Utopia Parkway

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Utopia Parkway
Utopia parkway cover.jpg
Studio album by Fountains of Wayne
Released April 6, 1999
Studio Stratosphere Sound, New York City
Genre
Length 45:35
Label Atlantic
Producer
Fountains of Wayne chronology
Fountains of Wayne
(1996)
Utopia Parkway
(1999)
Welcome Interstate Managers
(2003)
Singles from Utopia Parkway
  1. "Denise"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Red Dragon Tattoo"
    Released: 1999
  3. "Troubled Times"
    Released: 1999

Utopia Parkway is the second studio album by the American rock band Fountains of Wayne. It was released by Atlantic Records in April 1999.

Cover[edit]

The album is named after a major street that connects the neighborhoods of Utopia and Beechhurst in the Queens borough of New York City, and its street sign is featured on the album cover.

Details[edit]

Dropped by Atlantic after sales failed to meet expectations, the band had a growing dispute with the company after it put no effort into promoting the albums single "Troubled Times".[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5[3]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
Melody Maker 4/5 stars[5]
MSN Music A−[6]
NME 5/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 5.1/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Spin 8/10[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]

Utopia Parkway was named an "Album of the Week" by People Magazine in 1999 upon its release,[12] but received mixed reviews from music press with some claiming the album showed the band "lacked depth" [13] while others declared it a "masterpiece from the moment you first hear it".[14]

The album contains two fan favorite songs from the Fountains' live performances:[citation needed] "Red Dragon Tattoo," about a boy who gets a tattoo to impress a girl, and "Denise," a faux-grunge power-pop confection where the songwriters show their intentionally bad and comic writing with "She works at Liberty Travel/ She's got a heart made of gravel." "Troubled Times," originally written by Collingwood when he and Schlesinger were in a previous incarnation of Fountains of Wayne called Pinnwheel, is also a fan favorite.

"Red Dragon Tattoo" was featured prominently throughout the Stephen King mini-series Kingdom Hospital. The 2008 Dar Williams album Promised Land includes a cover of "Troubled Times".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger.

  1. "Utopia Parkway" – 3:09
  2. "Red Dragon Tattoo" – 3:32
  3. "Denise" – 2:32
  4. "Hat and Feet" – 3:03
  5. "The Valley of Malls" – 3:23
  6. "Troubled Times" – 3:39
  7. "Go, Hippie" – 3:58
  8. "A Fine Day For a Parade" – 4:13
  9. "Amity Gardens" – 3:11
  10. "Laser Show" – 2:24
  11. "Lost in Space" – 2:19
  12. "Prom Theme" – 3:09
  13. "It Must Be Summer" – 3:19
  14. "The Senator's Daughter" – 3:44
  15. "I Know You Well" – 3:26 (Japan bonus track)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fountains of Wayne". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Utopia Parkway – Fountains of Wayne". AllMusic. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway". Alternative Press (131): 94. June 1999. 
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (April 23, 1999). "Utopia Parkway". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway". Melody Maker: 38. May 22, 1999. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 19, 2011). "Fountains of Wayne". MSN Music. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Stubbs, David (May 19, 1999). "Fountains Of Wayne – Utopia Parkway". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (April 6, 1999). "Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (April 15, 1999). "Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 12, 2003. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric (May 1999). "Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway". Spin. 15 (5): 152–54. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ Gundersen, Edna (April 27, 1999). "Taking a dreamy drive down 'Utopia Parkway'". USA Today. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20127957,00.html
  13. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/review/fountainsofwayne-utopia/
  14. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/fountains-of-wayne-emutopia-parkwayem-20779

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