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Utopia Parkway

Fountains Of Wayne, Ralph FarrisAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000IFW1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 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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Fountains Of Wayne Utopia Parkway German CD album

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The long road to success September 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 <play>. 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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 1999's Top Ten Rock Releases December 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing I've bought in awhile June 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I don't buy many new albums anymore. Back in the old days -- the mid-'80s -- albums would be $5.98 or $6.98 and you wouldn't feel so bad about spending it on new music, because if you got two great songs and three good songs out of an LP of 12 tunes, you figured it was okay. But with CDs costing $12, $13, sometimes $16, there's no way I'm gonna pay those bucks unless I know the record is something I'll still be listening to two or three (or, maybe, 10) years from now.
I first heard of Fountains of Wayne when their first record made a lot of critics' top tens in 1996, with accompanying enthusiastic reviews for their power pop. Hmm, I thought, I ought to check this out -- and I wasn't disappointed. Between "Radiation Vibe," "Leave the Biker," and especially "Sick Day," the album ranked highly among my recent collection. I looked forward to the second album, even as I wondered if the group was a one-shot, since both Schlesinger and Collingwood had side projects going.
Finally, there it was: Utopia Parkway. Clever title, I thought, named as it was for one of the most ill-named streets in the country, a standard chunk of New York City concrete and asphalt. But what was it going to be LIKE? The Amazon.com and other reviews seemed mixed.
Well, I'm not mixed. I like it more each time I play it. The occasionally angry and sludgy guitars of the first CD have been toned down, replaced by tuneful arrangements and more confidence. The guys KNOW they have good songs, and they do them just right. I don't know if there's a bum track on the whole thing. (Well, maybe "Go, Hippie.")
It's a fine line to walk.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fountains of Wayne are AWESOME - BUY THIS CD!!! July 3, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The Beach Boys seem to come up quite a bit in reviews of Fountains of Wayne. The comparison makes sense, since both bands have the obvious ability to write perfectly-crafted pop songs.

However, where the Beach Boys songs were filled with the sun and sand of Southern california, FOW's melodies and lyrics focus on the asphalt and tiny lawns of east-coast suburbia. Summers on the Jersey shore, Coney Island tattoo parlors, bridge-and-tunnel Manhattan commuters, and suburban soccer moms with minivans... these are the stuff Foutains of Wayne's great songs are made of.

Utopia Parkway is, in my opinion, an even better CD than their self-titled debut. The songs on Utopia Parkway might not be as instantly catchy as "Survival Car", "Radiation Vibe", or "Leave the Biker" from the 1st album. But songs like "Senator's Daughter", "Valley of Malls", and the title track get better with every listen. And "Troubled Times" is just about as sweet and as beautiful a song as you'll ever hear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Next Gen American Skiffle", maybe?
It's been said on reviews of many ELO albums that some of the Beatles saw ELO as kid brothers to the Beatles, but I feel that this is when ELO is measured by the yardstick of Fab... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. L. MILLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album...great artists.
If you enjoy power pop this album delivers it. With the popular tracks Red Dragon Tattoo and Denise, this second effort by Fountains of Wayne is a pleasurable listening experience.
Published 9 months ago by Jethro M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Head Out On The Highway
I'm one of the fans of Fountains of Wayne that grew into the band backwards, tricked into loving them by the fact that "Stacy's Mom" was such a ridiculous earworm that I had to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top-tier release.
"Utopia Parkway" (1999) Did Not Chart What!
2nd album "Utopia Parkway", is as close as it comes to a late 70's early 80's new wave sounding album, there is. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars great harmony pop!
Probably the best F.O.W. album out there. Classic harmony pop music with total class. Cannot really compare their music to anyone else. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by Steve Kelty
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard not to be biased because they own a big piece of my heart!
I simply love this band. I love their attitude and humor. I love their upbeat powerpop with nice guitar lines and harmonies. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by M. Hansen
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting record
This was FOW's 2nd record and you can tell why the public didn't react with a purchasing fervor. It doesn't have what you would call "singles" all over it. Read more
Published on September 27, 2007 by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD!
This is a great CD. There is not one song that I do not like. It has this 70's sound to it. I love to listen to it over and over again. My favorite song is Dragon Tattoo.
Published on June 4, 2007 by M. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best work to date, plus a bonus track
This album shows a wide range of lyrical and musical talent -- a talent for whimsy and humor, sympathy, melody, harmony, and rich production that overlays guitars, keyboards, and... Read more
Published on March 27, 2007 by Eric J. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Parkway to Pleasure
The second (and probably least appreciated) album by Fountains of Wayne. Although there are not many chart toppers here (mainly due to the album's softer tone), I found the album... Read more
Published on August 26, 2006 by DougMc
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