michael gallucci


In album review on 07/14/2011 at 11:22 am

Fountains of Wayne

Sky Full of Holes

(Yep Roc)

Since the last Fountains of Wayne album in 2007, babies have been born, hair has been lost, and youthful irresponsibility has been curbed. Their fifth album, Sky Full of Holes, addresses midlife crises the only way songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger know how: with super-catchy pop songs that don’t sound all that miserable on the surface. But dig deeper and you’ll hear characters coming to terms with their fears (“The Summer Place”), their failures (“Action Figure”), and their mortality (“Cemetery Guns”). It’s a long way from “Stacy’s Mom,” the MILF classic that almost made them stars in 2003. Fountains of Wayne are older and more meditative on Sky Full of Holes. “At 15, shoplifting was the only game she liked to play/At 40, she’s so bored,” Collingwood sings. Welcome to adulthood, guys. 


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