Sky Full of Holes - Fountains of Wayne
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  • Summary: The ‘90s power-pop band releases a new album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Lulled into a formalistic revery by their catchy choruses, you assume their content is as null as their groove. But in fact they're so girl-shy it's thematic, and refreshingly empathetic about women with problems.
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    Gone are the massive arena rock choruses that were the sugar on their tart character sketches; this time the New York powerpop band have eschewed the power in favour of a more sedate sound, the dominant texture being acoustic guitar overlaid with muted electrics.
  3. Aug 18, 2011
    Musically, Sky Full Of Holes is simply gorgeous. [Sep 2011, p.112]
  4. Aug 1, 2011
    The juvenile wordplays, ironic pop-culture references, and narratives about sad-sack folks undone by mundane, everyday minutia that are among the band's trademarks remain fully intact: The content of the songs on Sky Full of Holes is, by and large, as wry and idiosyncratic as their songs have ever been.
  5. Aug 18, 2011
    FoW's impeccably assembled works rarely stir little more than fond memories of their obvious influences. This is largely true of Sky Full Of Holes, though there are moments of irresistible sticky sweetness. [Sep 2011, p.84]
  6. Aug 3, 2011
    Yet, something's missing. An emotional engagement, perhaps, because they sometimes seem positively embarrassed to play from the heart.
  7. Sep 15, 2011
    Unlike the trio's livelier breakthrough, 1997's Apartment Life, the rest of All Hours is functionally pleasant but largely unmemorable background music for restaurants with exposed ceiling beams.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    Fountains of Wayne never fails to disappoint. Although this is not their best album (Welcome Interstate Managers still reigns supreme), they continue to rule their genre. The tempo is slowed down for this one, and there is an obvious melancholy note to many songs, but this is a very good album that is worth listening to. Right now. Do it. Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2012
    I believe FoW have lost it, or are in the process of losing it. I put it down to age. I own every album of theirs to date and I can say this is the one I was least excited about. Even their collection of B-sides was better than this. The overall quality has gone down, from the melodies to the lyrics to Chris Collingwood's voice (which has deteriorated into an almost annoying nasal whine.) Only one of the songs was immediately catchy ("The Summer Place")--which is a rare thing for a FoW album. That said, the album does get better at a very quick rate on repeated listens. And even though I feel it's their worst album, I still think it's decent on the whole and better than a lot of the other stuff out there. Expand