Thursday, November 30, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: The Wreckers' album takes a 'Stand'

Best album of 2006: Grammy-winning singer Michelle Branch left behind the pop music and turned to country with the help from fellow singer/songerwriter and Kansas City native Jessica Harp. The duo formed The Wreckers and its debut CD from this past year Stand Still, Look Pretty (Maverick Records) country music has never sounded so good.

I would admit that I was not into country music before I decided to pick up this CD and put into my CD player. However, upon listening to the group's first single release, "Leave the Pieces" everything I thought I knew about country music was either an illusion or just dead wrong.

It turned out to be the latter and with a catchy tune like "Leave the Pieces" and its chorus in addition to, going further into the CD I love country music now, more than ever:

Like the chorus says:

And it's alright, yeah I'll be fine
Don't worry 'bout this heart of mine
Just take your love and hit the road
There's nothing you can do or say
You're gonna break my heart anyway
So just leave the pieces when you go

You can drag out the heartache
Baby you can make it quick
Really get it over with
And just let me move on

Furthermore, it's not just the talents of the guitar-playing duo but also the addition of the band throughout and Branch's husband Teddy Landau and the other in between. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, when it comes to the sounds of the instruments everything from the banjo, fiddles it takes the audience to the background of Music City U.S.A.

Not only that but Branch, also put up her Calabasas home up for sale for $3.3 million as she lives out in Nashville with hubby and child in tow. Since the age of 18 Branch has wanted to live in the city and having knowing Harp for a period since 2000 her passion for country music is reinforced even more so.

So, fans of the Arizona native who thought that perhaps Branch would go back to recording pop music again if you didn't know that's when she met Harp that she had thought that both would take a 'shot in the dark' and blended their songwriting skills toward country. Although it took a while before producer John Leventhal heard the music and Maverick Records gave them a shot with a record deal, it all turned out better than ever. You can hear it throughout the album itself. They DID it indeed.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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