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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 656605501024
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 355,436

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Patsy Cline (4:30)
  2. 2 Baby Would It Matter (2:54)
  3. 3 Word Traffic (4:17)
  4. 4 Fall on Me (4:29)
  5. 5 Clear Cut (3:59)
  6. 6 Breezewood, Pa (4:22)
  7. 7 Needmore, Pa (4:22)
  8. 8 Useless Excuses (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Unclaimed (4:13)
  2. 2 Charm City (5:11)
  3. 3 The Smell of Him (5:33)
  4. 4 When You Get Cold (3:14)
  5. 5 Know from Me (3:51)
  6. 6 Artful Dodger (6:08)
  7. 7 Fool for You (4:11)
  8. 8 Further Unclaimed (4:16)
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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
Josh Abrams Bass
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
Technical Credits
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Jenny Toomey Producer
David Trumfio Producer
Mike Hagler Engineer
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