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Traffic and Weather

15 May 2007 | Format: MP3

£6.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
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Well, I for one grinned when "92 Subaru" was just 20 seconds in and I'd heard all the elements that make power pop great! The influences are sometimes very clear; "Revolving Dora" sounds like a hifi-version of a Beatles-track from '66. I always had a soft spot for the acoustic FOW with the shimmering vocal harmonies and "Fire in the Canyon" and "Michael and Heather" don't disappoint!

I think this is going to be my 'summer-album' for this year; if you want perfect melodies, plenty of guitars, hooks and fine vocals; spend your money on this!
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Fountains Of Wayne may not be the most prolific band in the world (this is their 4th album in 10 years), but they always deliver quality material, and 'Traffic & Weather' is no exception. The sound on this album is a lot more streamlined and linear than on their last album 'Welcome Interstate Managers', and there is also less in the way of suprises than on previous albums (there's no musical side-steps like "Hailey's Waitress" or "Laser Show" for example). Instead we get a solid album of hook-laden, anthemic power pop that sounds like what a combination of Weezer and Crowded House would sound like...if both of those bands were actually any good *cough*. Lyrically F.O.W. are on top form here as well. They are one of the few bands who actually write songs about something other than the traditional love/heartache/remorse presets that most bands stick to. "Strapped For Cash" is about a guy being chased by the heavies for money he owes to someone..."Yolanda Hayes" seems to be about a girl who gets frustrated working behind a desk all day..."92 Subaru" is about a guy who buys what he thinks is the best car in the world... but it's the way they infuse these stories with brilliantly dry wit and knowingly corny pop-culture references that makes Fountains Of Wayne stand out lyrically from most other bands. Some highlights on 'Traffic & Weather' include the sublime opener "Someone To Love" (which features Melissa Auf De Mar on backng vocals), an immaculate recreation of 'Rubber Soul'-era Beatles crossed with The Byrds ("Revolving Dora"), the almost new-wave style drone rock of the title track, and the mock-hippie campfire singalong "Planet Of Weed".Read more ›
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In the space of a few years FOW have emerged as the undoubted modern kings of powerpop land. Their way of creating catchy, yet subtle melodies with wit and insight has captivated audiences around the world.

So onto Traffic and Weather, the bands 4th full studio release. It's always going to be hard not to compare this to their older work as it doesn't really break any new ground. This is no bad thing, as long as the songs are good. Opening track and single Someone to Love is everything the band are good at encapsulated in 3 minutes. The funny lyrics, the catchy hooks and great harmonies from the wonderful Melissa Auf Der Maur set things off in great style.

92 Subaru is another typically upbeat pop number, however the album runs into a bit of trouble fairly early on. The next few tracks don't exactly set the world alight, the writing isn't as fluid as before and when the misfiring is over we're up to track 8. Fortnatley there are some magnificent songs like Michael and Heather and Strapped for Cash lurking, proving that when they turn on the style, they really are unmatchable.

In summing up, there is some value here and it's by no means a bad record, and it certainly has it moments. It is only really hindered by the sheer quality of what came before it.
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Call off the race, album of the year is already here and it's not even the end of May. Hyperbole aside, this is stirring, fantastic stuff, and yet another gem from Fountains of Wayne - the seminal power pop band of the last 10 years, who represent all that is good about that particular genre. If you are familiar with any of their earlier albums, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect - perfect pop songs, choruses to die for, big guitars, and each song a perfectly detailed and observed story of everday people, and their everday concerns, be it pride in a newly bought car ("'92 Subaru"), falling for the girl working at the Motor Registry ("Yolanda Hayes") or owing money to some shady guy, who's come looking for payback ("Strapped For Cash")

This isn't rocket science - Fountains of Wayne have their formula but the beauty of it is that a) it's uncomplicated and works so well and b) they only release an album every four years or so, which leads me to an image of songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood working so hard to maintain quality control and refining the songs to the point that there is no excess or flab whatsoever, unlike say, someone like Ryan Adams, who, whilst fantastic at his very best, seemingly releases every single thing that he writes. Having mentioned the FOW formula, "Traffic and Weather" represents a subtle progression from 2003's "Welcome Interstate Managers" - for example the mechanical groove of the title track, the infusion of horns on "Strapped For Cash" or the woozy, spaced out "Revolving Dora". Also, in spite of it being a great album, "Welcome..." was too long, had a surfeit of slow songs and songs seemingly about teenagers.
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