• Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Jul 10, 2001
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  1. lascavel
    Sep 10, 2001
    10
    Yeh, a las Brit styling pop has a place in The Big Apple...
  2. May 27, 2016
    10
    Long 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" isLong 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"

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Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

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  1. Blender
    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]
  2. 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...
  3. Armed with a summer anthem and all ("Lucy Doesn't Love You"), it shouldn't be long before Ivy's popularity grows.