Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Fountains of Wayne - Traffic and Weather
Published: Apr 13th, 2007
Author: Bryan Wawzenek
Source: Northwest Herald
“Strapped For Cash,” one of 14 tracks on Fountains of Wayne’s new CD, steals from four other bands ... and all of them are pretty bad.
The wordsmiths in this group, Chris Collinsworth and Adam Schlesinger, know better. They’ll probably spend hours on a turn of phrase, but when it comes to melody, they seem to settle for whatever comes next on the classic rock station.
So, in “Strapped,” we get a Foreigner synth beat, horns straight out of the cheesiest Chicago single, spacey Boston studio effects and Billy Joel’s “Heart Attack-ack-ack” vocal tick. Congratulations, you’ve created the worst-sounding song, ever.
The rest of the record isn’t as bad, but it’s also not so good. Even the most engaging tales (like “Someone to Love” and “Revolving Dora”) sound a bit too cutesy and no amount of polish is going to fix that.