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
  1. MattD.
    Apr 11, 2007
    Has times of Beatles-like excellence! But they are no Beatles clone: the 80s influences again help to spice up the music, and the ending alt-country song is good enough to not be an afterthought. The lyrics completely nail Generation X culture! Expand
  2. ColbyC
    Apr 4, 2007
    Just as good as Welcome INterstate Managers. Fantastic Album, but Metacritic showed only the worst reviews, ingnoring the A given by the AV Club and many other sources. Expand
  3. ChristopherG
    Apr 6, 2007
    You knew that matching W.I.M. was gonna be tough, and while this doesn't, its still excellent. If a magazine doesn't appreciate this genre of music, is it really worth their or anyone's time to rip it? No time to be sour, gotta go bop to these great pop tunes. Thanks, lads. Expand
  4. ToddT.
    May 25, 2007
    You can let the entire album play and nothing you hear will disappoint you.
  5. ParcoM.
    Aug 25, 2007
    Not the best FOW album ever, but very solid, very enjoyable, and sticks with you, the way true FOW music should.
  6. Jason
    Apr 8, 2007
    Stylus: *dialing Pitchfork: Hello...? Stylus: What score are you going to give the new Fountains of Wayne album? Pitchfork: Well the album did not have Thom Yorke singing, and Greenwood was nowhere to be found as well. So, we will give a slightly inferior album to there last a 3/10. Stylus: Yeah, I noticed the same defects in the album. This shit definetely sucks! Expand
  7. HeathC
    Mar 29, 2007

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