User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 106
  2. Negative: 8 out of 106

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  1. grm
    Aug 4, 2003
    5
    overrated.
  2. Robertv
    Jan 16, 2007
    5
    Stacy's mom is an awesome song the rest sucks
  3. NTHstars
    Jun 21, 2003
    6
    These guys compose perfect feel good, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Beatles era pop, that treads no new ground. Destined for elevators everywhere. The opening hook to "Stacey's Mom" is a blatant Cars ripoff. Solid but overrated.
  4. Tom
    Jun 12, 2003
    5
    kinda dull, a little too precious for my blood.
  5. NeilT.H.
    Jun 18, 2003
    6
    This music does not tread any new ground, sonically or otherwise. The opening riff to "Stacey's Mom" is a shameless ripoff of the Cars. This is well-crafted, hummable powerpop, yes, but "Bright Future in Sales", for example, would best serve as the theme song for a "Friends" spinoff where Phoebe branches out to sell Avon products.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Their tunes have always seemed too facile, but seven years divided by three albums doesn't equal glib, especially with those years deepening their lyricism rather than their cynicism.
  2. Not only their crowning achievement to date but also one of the year's finest albums, period.
  3. The secret to Fountains of Wayne's genius is the ability to infuse personality into a typically personalityless segment of America, making sadness and mundanity both interesting and deceptively fun.