Fountains of WayneTraffic and Weather
Essential: "Yolanda Hayes"
We dont know why it takes so long for Fountains of Wayne to make new records typically three or four years but well suffer the breaks for the now typically terrific payoff. On its fourth album, the quartet continues to craft tracks that veer from silly to sublime, from power-pop guitar anthems to country rock with lyrical wit, musical panache, and equal measures of sincerity and irony. The delight is, as usual, in the tiny details and the twists of tongue: the Virginia is for Lovers T-shirts on sale at the rest-stop gift shop on the melancholy I-95; two coots telling each other jokes that they both know that they both know in the restless New Routine. If Traffic and Weather, doesnt as frequently pack the knock-out punch of 2003s superb Welcome Interstate Managers, it still more than holds its own in the fight for pop music that is both catchy and canny. [Sarah Rodman] Fountains of Wayne plays at the Paradise Rock Club