Listening Lab: Fountains of Wayne

Power pop is my own personal classic rock. The good stuff is evergreen and in heavy rotation around here. Fountains of Wayne are masters of the form. Smart. Winsome. Punchy. Witty. Their songs make me so happy. They also make me sort of sad. I can’t really explain how this works but I think the combo is the secret ingredient. Sky Full of Holes is Fountains of Wayne’s new album and “The Summer Place” is a Cheeveresque snapshot that opens with this line: “She’s been afraid of the Cuisinart since 1977.” Actually, so have I. Here’s to warped time and concentric states of mind and the impossible fact that everything and nothing changes.

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