Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Traffic and Weather
Published: Jun 1st, 2007
Author: Bernard Zuel
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Fountains of Wayne make it look easy. Too easy.
If only writing pop songs was as easy as Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood make it sound.
You get the feeling that they probably sit down and think, "which pop style will I try my hand at today?" Some Bacharach-like gentle, sophisticated fare? Why, here's Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim. A brassy bit of white-boy soul with a hint of Mexican? OK then, here's Strapped For Cash. Anyone for a burst of late '60s pop? Take Yolanda Hayes.
And for afters, a shuffling country pop tune to which Mike Nesmith could have lent his drawl? Certainly, my friend; introduce yourself to Fire in the Canyon.
Better yet, fill the tunes with spot-on lyrics about everyday lives concerned with love, falling for a clapped out car and unspoken sexual tension between two television anchors. Nice.
This isn't their best work but it's a class above the pack. Too easy. For some.