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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. 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. 60
    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. 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...