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Realistic

Ivy

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Album Review

Realistic isn't a great album on its own, but it hints strongly at Ivy's potential. A good deal of the songwriting comes from Academy Award-nominated Adam Schlesinger (also of Fountains of Wayne), who has an incredible ability to crank out pop songs — the writing on Realistic is occasionally marvelous, but bland. Overly slick production and a few lackadaisical songs keep the album from becoming very memorable. While French singer Dominique Durand's wispy, enchanting voice and several great pop songs ("Everyday," "Dying Star") make Realistic worthwhile, the band's later releases bring more life to Ivy's smooth and gentle style of pop.

Customer Reviews

Short Review: I love this (and I don't like their popular stuff)

For context, I'm more likely to be listening to Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Black Flag or Hüsker Dü, but that stuff can be pretty grating on others' nerves. But the usual pop music that others like drives me crazy. Solution: this record -- it's dreamy, has its hooks and a subtle edge. It doesn't work as straight ahead pop, maybe the result of quirky production or a conscious songwriting effort. Judging from iTunes clips from their other albums, I don't like their later, more popular stuff. Anyway, this one never upsets anyone.

Subliminal sonic youth

I am a big sonic fan also and love Ivy. Listen to "everyday" and tell me that is not the "wah wah" synth from "diamond sea"!!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 1994 in New York City, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New York-based pop group Ivy came together in 1994 when multi-instrumentalist Andy Chase placed an ad in the Village Voice in an attempt to start a band. Musician/songwriter Adam Schlesinger answered Chase, for the two had mutual musical tastes — both liked Prefab Sprout and the Go-Betweens. Within months, the two met Parisian-born Dominique Durand. Durand had come to New York in 1989 to learn English, not join a band. Ironically enough, Durand was a massive music fan and adored the sounds...
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