Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Fountains gush with bad lyrics
Published: Apr 11th, 2007
Author: Julie Engler
Source: Daily Egyptian
Rating: 0.5/5 stars
While pop is absurd, generic and just plain annoying, Fountains of Wayne have found another facet of the radio-single genre to annoy listeners with: Horribly rhymed lyrics.
In every song on the band's latest, "Traffic And Weather," Fountains of Wayne struggles to rhyme words where a non-rhyming word would have sufficed. After all, trying to pair up "trusted" with "mustard" (on "This Better Be Good") is way too far of a stretch, and that's just the beginning of a long journey into an awful album.
Fountains of Wayne's members are pop princesses, and while it feels weird to describe a group of guys as "princesses," the term fits the group's musical output well. It seems the guys in this band should be primped and prettied before every public appearance, with stylists and fashion designers following their every move. After all, their music is the epitome of bad pop, and all pop stars get treatment they don't deserve.
"Traffic and Weather" leaves no room for interpretation, and the band leaves no second-guessing. Each song title perfectly describes exactly what the song is about, and each lyric line is about women, loneliness, love and heartbreak, making references to people we'll never meet, if they even exist, nor would anyone probably want to ("Yolanda Hayes"). It's the surest way to make a song that appeals to every audience, write it about some "she" or "you" and it's instant pop success.
The opening song, "Someone To Love," is a little deceiving with a steady beat and mysterious intro, also giving a shot out to Coldplay and "King Of Queens," maybe for a little extra cash. The following three tracks - "'92 Subaru," "Yolanda Hayes" and the title track - are good ol' American pop, Barenaked Ladies style. It's what comes next that is so disappointing.
As soon as the Fountains of Wayne begins playing the rollicking country tune "Fire In The Canyon," the entire album falls into the pop abyss. Every other song on the album is overproduced.
The band throws in a few interesting instruments, but they do it one at a time as if they're scared of overpowering the rest of the horrible pop music they're playing. "Traffic and Weather" features various chimes, a banjo and horns.
The album is a painful 48 minutes long, and there's probably enough bad rhymes on it to kill an elephant