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"It's a rebirth," says Ivy singer Dominique Durand about All Hours [Nettwerk], the New York trio's new album and first release in six years. "We really had no idea where we were going for a long time. But in my mind, I knew I wanted to go back to some kind of innocence, and also a feeling of energy and excitement. I wanted to make a record based on those very basic ... Read more in Amazon's Ivy Store

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1. The Best Thing
2. I've Got A Feeling
3. This Is The Day
4. Never Do That Again
5. I Get The Message
6. Baker
7. You Don't Know Anything
8. Ba Ba Ba
9. Get Out Of The City
10. These Are The Things About You
11. Quick, Painless And Easy
12. Back In Our Town

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
So pop music can be mature, realistic, and complex?! 15 Jun 2004
By "rainweirdo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ivy isn't my usual taste in music, but I bought one of their albums based on the strength of "Worry About You" from Long Distance after hearing it on Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital (on a side note: hated that show at first, but after watching for a while I think it was turning into something unique and interesting, too bad it didn't get a chance). Ivy's music is, largely, chilled out adult contemporary, pretty poppy, and usually about relationships, exactly the kind of stuff I usually find to be way too cheesy and juvenile, but this New York trio is anything but that, and I've come to love them. They create such mellow, such cool sounds overlaid by Durand's breathy French accented vocals that are somehow powerful and very subtle and understated at the same time. Most importantly, at their best they tap into REAL emotions with a direct but languid ease that I have never really encountered before in pop. While listening to Ivy, it just feels like they're talking about my life without ever referring to anything specific, just bringing up emotions and vibes. Apartment Life is their best album, a transistory point between the more up-tempo, acoustic indie-rock of Realistic and the layered, ultra mellow, endlessly relaxing sounds of Long Distance. They cut lose a couple times with fast paced (but still chilled out) quiet-rockers like The Best Thing and You Don't Know Anything, then tap into the more synthetic poppish styles that rule Long Distance with the likes of Quick, Painless And Easy and Ba Ba Ba and with a very unusual frequency they manage to tap into an emotional vibe that is just perfect, without drawing attention to itself. Their best songs are sublime, in the truest snese of the word. On Apartment Life, the best example of this is the final song, Back In Our Town (their best song to date, in my opinion), an absolutely gorgeous and haunting ballad. It's not the type of song that makes you sit up and listen and go "Whoah, wow!," instead it's the kind of song that makes you sit back and just take it in, and when it's fading you realize what a unique experience is leaving you (not only the song, but in this case, since it is the last song, the entire album).
Check Ivy out. Like I said, they're not really my type of music. Normaly I go for Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and Mars Volta, but I love them anyway because at their best they make me feel sad, happy, at peace, comforted and lonely all at the same time, without ever forcing or seeming to try to make me feel anything at all. The first few times I listened to them I thought they were a little too sunny and light (and I still find a very small number of their songs to be, but those are by far the minority), but that's just the surface. Ivy is a mature, complex group that puts out mature, complex music that is easily accessible because it seems so simple. They have a depth that few do.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
pleasing sounds found here 21 Dec 2004
By eradano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What saddens me about being a fan of this type of pop music is that I live in the US and I'll never be able to hear any of my favorite bands on the radio. In fact the only time I've heard Ivy outside of my place and my car was while I was waiting for my girlfriend who was shopping at some boutique, (this did make me question my choice of music, but only for a fleeting second). In Apartment life, the sweet sound of Dominique's voice flows seamlessly over the wonderfully created pop songs with an air of indifference. Ivy ranks up there with Saint Etienne, and Belle and Sebastian as my favorite pop groups, and this CD is a good one to get if you're at all interested in their wonderful sound. Maybe one day the relentless teen pop that comes streaming towards me from the tv and the radio will one day ebb in a moment of bliss as people realize that there are other facets of pop music out there. Until then, I'll just bide my time and listen to my Ivy at home and in the car; and when it's played as I patiently wait in the boutiques, I'll smile and tap my shoe.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Female-fronted pop at its best 3 Aug 2004
By AUTOHYPNOSIS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I consider this album one of the quintessential pop albums featuring a female lead singer. "Apartment Life" has everything you could want in such an album: Great songwriting, featuring incredibly catchy melodies; concise arrangements; flawless production that manages not to feel overproduced or mechanical; and, to top it all off, the unique, beautiful vocal stylings of Dominique Durand.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As their website says "pop without that bitter aftertaste"! 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was snowed in last winter in Minneapolis, just killing time & stopped in a CD shop. This album, which I had never heard before, was spinning & I walked in as "Never Do That Again" was playing. Immediately, Dominique's voice was hauntingly beautiful, as was the song hauntingly sad. As I continued to browse, I was amazed at how catchy every song was and purchased "Apartment Life" right on the spot. Almost a year later, it is still refreshing every time I hear it. "Realistic" was not quite as good, and I eagerly await a new release.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Remarkable music 6 Jan 2005
By Rory Mcloughney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely remarkable album - one of the first I have heard in a long, long time that I loved from the very first listen (was inspired to purchase it after catching a brief snatch of 'Thinking of you" at the end of Shallow Hal). Each and every piece is a classic, amazing that IVY haven't received more airplay over here (Ireland)
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