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The Wreckers

Way Back Home: Live From New York City – 2007 (Warner)

Reviewed by Rick Teverbaugh

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The timing for the release of The Wreckers's live CD/DVD package from July is strange to say the least. For one, not many bands put out a live record when only one studio album has been released, especially when the live set mostly includes that debut disc with little new to offer. Also it is well known that there may not be a second studio album as both Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp are branching out (pun intended) to solo projects.

There no denying these two girls have great chemistry together, and that is even more apparent when watching this small club show on DVD rather than listening to the CD. It is also obvious that the band behind them is very tight and well it should be with Branch's husband and Harp's fiance in the fold.

There are 3 new songs included in the 13 cuts and nearly 60 minutes worth of music. The obvious highlight is Gretchen Wilson's "Damn That Radio." The pair don't really do much on stage except stand still and look pretty, but they do put their wonderfully similar voices to good use. The real value of the DVD might end up being a document for one of the shortest-lived successful bands in modern country music. Time and the success of their solo activities will be the key to that.