Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Please Don't Rock Me Tonight

Fountains of Wayne
Out-of-State Plates (Virgin)

Probably just trying to prove how good they’ve become, these perfect popsters front-load their 28-track, 2-disc odds-n-sods with the new cut “Maureen” that could have been the best track on their last release and opus Welcome Interstate Managers. Funny is catchy putty in their hands, and the tune has more hooks than a bait shop, from stuttering to harmonies to cheesy synth lines that practically come wearing sun tan oil and coated in sand. Other cuts don’t quite hold up, but how could they? Although “I’ll Do the Driving,” which opens like it’s the theme to Up Dawson’s Creek – The Sequel, quickly curdles with terrifically nasty lyrics. You’ll sing along if you can keep from giggling.


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