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The difficult 4th Album?,
This review is from: Traffic and Weather (Audio CD)
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.