Traffic And Weather - Fountains of Wayne
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  • Summary: Band member Adam Schlesinger produced FOW's long-awaited fourth studio album, which follows four years after their breakthrough hit 'Welcome Interstate Managers.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Traffic And Weather offers vivid little snapshots of characters and places, but in Schlesinger and Collingswood's hands, a snapshot can tell the whole story.
  2. Matters of love and life dominate the album, as they do all great pop, although there’s a sense that the band is more in on the joke this time out.
  3. Here they fail to provide the elusive novelty follow-up to "Stacy's Mom" but nonetheless invent many dandy new ways not to be in love.
  4. The left-bent, middle-class everymen in these songs are consistently disarming.
  5. 60
    It's like an alt-rock adaptation of a John Cheever anthology. [Apr 2007, p.87]
  6. Without interesting stories to tell, it all feels like an empty-calorie exercise in vapid songcraft.
  7. Despite being four years in the making, Traffic and Weather finds Fountains Of Wayne offering more of the same and yet decidedly less, working your nerves to the point where you’ll wonder whether you ever truly liked them in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19