- Record Label: Nettwerk
- Release Date: Mar 1, 2005
- Summary: The trio (which includes Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger) return with their first new album in four years, produced by Steve Osborne.
- Record Label: Nettwerk
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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|Feel So Free|
|Ask me again I'll take my chances I don't know how to begin You can't understand I've got no answers I can't explain where I've been I should've...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 12 out of 16
Mixed: 4 out of 16
Negative: 0 out of 16
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.
MojoIt finds the group's estimable strengths consolidated as never before. [Jun 2005, p.112]
Introduces a delectable bit of shoegazery energy and distortion to sharpen up the lulling Ivy groove.
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.
Lyrics are far and away the album's weakest point, consisting more often than not in pat, stock-sounding phrases.
Once you get past the initial, pleasing familiarity, though, In the Clear becomes a decidedly middling listening experience.
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
KarlHMar 4, 2005Classic Ivy. Why isn't this band more well known?!
MelodieMMar 14, 2005Mixes the great pop sound of Apartment Life with the lovely dreaminess of Long Distance. Definitly my favorite Ivy record to date. The 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
VinceH.Mar 5, 2005Have been a huge Ivy fan for years now, wearing out my "Long Distance" and "Aparrment Life". Having kept myself busy with side projects like 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
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