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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 550 Music
  • ASIN: B00000DCHR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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This slightly altered version of Ivy's 1997 instant classic of savvy semi-lounge pop keeps its virtues--Dominique Durand's breathy vocals, the winsome tunefulness, its lyrics' meld of wistfulness and resoluteness. The changes come in a handful of reworkings that seem designed largely to make the tracks more suited to radio's demands; fans of the earlier versions might prefer them, but the cranked-up drums on "The Best Thing" and changes in "I've Got a Feeling"'s guitar line hardly hurt the songs' charm. Apartment Life remains one of the late '90s' finest melds of mainstream and indie sensibilities. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite CD's ever.
"xander82"
In Apartment life, the sweet sound of Dominique's voice flows seamlessly over the wonderfully created pop songs with an air of indifference.
eradano
Ivy is a mature, complex group that puts out mature, complex music that is easily accessible because it seems so simple.
"rainweirdo"

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "rainweirdo" on June 14, 2004
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.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By eradano on December 21, 2004
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AUTOHYPNOSIS on August 3, 2004
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am in love with Dominique Durand's voice. Her soothing, moody vocals blend with the guitars, drums, and occasional horn sections to create some of the greatest pop melodies I have ever heard. Each song is sublime and perfectly crafted, a testament to the great music skills and talents of Adam Schlesinger, Andy Chase, and Dominique Durand. The whole album exhibits a range of moods and styles, from the upbeat "This Is The Day" to the mellow "Ba Ba Ba". Any fan of pop music should purchase this album - along with Fountains of Wayne (of which Adam Schlesinger is also a member) Ivy is the epitome of pop perfection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rory Mcloughney on January 6, 2005
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justarasta on November 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ivy has become one of my favorite listens. This is really probably their best CD but Long Distance is also excellent. The biggest compliment I can pay this CD is that it has not left my car CD player for a long time. I've got lots of CD's to play and a very short attention span so staying on the platter is a major feat.
Apartment Life is less "cutesy" than Long Distance and while it is still basically pop music (whatever that means), there is a depth to it that transcends the obvious. Like clear warm water, the depth of the music is not apparent from its transparency. Ignore the fact that one song was used in "Something About Mary" - it just means that the producers of that movie found some good music.
While Guest Room still leaves me uninspired, I have to give my highest recommendation to this CD and to a slightly lesser degree Long Distance. While pop music is not normally raised to this level there are other examples, most notably to me Todd Rundgren's music, where it can achieve extraordinary heights by being that tune - or here tunes - that keep you moving through life.
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