Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Fountains Return With Fun, Upbeat Pop
Published: Apr 6th, 2007
Author: Sheena Jeswani
Source: The Emory Wheel
Remember the infectious "Stacy's Mom?" Well, the band behind that boy-love anthem, Fountains of Wayne, is back with a new, high-energy album, Traffic and Weather. It's entirely possible that the quartet sat down one day and wrote lyrics about the most random occurrences. From falling in love with the woman behind the DMV counter ("Yolanda Hayes"), to a song about the various amenities on an airplane ("Seatbacks and Traytables"), the band captures all the milestones in life - or at least what it believes are milestones.
However, the group's attempt to give these occasional gems a serious edge sound forced and insincere. Fountains of Wayne is just too gosh-darn happy.
"Traffic and Weather" is the perfect example. The quartet makes an ill-advised attempt at producing a radio-friendly love song; instead, the result is the sappy story of some sad loner sitting in his car listening to the evening news. In the midst of searching for a ballad, Fountains of Wayne found a gleefully silly pop tune.
The band also manages to sneak some country in the middle of the album with "Fire in the Canyon." Although it's an interesting attempt at something unusual, the song ultimately throws the album off-kilter. What's more, "Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim" may finally capture the unique emotions of losing luggage at the airport after a long flight, but does a song really need to be written about such a misfortune? (FYI: Michael and Heather fall in love after this bonding experience.)
Fountains of Wayne definitely doesn't discover the meaning of life, but just as you still know every lyric to its tongue-in-cheek hit "Stacy's Mom," Traffic and Weather keeps to an unforgettable foundation of catchy pop at its most mind-numbing.