Traffic & Weather (+Bonus) Extra tracks, Import
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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!
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.Read more ›
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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It seems these guys can't come up with total crap! They're pop-rock machines with great chops as well and I've enjoyed all their titles.Published on 14 May 2014 by Shirk Ramcard
Its ok not really in to the music, had heard one of there tracks and liked it . but the rest of the album i dont like. but its in good condition and it came on timePublished on 17 April 2013 by sarah the slayer
I'd completely disagree with the so-called reviewer on this page. To say that there is nothing that jumps out at you on this album shows that she must have been listening to Oasis... Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2010 by BeardyWeirdy
Yet more Beach Boys/Beatlesque power-pop from Adam Schlesinger (bass) and Chris Collingwood (vocals) exploring the minutiae of everyday life, replete with catchy hooks, infectious... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2010 by Alister King
If you've already got Welcome Interstate Managers then this is more of the same; fantastic catchy tunes with proper grown-up lyrics. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2009 by Andrew Cowie
The 'Stacey's Mum' guys finally hit their radio friendly stride with Traffic & Weather, releasing a record filled with intelligent Cheap-Trick like pop rockers and delicate... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2008 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
You have to give this album time. At first I was disappointed with it, but slowly it grows. Now I think there are more good songs than Interstate. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2007 by Mr. M. W. Money
I'm a little biased, as I place people in three camps: those who love Fountains of Wayne, those who like Fountains of Wayne, and those who have not heard of Foutains of Wayne. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2007 by A. Marczak
I'll just start by saying: "I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!". It's not very often that I come across an album that after first listen, I'm compelled to play it all over again! It's THAT good. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2007 by Devon Geezer