Power pop gurus Fountains Of Wayne are blazing back this year with their fourth LP Traffic And Weather, and between their eponymous debut and Welcome Interstate Managers, they’ve got a lot to live up to. Good thing they’re bloody brilliant! The record’s chugging title track’s a dirty burner, “Michael And Heather At The Baggage Claim” is a breezy bit of acoustic pop, “Yolanda Hayes” is an pepped-up dose of horn-blasted ’60s songwriting, and “This Better Be Good” has the heartbroken-harmonies-and-glockenspiel vibe on lockdown. So yeah, we like it — but we’re fanboys. Here’s a stream of the first single, “Someone To Love,” a slice of classic FOW, slinging power chords, synth arpeggios, and a beefy hook.
Fountians Of Wayne – “Someone To Love” (ASX)
Traffic And Weather is out 4/3 on Virgin.