Unlike the iconic Ft. Wayne NJ garden store that inspired its name, Fountains of Wayne are still very much open for business. In fact, their new album Sky Full of Holes sounds like a whole new beginning for the band and its powerhouse songwriting duo Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger. Called, “full-fledged art heroes” by The Dean of Rock Critics Robert Christgau, FOW continue their reign as pop music masters, while Collingwood and Schlesinger also explore new frontiers within their unique respective songwriting aesthetics. Ranging from high-energy power pop to intimate, acoustic-driven ballads, Sky Full of Holes tracks “The Summer Place” and “Richie And Ruben” showcase the band’s renowned storytelling abilities and flair for creating memorable characters; elsewhere, the album takes a more impressionistic approach, as in the shimmering “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart” and the elegiac “Cemetery Guns.” Sky Full of Holes is Fountains’ most successful distillation of their musical maxims to date, but it’s also a whole hell of a lot of fun.
The critical praise is already piling up for Sky Full of Holes. Check out these reviews!
“…this album warms up to its characters…even if Mr. Collingwood and Mr. Schlesinger can’t resist a couplet as neat as “Let’s get your phone reconnected/Let’s get this room disinfected,” it also sounds as if they care about the people.” [full review]
“Sky Full of Holes unveils unexpected riches that include new dimensions of sincerity and depth.” [full review]
7/10 (*user rating is 9.7/10)
“Sky eschews the occasional decade-hopscotching of 2007’s Traffic and Weather, reaching a new, raw sincerity and cohesiveness…” [full review]
Sky Full of Holes is available in stores nationwide and online now. You can get the CD or 180 gram LP now at the YEP ROC STORE. Every order of the CD or LP includes an instant digital download of the album to start enjoying right away!
Today (8/2) only, you can get the full digital album at Amazon for only $3.99. Click HERE to download now!
Sky Full of Holes is also available now on iTunes.