Long Distance

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  • Summary: This is the third album from the New York-based trio, led by French singer Dominique Durand and it finds the group adding a bit of trip-hop into the mix. The album includes a cover of the Blow Monekys' "Digging Your Scene."
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  1. At first listen, the melodies on Long Distance sound too simplistic to sustain an entire song -- and yet they do. The secret is that the melodies and chords are only half the story. The aura the songs create is as important as the songs themselves. Like Stereolab, Ivy is largely about sound; they just hide it better.
  2. Resonance
    Ivy stays true to the belief that guitar pop can have cool, utopian sounds without bringing in a truckload of keyboards and sequencers. [#32, p.60]
  3. With the exception of "Undertow," Long Distance falls short of perfection. But as no one else stateside is currently making pop quite this lush and lovely, Ivy continues to raise hopes.
  4. The long-awaited Long Distance continues the suavely bittersweet pop that made Apartment Life such an enduring pleasure. Any fan of Everything but the Girl, Saint Etienne or vintage Blondie should find plenty to swoon over here...
  5. Blender
    Though its sound is still cloudy and distant, the group takes tentative steps toward Everything But The Girl territory. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.123]
  6. Long Distance's successful moments make its well-groomed monotony especially frustrating: Ivy polished these songs to a fare-thee-well and invited guests like James Iha and Eric Matthews to play on them, yet they couldn't give them more individuality or emotion.
  7. Alternative Press
    The 13 tracks here are improbably edgeless, all love-me-do/love-me-don't plaints that evaporate on impact. [Sep 2001, p.91]

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  1. lascavel
    Sep 10, 2001
    Yeh, a las Brit styling pop has a place in The Big Apple...
  2. May 27, 2016
    Long Distance, easily Ivy's strongest and most listenable album. Compared to 97's Apartment Life, Long Distance differs in its more laid-backLong Distance, easily Ivy's strongest and most listenable album. Compared to 97's Apartment Life, Long Distance differs in its more laid-back approach, complete with recliner and hot tea. Opener "Undertow" is infectious and the perfect choice to begin the record. Single "Disappointed" is unbelievably catchy and should have been a bigger hit on the radio. Other single "Edge of the Ocean" is Ivy's finest work, and the catchiest song on the entire album; the killer "sha-la-la-la-la-la-la" chorus will be stuck in your head for months at a time. "Blame It on Yourself" manages to turn a GarageBand beat into something glossy and upscale, as "While We're in Love" is a good decision, adding a soft touch to the already zen-feeling of Long Distance. Sixth track and lead single "Lucy Doesn't Love You" is also a very good song, alluding to a possible love triangle. "Worry About You" is a favorite among Kingdom Hospital fans, while "Let's Stay Inside" is the perfect tune to listen to when it's cold and rainy outside. "Midnight Sun" is actually decent, but is slightly average compared to its surroundings. The album's final single, "I Think of You", is a high point, ending the album's beautiful line of singles quite well. "Hideaway" and "One More Last Kiss" are a bit forgettable, but overall quite good and at times, delightful. "Digging Your Scene" is a good cover of The Blow Monkeys' single of the same name, and closer "It's All in Your Mind" brings Ivy into the electronica scene, a genre they would further explore in 2011's All Hours. Overall, Long Distance is Ivy's career-defining moment; it's a shame it still wasn't very big. Ivy puts the sound in "indie pop", but now they put the edge in "zen".

    Highs: "Edge of the Ocean", "Disappointed", "I Think of You"