11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By shifting its songwriting approach from acoustic guitar to drum rhythms and keyboard textures, Ivy creates a comeback that’s been six years in the making. From the opening dance beats of “Distant Lights,” it’s clear that this is a rejuvenated team. Singer Dominique Durand retains her cool, affecting delivery, and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase can still write songs that never forget the hooks. The overall emphasis in sound is altered, but the same talents come into focus. “World Without You” is a perfectly cool tune for the nightclub vibe. “How’s Never” explores the 1980s revival that’s hit the 2000s with unusual force. “You Make It So Hard” aims more for the twee pop of Belle & Sebastian. “Lost in the Sun” rumbles through the night air with a sultry pop-to-disco feel. “She Really Got To You” pumps with a modern pop beat, proving that while elements of the group are retro, Ivy is clearly in the here and now.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By shifting its songwriting approach from acoustic guitar to drum rhythms and keyboard textures, Ivy creates a comeback that’s been six years in the making. From the opening dance beats of “Distant Lights,” it’s clear that this is a rejuvenated team. Singer Dominique Durand retains her cool, affecting delivery, and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase can still write songs that never forget the hooks. The overall emphasis in sound is altered, but the same talents come into focus. “World Without You” is a perfectly cool tune for the nightclub vibe. “How’s Never” explores the 1980s revival that’s hit the 2000s with unusual force. “You Make It So Hard” aims more for the twee pop of Belle & Sebastian. “Lost in the Sun” rumbles through the night air with a sultry pop-to-disco feel. “She Really Got To You” pumps with a modern pop beat, proving that while elements of the group are retro, Ivy is clearly in the here and now.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

scion1230 ,

Solid

Long wait pays off. This album is a solid performance of the Ivy sound. No unpleasant surprises, as can happen when a band takes a while to release new material. I like how Ivy has picked up where they left off, yet are moving ahead with the echoes of the past.

pommedeterre ,

long over due, but well worth the wait!

caramel for my hears. positively melting with each listen.

Chloenette ,

Worth to wait

It's been a while, finally! Feels good to listen to their music again!!!

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