In The Clear Image
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  • Summary: The trio (which includes Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger) return with their first new album in four years, produced by Steve Osborne.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
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  1. The sophisticated retro-pop sound, dreamy melodies and soft electronic beats of Ivy do more to further international relations than any George W. Bush visit could ever hope to.
  2. Simultaneously exciting and relaxing.
  3. It's refined and focused, but also sexy and intimate.
  4. Filled with dreamy pop gems. [#14, p.105]
  5. The album tries to conjure the anchorlessness of travel, but instead it sounds oddly weightless, floating by pleasantly but unobtrusively and rarely demanding your attention.
  6. 60
    Textured mood music. [Apr 2005, p.119]
  7. Once you get past the initial, pleasing familiarity, though, In the Clear becomes a decidedly middling listening experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3