Antidote

Antidote

by Jenny Toomey
     
 

It would be an understatement to say that the wait was worth it. Jenny Toomey's Antidote, her first release of major significance since Tsunami's A Brilliant Mistake from 1997, isn't just a welcome return; its greatness, spread across four sides (or two CDs), all but sets a new standard for indie rock and chamber pop. Categorizing Antidote as a…  See more details below

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It would be an understatement to say that the wait was worth it. Jenny Toomey's Antidote, her first release of major significance since Tsunami's A Brilliant Mistake from 1997, isn't just a welcome return; its greatness, spread across four sides (or two CDs), all but sets a new standard for indie rock and chamber pop. Categorizing Antidote as a double record about a faltering relationship is misleading -- it contains none of the baggage-dumping and stifling self-absorption that the phrase implies. Toomey also appears to have knocked down any remaining walls in her songwriting, writing from the gut more than ever and allowing for the listener to get closer. This could be attributed to a significant widening of her listening tastes; there's little doubt that she's devoured plenty of soul, jazz, and classic pop records since Tsunami's end -- notice the similarity of structure between some of the songs here and the faithful (and beautiful) rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "Fool for You" for evidence. Two discs consisting of eight songs apiece separate the recording locales and the personnel, but certainly not the consistency of material (none of these 16 songs are merely taking up space). The Chicago half, produced with the Pulsars' David Trumfio, benefits from an all-star backup team behind Toomey; the Nashville half, recorded with Lambchop and gospel/country producer Mark Nevers, features support from several members of Lambchop. The two discs have different personalities, but play excessively well back-to-back, employing plenty of piano, strings, pedal steel, and horns that figure prominently rather than add mere ornamentation to the arrangements. The gent who inspired Toomey to write these songs should be thanked and thumped. Something great has certainly come from Toomey's pain, but whew -- what a dork.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Misra Records
UPC:
0656605501024
catalogNumber:
10

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jenny Toomey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Greenberg   Organ,Electric Piano
Matt Swanson   Bass
Dan Littleton   Guitar
Mike Hagler   Vibes
Edith Frost   Vocals
Luther Gray   Drums
Tony Crow   Organ,Piano,Bells
Andrew Bird   Violin,Viola,Vocals
Paul Niehaus   Bass,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Paul Burch   Percussion,Drums
Marc William Trovillion   Bass
Amy Domingues   Bass,Piano,Cello
Jonathan Marx   Clarinet
John Navin   Vocals
Kevin Cordt   Flute,Trumpet
Johnny Nevin   Vocals
Jean Cook   Violin,Viola
Joshua Abrams   Bass

Technical Credits

Mark Nevers   Producer,Engineer
Jenny Toomey   Producer
David Trumfio   Producer
Mike Hagler   Engineer

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