Saturday, July 16, 2011

Please Don't Rock Me Tonight

"Whatever tense alchemy exists between Schlesinger and Collingwood still works. The first single off Sky, 'Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart,' is a bullet train of power chords, chiming pianos, and beguiling wordplay. But now workaday tales are undercut with dread: 'Richie and Ruben' details a string of failed business deals; 'The Summer Place' finds a family being undone by decades-old rifts; and 'Action Hero' stars a put-upon father coming to terms with his own mortality. The middle-class heroes of Utopia Parkway are now an endangered species. Tellingly, their namesake store in Jersey went out of business in 2009."

Brian Raftery in New York talks with Fountains of Wayne.

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