scottish band Travis, Fran Healy opts for a lush, dreamy approach on this, his solo debut,x introducing strings and more into many of the record’s ten tracks. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the Travis tree but Healy doesn’t outright mimic his full-time band either. With guest appearances by Neko Case and Paul McCartney on the playful Sing Me To Sleep and As It Comes, you can’t help but feel that he is more interested in paying tribute to something greater than his Brit-rock roots.