Welcome Interstate Managers

Welcome Interstate Managers

Named for a New Jersey decorating store beloved by Sopranos characters, Fountains of Wayne watch the goings-on of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd with gimlet eyes. Welcome Interstate Managers, the pop-rockers' third album, affectionately but wryly toasts the great dreams of suburbia. Of course, there's "Stacy's Mom," a Cars-style bopper that finds a teenage boy asking himself "the girlfriend or the mother" and opting for the older woman as his lust object. A handful of other songs tie into the title's business milieu, with a brazen young go-getter trying to pull it together for his "Bright Future in Sales" and an airline pilot fired for reading doper's mag High Times in "Mexican Wine." The laughs feel real, but the most genuine thing here is "Valley Winter Song," a holiday meditation for two.

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