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Traffic and Weather

Fountains Of WayneAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000N4SKFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Punctuated by 2005's sprawling compilation of B-sides and outtakes (Out-of-State Plates), a nearly four-year interval between fresh recordings has done nothing to tarnish Fountain of Wayne's pop-drenched songwriting tandem of Chris Collingswood and Adam Schlesinger. This 14-song bash is a late-'60s/early-'70s time warp that exploits every facet of the pop action plan (chiming guitars, infectious choruses, sinful harmonies) and begs for radio play. As usual, the band never takes itself too seriously, crafting melodies around a lively, vigorous cast of characters that practically come to life. There's a DMV attendant who can't shake our attention (the bouncy, piano-boosted "Yolanda Hayes"), an airport-stranded couple waiting impatiently for lost luggage (the folksy "Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim"), and ex-lovers who blame it on the highway ("Fire in the Canyon," which explores the radio country-rock of the Eagles and America). They sing of an old-model Japanese car to get the girl ("'92 Subaru") and Renee seeing you "at the Gap in a baseball cap" ("This Better Be Good"), and any way they shake it, even after a too-long interruption, Collingswood and Schlesinger rarely miss the mark. --Scott Holter

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A new, indelible cast of characters is inducted into the FOW pantheon of stars on Traffic And Weather: Yolanda Hayes, a sullen object of affection behind the glass at the Department Of Motor Vehicles; Seth Shapiro and Beth Mackenzie, two lonely, hardworking New Yorkers who cross paths - sort of - in "Someone To Love" (which features Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur singing backing vocals); the exhausted couple in "Michael and Heather At The Baggage Claim", dragging themselves onto an airport shuttle bus after a long trip; newscasters in heat in the album's title track, and many others. Hapless protagonists like the suspicious boyfriend of "This Better Be Good" and the hit-man target in "Strapped For Cash" are also classic Fountains Of Wayne narrators. Travel and transportation continue to figure heavily in the on-the-go world of FOW. The guy who buys himself a "'92 Subaru" is convinced that the right pimped-out ride is all he needs to get the girl; in the Beatlesque "i-95" a driver explores a rest area gift shop late at night, on the way to visit his loved one; we hear of "an eerie kind of sadness on the highway today" in the Gram Parsons-tinged "Fire In The Canyon" (featuring backing vocals by the Candy Butchers' Mike Viola, who was the voice of "That Thing You Do"). The misery of sitting in coach on a delayed flight is examined in the wistful waltz "Seatbacks And Traytables" (which contains a guest appearance on guitar by James Iha). And in the semi-epic "New Routine", we follow a series of characters who each randomly pick a new place to live, only to discover someone else there who can't wait to move away.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THESE FOUNTAINS GUSH WITH GREATNESS April 3, 2007
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A few years ago Fountains Of Wayne looked ready to explode with their MILF fantasy, complete with Rachel Hunter video, with the hit record Stacy's Mom. I can only speculate why the dynamite fizzled out.

Maybe because the band has such a quirky sense of humor that infuses all their songs that critics find it hard to take them seriously when, clearly, they don't take themselves seriously.

Or perhaps because hip hop/rap, the purported music of the inner city, is actually selling to suburban kids looking for some way to rebel against the dull sameness of their upper middle class lives spent in manufactured communities with their green lawns and cul de sacs. Consequently, Fountains Of Wayne are the "Kings Of The 'Burbs'" whose music is full of references to shopping malls, airport terminals, Costco, diners and the DMV, can't break through because these are exactly the things the teenagers this music is supposedly geared towards are trying to rebel against (even though their intelligence lyrics are clearly Baby Boomer directed).

And more's the shame because Fountains Of Wayne have developed into the quintessential American Pop band with one brilliant song after the other, all with great lyrics and perfect arrangements and relatively free of angst thanks to their sense of humor. This time around they even show evidence of being influenced by a pair of bands that once wore that crown, the Eagles (on "'92 Subaru" and "Fire In The Canyon") and America (on "Michael And Heather At The Baggage Claim" and "I-95") and have delivered a CD that can more than hold its own with those groups' classics.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Pop Storytelling April 12, 2007
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TRAFFIC AND WEATHER is brimming with power pop galore. Fountains of Wayne sprinkle this musical effort with overwrought top 40 radio influences of the likes of eighties bands and solo artists of yesteryear. The fourteen tracks on the album have a time on the road theme that describes the people and places one may meet along the way, hotel stays, and airline routines, which are fittingly portrayed through their playful and creative words and music.

For those who remember the synthesizer tinge 1980s, most of the tracks echo that particular music era and a little 1960s thrown in for good measure. The title track, "Traffic and Weather" has a "dirty laundry" feel, "Yolanda Hayes" is fashioned with a little psychedelic Beatles sound about the woman at the DMV counter. Two songs on the record, "Fire in the Canyon" and "Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim," have a poetic and storytelling quality. "I-95" is one of the other slow-paced songs, but do not be fooled with the strumming acoustic guitar-middle of the road feel because behind the music it is all tongue-in-cheek, especially for those who have traveled along that route. And the album ends with the waltz-like and country-western-campfire sounding "Seatbacks and "Traytables."

