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In the Clear

IvyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B0007GAEIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nothing But The Sky
2. Thinking About You
3. Keep Moving
4. Tess Don't Tell
5. Four In The Morning
6. Corners Of Your Mind
7. Clear My Head
8. I've Got You Memorized
9. Ocean City Girl
10. Feel So Free

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The growing, if belated, popularity of Ivy is a happy event. Over the course of a half-dozen releases, the band has married slightly trippy atmospherics to immaculate popcraft and the melancholy vocals of Paris-born Dominique Durand. In the Clear, their fifth album, finds the guitars occasionally louder (they roil and distort on the kiss-off "Clear My Head") but the mood essentially the same. It’s a romantic, cautiously hopeful one, exemplified by the disc’s closing "Feel So Free." Special and secretive--"Tess Don’t Tell" repeatedly insists "It’s just for you, it’s not for anybody else"--In the Clear thrives on trademark Ivy contradictions and, now and then, an unexpected noise in the corners of the sound. --Rickey Wright

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and "Clear" March 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ivy is one of those bands that has taken awhile to rise into full public view. And it's about time. Their fifth album "In the Clear" has the same charming pop and trippy melodies, but the band also expands on their guitar pop -- here it's a bit louder and more prominent, but very smooth.

After an airy opening song, Ivy launches into a series of guitar-led pop songs, like "Thinking About You" which is a little too bouncy for its own good. At first listen, some of these songs are rather dancepoppy, and it seems that Dominique Durand's voice is about to sink under the bouncy sounds. But a second or third listen reveals the pretty trip-hop melodies hidden under the beats.

Halfway through, the tempo changes drastically: "Four in the Morning" is a sleepy, swoony ballad, followed by some slow fuzzy songs and enchanting little pop songs. These are more like Ivy's past work, and they seem to come more easily than the catchier songs.

Ivy's has always been a prettier, more sophisticated kind of pop music, not what people usually think of as "pop." When people think of pop music, they generally think of generic-sounding, empty tunes tailored for radio play. Ivy is not anything like that -- instead it's light, airy melodies with very pretty vocals, never bringing to mind anything but itself.

And Dominique Durand's vocals are at the heart of Ivy's music -- her voice is sweet, a little wistful, and has the warm, distant quality that the music needs. Best of all, she's versatile. "Can't hide another smile/I've been thinking about you," she purrs near the beginning. But by the penultimate song, she's murmuring quietly about how "I should've known by now/I should have known better/and I feel so free...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Highly Addictive Music! March 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought "In The Clear" after discovering that Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne was one of the principal songwriters in Ivy. Knowing I could trust A.S. to write great songs and frustrated waiting for a follow up to "Welcome Interstate Managers" I grabbed this CD off the shelf when it went on sale. I was not disappointed. The pop hooks are mesmerizing and the jangling guitars and pastel synthesizers make me feel like I am surrounded by a warm musical womb. The melodies are gorgeous and delicate little details keep popping out of the mix to grab my attention on every track. Dominique's vocals are hypnotic and sexy. Stand out tracks are "Thinking About You", "Tess Don't Tell", "Ocean City Girl" and "Feel So Free" although, truth be told, all the songs are good. This music acts on my nervous system like a cross between prozac and ecstacy. It's a guilty pleasure and I don't care. The trouble is now I am addicted! I have already purchased "Apartment Life" (also excellent) and no doubt I will soon own "Long Distance", "Guestroom" and "Realistic". I have been listening to nothing but Ivy all week. There must be a 12-step program out there for this. I need some smelling salts or some Metallica or something!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Ivy Album March 1, 2005
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As a huge Ivy fan I was wondering what direction the band was going to go in after the guitar heavy sounds of "Realistic", the perfect pop of "Apartment Life" and the electronic, soothing music of "Long Distance". After listening to the entire album all day I can report that instead of an electronic sound the album features more guitar oriented pop and sounds great.

