It's been four years since Fountains of Wayne's last studio album, but the wait has been more than worth it, because FOW produces incredibly well-constructed pop. Besides a gift for hummable melodies, the group's bite-size vignettes of middle-class angst (think John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom) reveal a novelist's eye for detail. This ensures a three-dimensionality most pop songs lack; from pimping a "'92 Subaru" to hitting on the DMV clerk ("Yolanda Hayes"), they rarely fail to deliver a fresh take. The album takes on an '80s air at times, including the slinky "Strapped for Cash," whose horns sound... More >>>