Apartment Life

Apartment Life

by Ivy
     
 

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This winsome, pleasant, accomplished, convivial pop LP attracted some fine word of mouth, after these New Yorkers-by-way-of-Connecticut with a Fountains of Wayne connection (guitarist Adam Schlesinger is in both bands) finished a solid tour, one where they outdrew U.K. headliners/alternative one-hitSee more details below

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This winsome, pleasant, accomplished, convivial pop LP attracted some fine word of mouth, after these New Yorkers-by-way-of-Connecticut with a Fountains of Wayne connection (guitarist Adam Schlesinger is in both bands) finished a solid tour, one where they outdrew U.K. headliners/alternative one-hit wonders Space Monkeys. And yet it's a wonder that Ivy isn't massive. Not only are they led by a talented female singer, Dominique Durand, in an era where such a demeanor is finally favored, but she's sweet and pretty as well, with a decided French accent. Such friendliness and refined music helps explain the all-star cast willing to help Ivy out on this exquisite work, such as Lloyd Cole, James Iha, Luna's Dean Wareham, Stanley Demeski, and most of all, superb trumpet player Chris Botti. And boy does Apartment Life improve over their promising but not quite there debut, Realistic! Some songs cut deeper than others (some are merely jaunty and boppy in an slurpy ice cream cone way), but three or four are the sort of pleasantly produced, precisely structured pop dreams that make fans sing along. The opening "The Best Thing" is a true single with a chorus that is to swoon and croon for; the '60s-ish, horn-laden skip of "This Is the Day" is lightweight, la-la-la pop personified; and better, when they let the guitars get mean for a second, on the post-MBV attack of "You Don't Know Anything," Ivy are a knockout. The rest is more lighthearted yet still crafted, cleanly produced, stylized old-pop with warmth, such as the cooing "I've Got a Feeling" (no, not the Beatles song), "Quick, Painless and Easy," and the gently haunting "Back in Our Town." As seen in their Apartment Life, Ivy are a summer breeze and a cool lemonade, here for all to taste.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/1997
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678304224
catalogNumber:
83042

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ivy   Primary Artist
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Stanley Demeski   Drums
James Iha   Guitar,Vocals
Dean Wareham   Guitar
Adam Schlesinger   Group Member
Chris Collingwood   Guitar
Dominique Durand   Vocals,Group Member
Alan P. Rubin   Trumpet
Andy Chase   Group Member
Ralph Farris   Violin
Michael Davis   Trombone
Jody Porter   Guitar
Jacquie Carrasco   Violin

Technical Credits

Lloyd Cole   Producer
Ivy   Producer,Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Adam Schlesinger   Producer,Writer
Brenda Rotheiser   Art Direction
Andy Chase   Producer,Engineer
Peter Nashel   Producer,Engineer

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