While 2003’s Welcome Interstate Managers will probably be remembered as the high point of their career, the last couple of albums released by Fountains of Wayne — 2007’s Traffic and Weather and (especially) 2011’s Sky Full of Holes were both full of excellent, well-crafted pop songs.
Which I hope they do every few years forever. In fact, now that it’s been a few years since Sky Full of Holes, it’s about time for a new one, don’t you think?
In the meantime, we can still make do with “Cemetery Guns,” the last song on Sky Full of Holes. All acoustic and featuring a slow martial beat, “Cemetery Guns” features yet another utterly gorgeous Chris Collingwood and Adam Scheslinger harmonized chorus:
Cemetery guns go bang bang bang
Shooting all the sky full of holes
Twenty-one times in row
For the blue war widow in the gray raincoat
On the green grass down below
It’s a beautiful, evocative scene, and one of the things that makes it sad is that it could have happened at any time in our country’s history, as we have always made war widows, and we always will.
“Cemetery Guns” performed live in 2011
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