Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
As the story goes, Ivy's singer Dominique Durand left her native France to move to New York City to better her English. Shortly after, she joined some fellow musicians, and voilá--the loss of the French is everybody's gain... more »
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As the story goes, Ivy's singer Dominique Durand left her native France to move to New York City to better her English. Shortly after, she joined some fellow musicians, and voilá--the loss of the French is everybody's gain. Ivy take the breezy melodic structure of the Mamas and the Papas, kick in some Style Council-esque horns, add some of their own sense of style, and create one pop gem after another in the process. Apartment Life brims with Ivy's sophisticated songs: "The Best Thing," "I Get the Message," and "This Is the Day" all swing with a continental flair. But don't be fooled, this is not a sugar-soaked cache by any means. Durand's cynicism is front and center on "Quick, Painless, & Easy," showing the band doesn't live in a rose-tinted world. Their music just sounds that way. --Steve Gdula
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"If you believe pop song-stylings went out with grunge, this CD will change your mind. The songs are crisp and full of hooks, certainly in the tradition of Prefab Sprout, Burt Bacharach, etc. Only trouble I have is Dominique Durand's voice, which is breathy and off-key - fine for punk singing, but not popsongs. Oh well. That doesn't keep "The Best Thing" or "Quick, Painless, and Easy" from settling in your head. Not arty, not groudbreaking, but a nice entertaining romp that'll stick to your ribs."