Review: Look Park by Look Park

Look Park by Look ParkChris Collingwood is one of the founding members of Fountains of Wayne – yes, those guys who sang about Stacy’s mother. It’s been five years since they released an album, and that band’s prospects look bleak for the moment, so for now, we have Chris, releasing a solo album under the name Look Park. That record does not have the catchy hooks of his previous band, or at least that band’s most popular work: instead we get something just as catchy, but with more focus on the melodies. The songs are definitely heartfelt, if not sentimental – but not the sickly kind. More acoustic, perhaps more wizened; the stories somehow feel more compelling with the new digs. Towards the end it feels like Chris is channeling his inner Colin Meloy, even. Not that Look Park set out to dethrone the Decemberists – but I make the comparison because it gives me that feel. A worthy addition. [NB]4/5

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