April 6, 2007

WAYNE MANNERS:

Bards of the 'Burbs: Fountains of Wayne craft resonant pop-punk by focusing on boring people like you (Nate Cavalieri, March 30th, 2007, Village Voice)

Fountains of Wayne songwriter Chris Collingwood towers over the beige blather of his confederates by penning songs that are exacting in their detail--instead of gloopy one-size-fits-all fare, the quartet's surprise 2003 hit "Stacy's Mom" offered a sexually deprived MILF hellbent on parading around in a towel. If the amorphous rock of Coldplay et al. merely tosses around blank-faced pronouns and forces us to project details from our own mundanity, Collingwood attempts universality by using the opposite approach: extreme specificity. [...]

As with previous Fountains efforts like 2003's Welcome Interstate Managers or 1999's Utopia Parkway, there's nothing much challenging about the music on Traffic and Weather, which bounces between well-executed teen-movie power pop and shuffling acoustic ballads. But the songs also continue to excel at making a great something out of nothing.


Fountains of Wayne: Long-Distance Dedication: 'I-95' by Fountains of Wayne (NPR.org, March 26, 2007, Song of the Day)


Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

I picture you tooling down I-89 with "Survival Car" turned to 11.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 6, 2007 10:56 AM
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