By Ty Burr
July 11, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Out-of-State Plates

Instantly making a lot of bootleg compilations obsolete, this two-disc collection, Out-of-State Plates, of ”non-album tracks etc. 1996 — 2005” from these beloved cult popsmiths, Fountains of Wayne, culls rarities eternal (”I Know You Well,” a Beatlesque No. 1 hit in an alternate universe) and ephemeral (”Half a Woman,” more worthy of They Might Be Giants on an off night). Two new tunes and Howard Stern’s favorite cover version of ”. . .Baby One More Time” are included. Essential listening, especially for those who only know ”Stacy’s Mom.”

Out-of-State Plates

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