Out-Of-State Plates - Fountains of Wayne
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  • Summary: This 28-track, two-disc compilation culls radio performances, demos, and other previously unreleased tracks from throughout the band's history.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Essential listening, especially for those who only know "Stacy's Mom." [15 Jul 2005, p.73]
  2. All of the bands calling cards are present—they’re just scribbled down on the back of a phone bill, rather than printed out professionally then laminated.
  3. 80
    The songs change, but the sensibility remains the same, more or less: plaintive to mopey, clever to smartass, and back again. [Jul 2005, p.118]
  4. Establishes both how hard it is to turn out material worthy of Utopia Parkway and Welcome Interstate Managers and how often Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger come close.
  5. Out-of-State Plates is a ragged collection of hits and misses that will satisfy FOW completists, while being of intermittent interest to recent converts or general power pop fans.
  6. Barring a few notable exceptions, these are the songs that either weren’t good enough or didn’t fit into any of the New Jersey-based group’s proper releases.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5