New York trio Ivy is very likely tired of winter—what else would explain the positively spring-like vibe that permeates "In the Clear"? On their fourth album of original material, bandmates Dom

New York trio Ivy is very likely tired of winter—what else would explain the positively spring-like vibe that permeates "In the Clear"? On their fourth album of original material, bandmates Dominique Durand (she of the sublime voice), Andy Chase (who moonlights with Durand in another trio, Paco) and Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne) create lush layers of beautiful pop music. Like British counterpart St. Etienne, Ivy deftly merges melancholic tales of the heart with happy-go-lucky beats. This is most evident on "Thinking About You" and "Tess Don't Tell," which are both deliciously spirited. The same is true of the more downtempo "I've Got You Memorized," which sounds like a long-lost outtake from Andrea True Connection's nearly 30-year-old disco album "More, More, More." For some '60s-flavored rock, go directly to "Corners of Your Mind." As for a dreamy Cocteau-like infusion, start salivating over "Nothing but the Sky." The euphoric "Feel So Free" closes the album on a beautifully psychedelic high.—MP

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