The Wreckers are about creation, not destruction. Bringing together two young, fearless female singersongwriter-acoustic guitarists?Grammy®-winning, platinum-selling Michelle Branch and collaborator Jessica Harp?The Wrecke... more »rs? debut album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, blends Branch?s pop-rock sensibility with Harp?s country-folk style. Edgy yet rootsy, on Stand Still, Look Pretty, The Wreckers have a ball.« less
The Wreckers are about creation, not destruction. Bringing together two young, fearless female singersongwriter-acoustic guitarists?Grammy®-winning, platinum-selling Michelle Branch and collaborator Jessica Harp?The Wreckers? debut album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, blends Branch?s pop-rock sensibility with Harp?s country-folk style. Edgy yet rootsy, on Stand Still, Look Pretty, The Wreckers have a ball.
The Wreckers are wonderful! They have a very mellow sound with songs you can listen to over and over. Highly recommend them!
Beth B. (snowgems) from ECKERMAN, MI Reviewed on 8/13/2006...
Good CD. Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, childhood friends, give country a good rock & roll kick!
A successful change for Michelle Branch
Parkin | PA | 05/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of all of Michelle Branch's pop/rock solo albums. I still want another solo album from Michelle, but I can't complain at all about Stand Still, Look Pretty. Largely produced by John Leventhal, the production is polished, but not slick enough to overpower the good musicianship going on here. Michelle and Jessica Harp harmonize very well because of their similar voices. Sometimes it's difficult to tell them apart. The album is quite serious, but ends up with the humorous "Crazy People." Without that song to lighten things up, I would have reduced the CD's rating a bit. Finally, a little of Michelle's pop and folk styles do come through on songs like the title track and "Rain." Great job, Michelle and Jessica!"
Michelle Branch + Jessica Harp = Amazing
Alex Scott | Missouri City, Texas USA | 06/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After more than a year of waiting, the long-awaited debut album from The Wreckers is finally available.
The Wreckers consists of Michelle Branch, the amazing, widely-known, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, and Jessica Harp, the equally amazing yet unfortunately not-as-widely-known singer/songwriter of the same vein. In late 2004/early 2005, the two decided to collaborate, and thus, The Wreckers came to be. As The Wreckers, Michelle sheds her pop persona and focuses more on Jess's country stylings, providing a contemporary pop/country mix. Stand Still, Look Pretty is the result.
The album opens with the duo's first single, Leave The Pieces, which is the kind of song you'd hear on a typical modern country radio station. Right away, the music and lyrics prove to the newcomers the amazing talents of Michelle and Jess while giving die-hard fans more of a reason to love them.
Jessica brings The Good Kind, a previously written song of hers, to the plate. This song also appeared on the One Tree Hill soundtrack in early 2005, giving the world their first taste of The Wreckers. The song has changed slightly from the soundtrack cut to the album cut, giving it a bit more country twang than it had previously. While Jess's original version is an in-your-face rock song, The Wreckers have tooled it into a heartbreaking country/pop song in the vein of songs by country artists like the Dixie Chicks, only with more of a pop flavor.
Likewise, Michelle brings one of her songs, Lay Me Down, to the project, which fans have been dying to hear more than a 50-second clip of since the days of Hotel Paper. The finished version on this album is a good example of Michelle's talent with lyrics, as well as the girls' vocal range.
Elsewhere on this album is a beautiful cover of Patty Griffin's One More Girl, an extremely emotional song, which expresses the emotion that Jess and Michelle can convey with their voices.
The title track, Stand Still, Look Pretty, is another of the songs that best captivates the audience with emotion and beautifully-executed lyrics. This is my favorite track off the album and, from my viewpoint at least, it expresses many of Michelle's feelings about her popularity and what's expected of her in the music profession.
The closing track, Crazy People, is a decidedly silly song that can only be described as, well, crazy. Listen closely to the lyrics and you'll see what I mean. The Wreckers' official street team is also named Crazy People, which could be taken to mean that they believe that their fans are just as crazy as they are. Or maybe that's just me.
Filling out the album are Way Back Home, Tennessee, My, Oh My, Hard To Love You, Cigarettes, and Rain. However, these tracks are by no means filler. Each of these songs displays the raw talent of Jessica and Michelle through their music and lyrics. Way Back Home, Tennessee, My, Oh My, and Cigarettes are more traditional country with a modern twang, while Hard To Love You and Rain are a mix of pop and country flavors.
I've been a huge fan of Michelle Branch since Hotel Paper was released in 2003, and I loved her singles from The Spirit Room before I knew it was her singing them. After hearing the announcement of the formation of The Wreckers and seeing them live on the One Tree Hill tour, I was introduced to Jessica Harp's music and became a fan of hers. Now that Stand Still, Look Pretty has hit shelves, and the dynamic duo has started over with a new sound, I've fallen in love with them all over again. This is one album that is hard to remove from your CD player, even if you're not a die-hard uber fan. People out there who don't like country may even have a hard time saying no."
J. Johnson | Manassas, VA | 11/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Michelle Branch carved out a place for herself in the young female pop singer market serveral years ago with a brilliant debut and a successful if derivitive duet with Carlos Santana. This record is her first with friend Jessica Harp. The ladies mine the borderline between the singer/songwriter and country genres for quality songs that should fit well in the americana format.
Highlights include the opening track Leave the Pieces, Way Back Home, The Good Kind, and the title track Stand Still Look Pretty. Of special note is the presence of producer/multi-instrumentalist John Leventhal on many tracks.
I recommend this record for folks who like songs that don't sound like formula country."
Mr Peabody | 3rd house on the left | 09/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Overall this is a good album. I found the mood of the album leaning toward depressing and wonder how two such beautiful young women could have had that many hard knocks. However, they sing about them very convincingly. Although some songs have a Dixie Chick flavor and one had a Judds feel to it, I wouldn't call this a Country album. Maybe it would fit better into what I'm hearing called today Alt Country. A couple could probably cross into the Adult Contemporary area, just because of the category neutrality of the song. It's a shame AC hasn't given them a spin as they did with Keith Urban or Rascal Flats. The playing and vocals on the album are good which should find most listeners happy with the album. This is the first album I've owned featuring Michelle Branch so I'm not able to draw any comparisons to any of her earlier stuff. I heard Track 1 on a Country station and it immediately caught my ear as an outstanding song and after listening to samples decided to buy it. Track 2 actually became my favorite and I can't believe I haven't heard this on the radio somewhere. The album has many strong tracks and worthy of a spot in your collection."