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Utopia Parkway
Fountains of Wayne
Utopia Parkway
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Fountains of Wayne's second album is somewhat of a new thing under the sun: Pet Sounds for '90s Jersey high schoolers. Main-men Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood litter these songs with cultural references (Pink Floyd...  more »


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All Artists: Fountains of Wayne
Title: Utopia Parkway
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 4/6/1999
Release Date: 4/6/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075678317729

Fountains of Wayne's second album is somewhat of a new thing under the sun: Pet Sounds for '90s Jersey high schoolers. Main-men Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood litter these songs with cultural references (Pink Floyd laser shows, tattoos, Puff Daddy, lavender Lexuses, "You Dropped a Bomb on Me"), but their "Valley of Malls" is saturated with as much bittersweetness as that of Adam Sandler's wedding singer. The pop-savvy Schlesinger--who also puts in time as a member of Ivy and wrote That Thing You Do!'s title song--is wiseacre enough to dub a touching ELO tribute "Prom Theme," but when the album ends with one of the kids falling for "The Senator's Daughter," it feels as openhearted as when Brian Wilson puzzled over why he just wasn't made for these times. --Rickey Wright

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Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 7/1/2009...
This band is much more than "Stacy's Mom". They are always poking fun at something, but they're more than just a novelty group. I was surprised to find there is actually music on this CD and not just a bunch of teenagers horsing around.
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The long road to success
kendall lopere | H-Town, Tx, USA | 09/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Naming your sophomore album after a road in Queens, NY that goes pretty much nowhere hardly bodes well, and it's not surprising the radio stations and general record buying public stayed well clear of this album. I mean, why would anyone be interested in a collection of songs that were funny, witty, tuneful, melodic, bittersweet and catchy as SARS. The fact that they're also AM radio-tastic, full of hooks and generally under 3 minutes long too must also have been a huge turn off. 1999 was, remember, the year that Limp Bizkit released "Significant other" and Kid Rock's "Devil without a cause" was taking over the airwaves. This record was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Fast forward to 2003 - Fred Durst can't even get a date with Britney Spears and the Fountains of Wayne are making their own, belated attempt at airwave domination. So hopefully more people will see the cheerful little blue cover of "Utopia Parkway" and be encourage to take out the shiny little cd, pop it into their player and hit . And they will not be disappointed.
"Utopia Parkway" is proof that FOW are brilliant and indeed have always been brilliant - it's just the rest of the world that was wrong all along. Musically it's a bit less rock-y than the debut, and a touch more rock-y than "Welcome Interstate Managers", but that's as maybe. The songwriting, musicianship and ability are just as good, and the album sounds as great on first listen as it does on 3 millionth. The songs, as usual, revolve around character that live and work in the New York metro area and mostly hate it, but the deftness and depth of these characterizations is what sticks in the mind here, funny without being cruel, sympathetic without being mushy, the songs could only be written from experience, from the heart of someone who knows the subject matter intimately.
My second and third songs on the album, if forced to choose are "Denise" and "It must be summer". Beautifully funny, catchy tunes about chasing girls and living life with the top down and the pedal to the metal ("I know this girl named Denise - she makes me weak at the knees").
The best song on the album, however, and the best song they've written, and the best song that anybody ever has written is "Troubled Times". A tender ballad to true love, this song alone is worth buying this album for a million times, and giving copies to all your friends, your friends' friends and all the world leaders with hearts of stone. This'll bring world peace in 3 minutes 36 seconds.
The Fountains Of Wayne have always been brilliant. You now have to pay for your years of neglecting them."
One of 1999's Top Ten Rock Releases | Aliquippa, PA United States | 12/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, I'd first like to say that Utopia Parkway is MUCH different than Fountains Of Wayne's self titled debut. On the other hand, there are more than a handful of similarities.First of all, don't buy this expecting a bunch of two and a half minute power pop romps. There are a quite a few, but the lovely, wise mouth ballads share the same amount of time with them. "Prom Theme" comes close to being seriously sad (well, until you read the lyrics a few times over). "Fine Day For A Parade" reminds me of "She's Got A Problem" from their first record, except that "Parade" is a bit more meloncoly. But that's where the differences end. "Denise," "Laser Show," and "Lost In Space" are great power pop anthems. They have the same bombast as the majority of the tunes from the first record. "Red Dragon Tattoo" has got to be one of the most catchy, sarcastic songs I have ever heard.Whether you want to hear it or not, this is REAL pop rock. This winner is a sure-fire top ten "Best Albums" entry....the question is, why don't you have it yet?"