Chuck Arnold and Ralph Novak
April 30, 2007 12:00 PM

Traffic and Weather
ALT-POP

Fountains of Wayne continue to display a penchant for the witty, detailed storytelling that marked 2003’s hit “Stacy’s Mom.” Here the cast of characters includes a woman who works “behind window B” at the DMV (on “Yolanda Hayes”), a suspicious boyfriend who spies his girl “with some guy wearing light-blue Dockers pants” (on “This Better Be Good”) and a couple who have lost their luggage—and their patience—after a long trip (on “Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim”). To go along with their knack for narrative, FOW have a gift for breezy melodies and breezier harmonies that make these power-pop tunes go by like smooth cruising down the highway.

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