Fountains of Wayne - Sky Full of Holes

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Alternative, Indie, Power Pop
Yep Roc Records
Fountains of Wayne
Sky Full of Holes
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Fountains of Wayne have made a living off humorous tales of every day American life for quite some time. The very tales of adolescence toward what now can be considered mid-life crisis’, but unlike other bands that have moved with them in the past decade Fountains of Wayne have never needed to drastically change their formula of power pop ballads laced with sarcastic verses of fantasy and suburbia. The release of Sky Full of Holes isn’t abnormal for such a journeyed band. Each album reflects American life and mimics a timeline of growth – unsurprisingly it does for the band as well –still Sky Full of Holes is the most mature album for the group. The band still connect with their audience with tales laced with easy-going, good-natured lines and of course, the power pop elements are strong, but for the most part suppressed under some of the more depressive takes the group move toward.

It stands that some cycles of life are far more interesting than others. Sky Full of Holes hits some of the more ordinary moments, but what can they do if that’s what they’re aiming for? Instead of a more lively adventure mixed with pop numbers, Fountains of Wayne bump the railing of what is appealing and middle-of-the-road. It doesn’t help that some of those moments are accompanied by lackluster lyrics with solid harmonies, seen in “A Dip in the Ocean,” a quiet disappointment. While is the logical step for the group, their traditional power pop elements struggle to coincide with some of the material being portrayed. No doubt, the group still has the chops that made them such a hit with their biggest hit single “Stacy's Mom” – by no means an indicator of their ability to create such memorable pop melodies, evident by “The Summer Place”– it still begs to question what will be next once the group has transitioned past the next stage of life. When “Radio Bar” keeps up the energy and past approach of the group, it still comes with little pay-off because eventually the album moves toward a quiet period again. Predictably, when some these tracks never agree with the rest of the album’s mood, it remains unbalanced throughout what may seem an overlong forty-five minutes.

Perhaps it is the fact that Sky Full of Holes offers little in attachment, even jokingly singing about the song itself in “A Road Song”. The album becomes a straightforward and uneventful, yet it showcases the group toning down some of their elements for the sake of the concept. The opener may be the most catchy and memorable on the album for the main reason it may be what we all remember Fountains of Wayne being in the late 90s and early 00s, but that isn’t the reality on Sky Full of Holes The reality is that they’ve transitioned from an innocent alternative pop band with catchy and humorous tales to a band focused on acoustics with stories of struggle and the everyday calamity we face in adulthood. Clashing ideologies for Fountains of Wayne’s sound, where their melodies and harmonies are dominant aspects of their music, yet the subdued moments of the album strain and collide more than one occasion causing more problems.

1. The Summer Place
2. Richie & Ruben
3. Acela
4. Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart
5. Action Hero
6. A Dip in the Ocean
7. Cold Comfort Flowers
8. A Road Song
9. Workingman's Hands
10. Hate To See You Like This
11. Radio Bar
12. Cemetery Guns

Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop band, formed in 1995.

The band name was taken from the name of a lawn-ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey, not far from Montclair, New Jersey, the hometown of the band's bassist and cofounder Adam Schlesinger (it has since gone out of business).

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