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B Sides and rarities collections can be a bit hit-or-miss. There is an adage that the true quality of a band is judged by the quality of the stuff on the other side of the record, or Tracks 2 and 3 as they are known now. Oasis and Suede were prime exponents of the class B side, and the former's B side collection sold in spades. Fountains of Wayne follow the trend of putting some outstanding tracks on their collection, but there are a couple of question marks.
Fountains of Wayne had three studio albums under their belt when they released this collection. Like all collections, if you are a hardcore fan, you already have all these, so two new songs, Maureen and The Girl I Can't Forget, are added so they don't feel hard done by. In fact, for me, these are the two stand out tracks on the album.
In amongst the pop genius, such as Karpet King and Janice's Party, appear Oasis-eqsue Elevator Up, the obligatory Country tune Today's Teardrops, and the typically wry Half A Woman, about a magician's assistant who gets sawn in half every night.
This is a double album, so even at a tenner, it's good value. If you like your American Power Pop, then this is for you.