After listening to TRAFFIC AND WEATHER, one may categorize most of the songs as looking out the window while traveling songs. Overall, Fountains of Wayne will keep the wheels rolling along the road, which may have one humming along to all of the songs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited Letdown April 5, 2007
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I've been a big fan of FoW since I first heard "Radiation Vibe" on the radio when they released their first CD. I loved their first album, but found that their follow up album, "Utopia Parkway" lacked the energy and consistency of their previous work. When they finally released "Welcome Interstate Managers," I gave them another shot and it has become one of my all-time favorite CD's. I've always admired their clever and witty story-telling abilities, but the music on this CD is fantastic. Since that time, I'd made it a point to periodically scour the internet to get updates on their plans to get back in the studio.

I was ecstatic to hear that "Traffic and Weather" was coming out after 4 long years, and I made sure to pick it up on my lunch break on 4/3. Given that the two original songs they wrote for "Out of State Plates" were great, I thought they were definitely going to put out a whole album of that caliber. But to be honest, the sound is just not very good. As I listened to it for the first time, I slowly became disappointed as I hoped each new track would be one of those catchy tunes I came to love from their first and third albums. Before I knew it, I was at track 14 wondering what I had waited 4 years for. The whole "Power Pop" phrase that has been tagged to their music seems irrelevant with this effort; there's not a whole lot of powerful music on this disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Be Singing Along In No Time April 12, 2007
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Fans of Fountains of Wayne know that strange sensation. The first time that you listen to a new FOW album, deep down you realize that all of these strange unfamiliar songs will soon enough become as familiar to you as your old concert t-shirts. They'll fit perfectly. They'll be comfortable. They'll even become nostalgic.

Fountains are the current kings of the singalong. I defy those familiar with their last three albums to put one on and not sing along. Impossible.

This new one threatens to be as addictive. Clean and sparkly production brings the smooth personal voice of Chris Collingwood to the fore-front and leaves plenty of room for the wonderful arrangements of Adam Schlesinger.

Possibly stemmed form the huge success of Stacy's Mom, the new album seems to lean towards the novelty songs. Character studies and pop references are crafted with amusing rhymes. That's all wonderful, but I'd love to hear a little bit more of the more earnest side Fountains of Wayne.

The stand-out track for me is just that. A true earnest song, with little self-conciousness. It's "Fire In The Canyon". Probably a Collingwood tune , it continues the tradition of "Valley Winter Song" and "Troubled Times". I think it is in this realm that the Fountains really, really thrive.

Their clever novelty songs are perfect, don't get me wrong. They harken back to The Cars, or They Might Be Giants, or even some of the Beatles. But the band steps into a whole different level with their more heartfelt numbers. This is true songwriting talent.

But the rest of the album is wonderful, too. It's so nice to here some music in the main stream media that isn't all about fashion and money. We could use more albums like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from a great band
I know when I buy a new album and start playing it over and over that I've got something special. I have liked Fountains of Wayne for a while now, and this is one of their best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MusicManJP
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, bad shipping
I love the music, and that's why I bought the CD. The bad thing is the shipping now days. I bought this CD along with 2 books, and they all came in the same box.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic and Weather
The Fountains of Wayne are a true joy to listen to. This is my second CD by them, (Welcome Interstate Managers is the other), and they're simply wounderful entertainment!
Published 16 months ago by Catherine A. Rohm
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever lyrics, consistent rock
another enjoyable and fun album from Fountains of Wayne.... a consistent rock sound with creative and unusual lyrics/storylines, very good, like their other recent albums
Published 19 months ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Traffic and Weather by Fountains of Wayne
A bit unusual for this 63 year old but I do like the latest trends in current music. I would recommend this to my friends and family too!
Published 20 months ago by Nehalem, OR Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Still gettig Better
One thing about Fountain of Wayne there is no let down. Their CD's get better
Good lyrics with the good sense of humor from songs "92 Subaru", "Yolanda Hayes"... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zaneco
4.0 out of 5 stars More Songs about Cars and Girls. And Meteorology.
Fountains of Wayne's Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger are big fans of flipping the big box of Pop Conventions and seeing what tumbles out, and with "Traffic And Weather,"... Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I got this album without knowing who these guys were. Decided to take a chance and boy did it pay off. Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by Evil Kamel
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too "by the numbers"
All the FoW traits are here, catchy melodies (try not to hum "Yolanda Hayes), truly funny stories, (The missed opportunities of Seth and Beth on "Someone to Love" is truly classic... Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by J. Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars More complex than you think.
Hmm, synchronicity. Too early for a meeting, I parked on a small mall car park and went inside looking for a newspaper, I spied a small music store (or what I still think of as a... Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Pastor of Disaster
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