Possessed of much the same richly honeyed and smartly sexy alto that made Chrissie Hynde famous, Washington, D.C., post-punk vet Jenny Toomey has just gone solo with a bang. The musicians' rights activist and ex-member of Liquorice, Tsunami, Geek and Slack chronicles a breakup with agonizingly detailed élan in her new double CD, Antidote. One of the discs was recorded in Chicago, and the other in Nashville with several members of Lambchop, among others. The CD's chamber pop aesthetic -- cello, violin, viola, vibes, trumpet, clarinet and flute all swirl around Toomey's steady voice in a tasteful aural paisley pattern -- carries a dignity seldom found amid the rubble of our millennial malaise. And her cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Fool For You," with its vintage Duke-Peacock/Bobby Bland feel, indicates that Toomey also has been studying the classics. If obvious music with mindless lyrics is what ails you, Jenny Toomey is the Antidote.
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