Overall, the album has a very somber tone with a lot of quiet guitar music that's perfect for unwinding, but as I was listening I realized there's a song for everybody. Songs like "Tess Don't Tell" and "Corners of Your Mind" are more upbeat and feature catchy melodies that appeal to pop rock fans like myself while "Clear My Head" has a slightly distorted sound, but a great guitar melody that repeats throughout the song. "Feel So Free" relies on acoustic guitar and is a relaxing song to end the album on.

For fans of Ivy this album is great because it delivers more of Dominique Durand's vocals and the outstanding melodies and atmosphere that we've come to expect from the band. For people new to Ivy, you can't go wrong with this album, but I highly recommend some of their earlier albums to get you started.

Songs to check out:

Thinking About You

Tess Don't Tell

Corners of Your Mind

Clear My Head
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Sakis
Format:Audio CD
Ivy are an indie pop/rock band based in New York. Their members are French accented singer Dominique Durand who has a soft velvety voice and New Yorker rockers Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne) and Andy Chase (of Brookville). If you saw the movie "Shallow Hal" chances are you heard their pop songs throughout the film.

In The Clear is their latest recording and it is their most polished release to date. Ivy have a talent for mixing upbeat rock tracks with sensitive bittersweet pop melodies. Their music this time around is comprised of more drums and louder dominant guitars, giving the album a more Live sound and less moody vibe than say their previous more electronic oriented album Long Distance. The tempo is also faster and more energetic this time around similar to their covers album Guestroom. If one tried to compare their songs to any other bands, the closer they could come up with would be Saint Etienne, The Cardigans and tempo-wise The Cure mixed all together. Sophisticated carefree tunes with an undercurrent about troubled relationships make up their repertoire. It's a well produced album from beginning to end with the tempo getting a bit mellower in the end.

The album starts off with a sonic & starry piece called "Nothing But The Sky" where Dominique's vocals just float dreamily along the soft guitar & keyboard sounds. Next up is the album's first single "Thinking About You" a fast paced rock song that has a strong retro quality to it, a bit like a bouncy sixties song, that is followed by Disco infused "Keep Moving", a song that combines a subtle disco-dance tune along with more retro rock sounds. Similarly "I've got you memorized" combines these disco electronic elements with loud electric guitars blending in and out of the song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Mauro J.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Clock's ticking but my heart's not beating..."
Layers of sound surround Dominique Durand and invite you to turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.

I love this band... Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stellar Album From Ivy
To those of you not familiar with this group, get familiar. I have a very varied and eclectic taste in pop music. I listen to everything from Iron Maiden to Keane. Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by Just Fell In
5.0 out of 5 stars The best CD I bought in 2007
If you like music, BUY THIS CD. RIGHT NOW. Seriously. This is the best music I've heard all year. I've listened to it over and over and just love it more every time. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Marty Levy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Perfect
Ivy certainly has a very different sound than most pop bands of today. And even though they are one of the best pop bands around, it's sad to see them not getting the recognition... Read more
Published on November 7, 2007 by P. Mukherjee
2.0 out of 5 stars sadly lacking
No discernible emotion here...just formulaic. Nothing like the gentle gems of "Long Distance"
Published on March 10, 2007 by Lance Kozlowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing lounge music
Ivy is the kind of band that really makes you wish you discovered earlier. They have a unique and catchy sound, without the saccharine taste of pop. Read more
Published on June 26, 2006 by Shaoqing Zhou
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding release!
With every release it becomes harder to pick an Ivy favorite. In the Clear is at least a great as the previouse releases and may just edge them out as the most complete release to... Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by Rik
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite CD's ever!
Oh my god! I love this cd! This album is the most sophisticated, sleek and chic album ever. Listening to this album makes me want to open my own ultra modern cocktail lounge just... Read more
Published on December 7, 2005 by Ian Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the perfect future!
Yes, Ivy is today the most close to the perfection pop band; rythms, melodies, voices. If I had any dude about this, last week I went to see them here in Barcelona. Read more
Published on November 21, 2005 by Jose I. Lopez Freire
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