Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Fountains of Wayne routinely take a full four years in between albums, but every time they do offer up a new batch of tunes, you know they're going to be solid and well-crafted. Sky Full of Holes is no exception, with a dozen or so short stories backed by a wall of (seemingly) effortless hooks and melodies. Songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger continue to populate their songs with a variety of characters, like the woman with some amusingly bad memories of "The Summer Place", or the bumbling business partners in "Richie and Ruben." This time around, however, the music is considerably rootsier and more laid-back; the songs are primarily acoustic guitar-based, with hardly any of the electric crunch that dominated many songs on previous albums Traffic and Weather and Welcome Interstate Managers. I guess this makes Fountains of Wayne less of a "power pop" band this time around, but so be it.