Fountains of Wayne, 'Sky Full of Holes' (Yep Roc)

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Sky Full of Holes
Critical Mass
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Label: Yep Roc

by Stacey Anderson

The "Stacy's Mom" jangle-pop purveyors offer plenty of excellent cues for summertime activities on their perky fifth album, from passing out on tables ("Radio Bar") to lounging in seaside cabanas ("A Dip in the Ocean") to "staring at the sun with no pants on" ("Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart"). Sky eschews the occasional decade-hopscotching of 2007's Traffic and Weather, reaching a new, raw sincerity and cohesiveness: "Hate to See You Like This" is an anxious entreaty to a depressed girlfriend exquisitely framed by a dramatic backdrop of electric and acoustic guitars.

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