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Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains Of Wayne took its name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne, NJ (which, sadly, closed recently). The band has received steady critical accolades since its inception; "Dean Of American Rock Critics" Robert Christgau has called them "lyric poets" and "true art heroes." The group's line-up, which also includes ... Read more in Amazon's Fountains Of Wayne Store

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  • Vinyl (August 2, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B004XD04H4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unlike the iconic Ft. Wayne NJ garden store that inspired its name, Fountains of Wayne are still very much open for business. In fact, their new album Sky Full of Holes sounds like a whole new beginning for the band and its powerhouse songwriting duo Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger. Called, ''full-fledged art heroes'' by The Dean of Rock Critics Robert Christgau, FOW continue their reign as pop music masters, while Collingwood and Schlesinger also explore new frontiers within their unique respective songwriting aesthetics. Ranging from high-energy power pop to intimate, acoustic-driven ballads, Sky Full of Holes tracks ''The Summer Place'' and ''Richie And Ruben'' showcase the band's renowned storytelling abilities and flair for creating memorable characters; elsewhere, the album takes a more impressionistic approach, as in the shimmering ''Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart'' and the elegiac ''Cemetery Guns.'' Sky Full of Holes is Fountains' most successful distillation of their musical maxims to date, but it's also a whole hell of a lot of fun.

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Repeated listening reveals new highlights every time.
Phillip S. Blomberg
Both songs sound less like lyrics set to music than like music, unusually good music, decorated with words.
Rico
Guys, just keep putting out music like this, and I will keep buying and listening.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on August 2, 2011
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"Sky Full Of Holes" is the 5th studio record from Fountains of Wayne and clearly one of their best. Named after a now-closed ornament store in NJ, they have a unique power pop sound with vivid and inspiring lyrics. Filled with catchy hooks and sweet melodies, "Sky" shows the growth and evolution of the band since their break through song "Stacy's Mom." Their songs tell a variety of stories, some entertaining, some funny, and some sad. "Richie and Ruben" is a perfect example. Written about two guys blow all their friends' money on get-rich-quick schemes, I found myself laughing from the start with lines like this: "They opened up a bar called Living Hell/Right from the start, it didn't go too well." "Acela" has some awesome blues-influenced pop grooves that will have you bouncing around in no time. "A Road Song" features some country-style twangs and is about a love letter written by a rock musician. It has some cool hooks and you'll be singing the chorus long after the song is over. If you like your music crisp and fresh with a lot of witty, humorous lyrics, you're going to love this! Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gena Chereck on August 27, 2011
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The first thing that strikes me about 'Sky Full of Holes,' the fifth studio album by the New York power-pop quartet Fountains Of Wayne, is how the band has stripped back the '80s New Wave cheese that marked their previous album (2007's amusing, if lightweight, 'Traffic & Weather') in favor of a rootsier sound that often recalls the Jayhawks and early Wilco.

The band has dabbled in country and folky sounds in the past -- most notably on "Valley Winter Song" and "Hung Up On You" from their 2003 commercial breakthrough 'Welcome Interstate Managers,' "Fire in the Canyon" and "Seatbacks and Traytables" from 'Traffic & Weather,' and a few rarities like their covers of Ricky Nelson's "Today's Teardrops" and Jackson Browne's "These Days" (as well as spare originals like "Imperia" and "Places") -- but they seem to be doing a lot more of it here. I especially notice it on "Workingman's Hands" (a mostly respectful portrait, with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor: "Now your Uncle John walked a mile to school in a storm / And it was uphill both ways"), the sweet "A Road Song," the gorgeous "Firelight Waltz," and the haunting "Cemetery Guns"; plus, the chugging, mid-tempo "Acela," about a lovelorn boozer on a train, has an almost bluesy sound; and even the hilarious "Richie and Ruben" and the brassy, nostalgic "Radio Bar" are noticeably less reliant on guitar crunch and jangle than most of the band's other up-tempo numbers, though no less hooky.

Of course, the band's signature power-pop can still be found here, especially on the opening track "The Summer Place," "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart," the psychedelic "Cold Comfort Flowers," the breezy summer anthem "A Dip in the Ocean," the urgent choruses of "Action Hero," and even the slow-burn ballad "Hate to See You Like This.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Headphone Transmissions on August 2, 2011
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Everyone who owned a radio between 2000 and the current day has likely heard "Stacy's Mom." And while that snarky, little masterpiece of a pop tune is still brilliant and timeless in its own right, Fountains of Wayne is much more than even a hit like "Stacy's Mom" allows.

Sky Full of Holes, the troupe's fifth official studio album, is a gorgeous collection of strikingly memorable powerpop songs. And while the Fountains have always been melodically brilliant, compositionally inventive, and infinitely witty- Sky Full of Holes is (somehow) easily their greatest project to date; and additionally, one of 2011's best releases.

Fountain leaders Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger are the modern-day Lennon/McCartney, and that's no exaggeration. Their uncanny ability to craft satiating singles and high-caliber pop tunes has gone nearly unmatched throughout the past decade- And though I rarely agree with the publication, Rolling Stone`s decision to name Fountains of Wayne "`the voice' of Generation X upon the collapse of Nirvana" is more than fitting.

Sky Full of Holes exemplifies this "voice" even more aptly than even culturally relevant hits such as "Valley of Malls" and "Someone to Love" did previously. Two off-beat entrepreneurs attempt to overcome the waning economy in "Richie and Ruben," the hardworking American gets an admirable nod in "Workingman's Hands," the overly-produced synth-pop of the the 2010's era is astutely parodied in "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart," and the album's poignant finale ("Cemetery Guns") is a military-themed requiem for the ages. In a nutshell, Sky is 2011's own personal soundtrack.

Not only is the lyrical material relevant; but also, the musical material is supreme in all respects.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on August 2, 2011
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"Sky Full Of Holes" is the 5th studio record from Fountains of Wayne and clearly one of their best. Named after a now-closed ornament store in NJ, they have a unique power pop sound with vivid and inspiring lyrics. Filled with catchy hooks and sweet melodies, "Sky" shows the growth and evolution of the band since their break through song "Stacy's Mom." Their songs tell a variety of stories, some entertaining, some funny, and some sad. "Richie and Ruben" is a perfect example. Written about two guys blow all their friends' money on get-rich-quick schemes, I found myself laughing from the start with lines like this: "They opened up a bar called Living Hell/Right from the start, it didn't go too well." "Acela" has some awesome blues-influenced pop grooves that will have you bouncing around in no time. "A Road Song" features some country-style twangs and is about a love letter written by a rock musician. It has some cool hooks and you'll be singing the chorus long after the song is over. If you like your music crisp and fresh with a lot of witty, humorous lyrics, you're going to love this! Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.
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