Album of the Day
“When we were teenagers, we liked listening to Kinks records because we'd never been to England, and we got a sense of what it was like to live there,” said the late, great Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne's second album. Named after a Queens, N.Y. thoroughfare, UTOPIA PARKWAY revels in the people, places and music of Schlesinger and fellow singer-songwriter Chris Collingwood's '70s/'80s suburban youth. Such originals as “Troubled Times,” “Red Dragon Tattoo” and “Denise” are filled with memorable melodies and telling lyrical details leavened by a sense of humor. Adding a little muscle to the band, touring guitarist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young joined the line-up to ensure the 1999 Atlantic collection had just the right ratio of power to pop. Crank this one up and enjoy a virtual ride down UTOPIA PARKWAY.