I guess I have an affection for Fountains of Wayne, seeing as they were named after an outdoor garden store aboutÂ five miles from my house.Â But Iâ€™m way too old to be a big fan of this new music all the kids are into.
Still, Sky Full of Holes, the bandâ€™s firstÂ album since 2007, is damn good fun.
Opening with two acoustic-driven tunes, â€œ The Summer Placeâ€ andÂ â€œRichie and Ruben,â€ I hear lots of that Oasis-via-60â€™s-British-band influence in singer Chris Collingwoodâ€™s voice, but â€œThe Summer Placeâ€ trades on some great sardonic lyrics. Thereâ€™s a nice piano from Adam Schlesinger on the funky â€œAcela,â€ which features some truly inspired drumming from Brian Young as well. Weâ€™re back from more acoustic on the slightly sad â€œAction Hero,â€Â which might be the most completely realized tune on Sky– itâ€™s really good, with Jody Porterâ€™s electric truly adding some understated poignancy. â€œA Dip In The Oceanâ€ pops along, again featuring the bandâ€™s good backing vocals (they even sound like the Beach Boys at times).Â â€œCold Comfort Flowersâ€ has a great riff andÂ â€œRoad Songâ€ is lifted from the usual of this ilk with some great piano playing. Thereâ€™s a nice country feel (and better sounding vocal) on â€œWorkmanâ€™s Hand,â€ a big pop sad expanse on â€œHate To See You Like This,â€ and an attempt at some really serious commentary on the last tune â€œCemetery Guns,â€ which hasÂ a very solid lyric and nice march-like roll.