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|1. Mexican Wine|
|2. Bright Future In Sales|
|3. Stacy's Mom|
|5. No Better Place|
|6. Valley Winter Song|
|7. All Kinds Of Time|
|8. Little Red Light|
|9. Hey Julie|
|10. Halley's Waitress|
|11. Hung Up On You|
|12. Fire Island|
|13. Peace And Love|
|14. Bought For A Song|
|16. Yours And Mine|
|17. Elevator Up|
Why, I can’t really say. All the essential FoW elements are there, from the headrush chorus of Stacey’s Mom, with it’s crystalline harmonies and keyboard riff which makes a bid to be the catchiest FoW song ever (yep, even including Red Dragon Tattoo) to the melancholy sweetness of Winter Valley Song, which sounds like a throwback to the first album.
So, the problems. Well, the album is overlong. Compare it to the first record, where every song had a place and a purpose, and there are at least 4 fillers. Hung up on You, Peace and Love, Little Red Light and Yours and Mine should all have been reserved for B-sides. Secondly, at times the songwriting seems like FoW-by-numbers. Fire Island should be the equal of Prom Theme, but falls short, just lacking the X-factor. Too many songs fall into the ‘mid-tempo trap’ of the weaker material on Utopia Parkway, like Fine Day for a Parade.
Enough bad stuff – it doesn’t come naturally to criticise my favourite band ever. The first 3 tracks are classic FoW, bubbling guitars and spot-on harmonies. Bright Future in Sales and Stacey’s Mom should both reach number 1, if there is any justice in the world. There isn’t, so they won’t even break into a top 40 dominated by R&B.Read more ›
Like many, I guess, I came across FoW through 'Stacey's Mom' which is a brilliantly catchy tune. I then heard them on Simon Mayo's Album Chart Show on R2 which whet my appetite for more.
This album has so many cool facets. It's funny, incisive and well observed, musically interesting and varied, and very well played.
'Hey Julie' is my personal favourite, but every other track is a gem in its own right.
In summary, if you like well written, well performed guitar based music, you can't go far wrong with this album.
Sigh, ok world, you can share....