Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Published: Jun 27th, 2005
Author: Glenn Gamboa
Source: New York Newsday
It's always sunny in Fountains of Wayne's world, where power pop rules, sharp remarks trump sharp suits and Stacy's Mom has always got it going on. And "Out-of-State Plates" (Virgin) - a two-disc collection of B-sides, holiday songs and previously unreleased material meant to tide fans over until the follow-up to "Welcome Interstate Managers" is finished - proves it.
The band's new songs - a Squeeze-ish tale of drunken twists-and-turns called "The Girl I Can't Forget" and the high-powered hoot "Maureen" - would have been enough to recommend the entire set.
However, prolific singer-songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood offer plenty more delightful tales of suburban heroes ("Karpet King") and the "Desperate Housewives" set ("Comedienne"), with clever lines like "I'll let you listen to Sugar Ray and I'll say 'I love you' every day, 'cause it's true, baby, I do" from "Baby I've Changed." The cover versions fit nicely, too - especially the deadpan version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" and the remarkably faithful take on ELO's "Can't Get You Out of My Head."
For a bunch of odds and ends recorded between 1996 and 2005, "Out-of-State Plates" holds together pretty well, making this dispatch from Fountains of Wayne World a welcome one and making the wait for the next one a bit more bearable. ("Out-of-State Plates," in stores today; Grade: B+)