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An Average F.O.W. Album Is Still A Good Album
on 4 January 2012
Fountains Of Wayne are one of those bands that you won't come across on mainstream radio a great deal. They've had a couple of blockbuster hits, notably Stacy's Mom, but most of their popularity has grown through fan word of mouth.
This is their fifth studio album (not counting the B-sides collection), and having listened to it many times, I can say it is my fifth favourite.
The style is all there: the stories of quaint couples doing strange things, road trips, being lost on tour, and the tunes are all there: powerpop foot tapping, slow melancholia, bit of country. It's all a little formulaic, but when you compare Fountains of Wayne work to the rest of the world, it's still great music. Few bands still create this much quality on their fifth album, hell, some barely make this much on their second.
Just because it doesn't hit the dizzy heights of Radiation Vibe or Red Dragon Tattoo (or Maureen, my guilty pleasure), that doesn't make it a bad album. There is much to enjoy on this album, it's just that their back catalogue has much more to love, and it's hard to match that level evvery time.
If you've just come across Fountains of Wayne, and you're thinking of buying this album, then buy it, but go and listen to their older stuff as well, including the B Sides, because nearly all of is just fantastic.