Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Published: Apr 6th, 2007
Author: Darryl Sterdan
Comedians will tell you being funny is serious business. Musicians will tell you writing great songs is hard work. By those measures, Fountains of Wayne -- or at least their frontmen and tunesmiths Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingswood -- must be the most serious guys on Earth. Though, as usual, you'd never know it from their music.
The wonderful Traffic and Weather, the New York pop-rockers' fourth album, picks up right where they left off with 2003's star-making Welcome Interstate Managers.
Which is to say: It's another set of archly witty, sharply detailed and impeccably crafted ditties about jealous yuppies, lost luggage, pimped-out '92 Subarus, lonely twentysomethings, weed and crushing on the clerk at the DMV. And it all deftly mines a wealth of influences, from Revolver-era Beatle-pop to Billy Joel to country to synth-laced new wave to trendy dance-rock.
It might not boast an obvious smash single like Stacy's Mom, but don't let that deter you -- when it comes to smart, superb songcraft, Fountains of Wayne have still got it going on.