Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Fountains of Wayne CD Updates Pop
Published: Mar 27th, 2007
Author: Douglas Lytle
Source: Bloomberg News
The new Fountains of Wayne CD has perfected the band's conjuring trick of taking mundane pieces of everyday life and transforming them into futuristic pop.
The American group's first album in four years has smart songs that are portraits of people moving from one place to another, often for reasons that aren't thought through.
``Traffic and Weather'' also celebrates trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles, lawyers from the suburbs and a bored New York waitress who moves to Liechtenstein.
The optimist in ```92 Subaru'' buys an old car and hopes that its conversion will make him irresistible. ``My cousin Gary's taking a look at the transmission,/ puttin' in the lime green plasma screen television./ Seats like leather, you can't tell that they're fake,/ and I only got a couple easy payments left to make.''
The same eye for detail marks ``Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim,'' a tale of tired travelers suffering airport hell. A loser in ``light blue Dockers'' takes a girl out for a hotdog in the cautionary tale of ``This Better Be Good.''
The quartet has absorbed the history of pop songwriting from 1960 through the late 1980s and turned it back on its head. Like Katrina and the Waves, songwriter Adam Schlesinger and his partners produce tracks that stick in the brain.
Fountains of Wayne, named for a garden store in Wayne, New Jersey, broke through after three records with 2003's ``Stacy's Mom,'' a lustful look at a young boy's obsession with a friend's mother. It was helped by a revealing video starring Rachel Hunter.
That success will probably be unrepeatable because the band is too clever for today's radio climate, like Aimee Mann, Alex Chilton of Big Star and Paul Westerberg of the Replacements.
``Someone to Love,'' the first single, is awash in triple- tracked harmonies and the sort of synthesizers used by 1970s British act E.L.O. Its subtle charm is not as mind-blowingly instant as ``Stacy's Mom.''
This song about lonely yuppies should be left to mellow for a few days and it may end up on repeat: ``He calls his mom, saying he's doing fine./ She's got someone on the other line./ Puts Coldplay on, pours a glass of wine/ and curls up with a book about organized crime.''
``Traffic and Weather'' will be released on April 3 by Virgin Records.