All Together Now
Better Than Ezra
Honey from the Icebox
I Wont Follow
Maine pop rock outfit don’t really bring anything new to the table, but while they remain smooth light and inoffensive they’ll always be an interest in this type of music from cable or satellite programmers willing to use their music as backing music to a wide range of teenage series or films. Indeed The Wrecking’s music has already been licensed for use on MTV. VH1 and Nickelodeon. This is where songs like ‘Inside’, ‘Sights and Sounds’ and the Peter Gabriel cover ‘In Your Eyes’ would feel most at home. Samples and synthesisers are used to embellish the overall sound rather than dictate it and to this end The Wrecking come across as a light version of Mute Math.
The jazz influenced ‘Burn the Bridges’ raises the interest level and the relaxed ambient-like ‘Real To Real’ offer something against the grain, but in the end ‘A New Abolition’ should be accepted for what it is, an extremely competent if unspectacular pop rock major label debut.