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  • Audio CD (31 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B00000IFW1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE Utopia Parkway (1999 German 14-track CD album picture sleeve with lyrics)

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Loads of New York bands have written songs about their home towns. Few, however, have focused on the suburbs of the City That Never Sleeps: the tree-lined streets populated by commuters and shopping malls that make up much of New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island. This is the world of disaffected youth, the "gee-whiz" America of Frank Capra films colliding with the suburban nightmare of Amityville (which is, after all, a town on Long Island). Utopia Parkway is, in effect, a concept album about the world that's just a short train journey from Manhattan yet an eternity away from big city life. Songwriting duo Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger--the creative forces behind the Fountains Of Wayne--treat their subject with humour and dignity, singing about the lives and dreams of the suburbanites who populate their songs against a backdrop of soccer moms and high school proms. Moreover, the songs are flawless gems of guitar-driven pop perfection, like Teenage Fanclub at their best, running the gamut from fine to fantastic: from the rocking single "Denise" to the vintage pop of "Laser Show" and "The Valley Of Malls" to the witticisms of "Red Dragon Tattoo" ("Now I look a little more like that guy from Korn"). Utopia Parkway is a knowing portrait of a neglected aspect of American life and--most importantly--a perfect pop album. --Robert Burrow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 6 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've only just acquired a copy of this album, though it's been on my 'wish list' for ages - and it lives up to all the plaudits, five-star reviews and critical acclaim. It's one of those albums I'm going to enjoy getting to know better and better, but it's already a favourite!
The wonderful title track (which opens the album), the superb 'Red Dragon Tattoo' and 'Lost In Space' are the songs already buzzing around my head, but I don't think there's a duff track on here.
I think the FoW website suggests that they have another album on the way - at one time it was assumed that they'd split up - and I hope this turns out to be true...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Following on from their self-titled debut, the New York quartet surpass all expectations with this fantastic album - more of the same Beach Boys harmonies, more of the same Beatlesesque melodies and clever,playful lyricisms, more of what sets them apart from the majority of American rock today. From the opening stomp of the title track, through the frazzled psychedelia of 'Go,Hippie' and pop-punk rush of 'Lost In Space', to the wistful piano balladry of 'Prom Theme', this is a superb second album from one of the States' most under-rated bands.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Utopia Parkway has to be my favourate CD of all time. If I was washed on to a desert island I would be clutching this album with one hand with my CD player in the other. Fountains of Wayne are so under-rated its not true. Yet everyone who I play the album to,love it. Pure gold, there is no better album for middle of the road american rock.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2000
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After such a good debut album, I wondered how Fountains Of Wayne would fare with their second offering. The answer in my eyes is that they have produced a classic. From start to finish they take you on another journey to American suburbia with tales of humour, love and melancholy. Powerful guitar riffs interchange with delicate piano resulting in an exhilarating 45 minutes worth of sheer perfection. Definitely essential listening.
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By Alister King on 15 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Geeky US alt-rock meets power-pop. Yes! Killer hooks & harmonies combine with Intelligent, wry, postmodern humour informed by life in the New York suburbs. Songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger are a modern day Lennon & McCartnery and thats how they deliver flawless gems of guitar-driven pop perfection album after album. Everythings good on this record but I'll single out a coupla favs: Valley Of Malls & Go Hippie. Valley Of Malls drops straight in on a killer riff before finding a jiggy agitated rhythm that fits well given the fact that this is about going for a wee: "And we're leaving all the road for dead, We're getting tired of the twists and turns. You gotta go when human nature calls. We're driving, we're driving Through the valley of malls." Go Hippie seems to take the piss out of a Hippy they know, but ultimately demonstrates the FOW's USP; finding the epic, the tragic and the hilarious in the most mundane of human situations. .
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By gramar on 12 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion its probably the best FoW album - just pipping the first.

Theres not too many rock out songs Denise probably the only real song of this type but its a great tune. If Troubled times had been written by a boy band it would have been number one for weeks - Amity gardens, Fine day for a parade and Prom theme are also stand-out tracks on the slower side. Special mention is given to the title track and Red dragon tattoo.

Others I didnt particulary like are Lost in space - not very catchy in my opinion and the same goes for Valley of malls.

I was hoping for a few more guitar driven power-pop type tunes along the lines of Radiation vibe or Please dont rock me tonight but in general its a more sentimental gentle album and when all said and done its a great collection of songs.
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