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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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
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  1. KarlH
    Mar 4, 2005
    Classic Ivy. Why isn't this band more well known?!
  2. MelodieM
    Mar 14, 2005
    Mixes the great pop sound of Apartment Life with the lovely dreaminess of Long Distance. Definitly my favorite Ivy record to date. The orchestration on this record is beautiful. Expand
  3. VinceH.
    Mar 5, 2005
    Have been a huge Ivy fan for years now, wearing out my "Long Distance" and "Aparrment Life". Having kept myself busy with side projects like Brookville, it's great to have a new album from this excellent and highly underrated group. These guys crafted some of the smartest and catchiest pop music of the 90's, yet the majority of people have no idea about them. This is a decent album at best. Dominique Durand still sounds great and these guys know how to write great pop songs, but this album is less of the soft, delicate, french-type pop I loved, and is a bit more dancier, fastier, some songs here sound like they could be taken off a St. Etienne album. Ivy fans will love it, but newcomers should get Apartment Life and go from there. Expand