Victory Park

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Tara Key has long been Antietam's not-so-secret weapon, her jaw-dropping solos unskeined so readily that you've got to wonder how she gets left off anyone's list of guitar heroes. Her fierce ruling leads are in full evidence on Victory Park, the band's first outing in a decade. But the disc also opens up heretofore unexplored reaches of the Antietam universe, as evidenced in the gentle, summery opener, "New Parade," which gets an extra dose of buoyancy from Mark Howell's trumpet playing. "Attract Mode" carries a similarly coquettish tone, with Key replacing her often confrontational vocal stance with more of a come-hither flirt. As the disc develops, darker tones creep...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Tara Key has long been Antietam's not-so-secret weapon, her jaw-dropping solos unskeined so readily that you've got to wonder how she gets left off anyone's list of guitar heroes. Her fierce ruling leads are in full evidence on Victory Park, the band's first outing in a decade. But the disc also opens up heretofore unexplored reaches of the Antietam universe, as evidenced in the gentle, summery opener, "New Parade," which gets an extra dose of buoyancy from Mark Howell's trumpet playing. "Attract Mode" carries a similarly coquettish tone, with Key replacing her often confrontational vocal stance with more of a come-hither flirt. As the disc develops, darker tones creep in -- the brooding "The Annunciation" suggests a spaghetti-western theme as hatched by Brian Eno, while "Skying" one of two tracks to feature Katie Gentile's lovely violin work suggests the spooky minimalism of Young Marble Giants. Those who have come to love the band's improvisational wizardry will find plenty to chew on here as well, particularly on the slowly unfolding "Chronicle of a Gift Horse," which is kicked up a notch by guitar work from guest Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo. A subtly mesmerizing and genuinely uplifting way to slip into springtime.
All Music Guide - Charles Spano
After ten years, Antietam returns with their seventh album Victory Park, an indie pop record that plays like Yo La Tengo in the sunniest of moods. While "The Annunciation" moves with a familiar groove, descended straight from the Velvet Underground and the late-'80s Hoboken scene, "Attract Mode" is actually closer to the '60s summer pop outfit the Free Design. Victory Park is never as aggressive as the band's critically acclaimed 1990 record, Burgoo, but this simmering rock and dream pop album takes an appropriate stride for a band that has been playing together since 1986. "Wish Factor" makes Antietam suddenly sound resonant again, in the same manner that the entirety of Murray Street did for Sonic Youth. With subtle, almost shoegazer tunes like "Blue Rose Melancholy," Antietam is unlikely to pick up new fans from the legions of pop punk kids who think the new Green Day record is nostalgic. But those who remember what indie rock meant in the early '90s, and either missed Antietam or forgot about them, will be blissfully transported back to the time of bands like Galaxie 500 and Teenage Fanclub; a time when the Afghan Whigs and the Breeders were on MTV's Alternative Nation. In a way, Victory Park is Antietam's best record, whether it is relevant to the times of its release or not, and it's a little bit sad that the band is not as well-known as Luna.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Carrot Top Records
  • UPC: 789397003725
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 365,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Parade
  2. 2 Attract Mode
  3. 3 The Annunciation
  4. 4 Wish Factor
  5. 5 Blue Rose Melancholy
  6. 6 The Hold
  7. 7 I Swear
  8. 8 Skying
  9. 9 Walk Away
  10. 10 Stowaway
  11. 11 Ricochet
  12. 12 Chronicle of a Gift Horse
  13. 13 Coldwater Pride
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Antietam Primary Artist
Mark Howell Trumpet
Ira Kaplan Guitar
Josh Madell Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Tara Key Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Tim Harris Bass, Cello, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Katie Gentile Violin
Technical Credits
Antietam Composer
Tara Key Engineer
Tim Harris Engineer
Tara Jane O'Neil Engineer, Audio Production
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