Realistic (album)

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Studio album by Ivy
Released February 14, 1995 (1995-02-14)
Recorded 1994–95
Genre Indie pop
Length 44:47
Label Seed Records
Ivy chronology
Apartment Life
(1997)Apartment Life1997
Singles from Apartment Life
  1. "Get Enough"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Don't Believe a Word"
    Released: 1995

Realistic is the debut album by American indie pop band Ivy. It was released on February 14, 1995 by Seed Records. Musically, the album followed the material featured on Ivy's previous release, Lately; it was produced by Kurt Ralske with Ivy members Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger.

Realistic received positive reviews from critics upon release, but was commercially unsuccessful; the album did not peak on any record chart, nor did the singles released from the album.

Three singles were released from the album. "Get Enough", the album's lead single, was released in 1994 to general acclaim from critics, especially in the United Kingdom, where it was promoted heavily. Single "Don't Believe a Word" was released in 1995 to highly positive reviews, but was less successful than "Get Enough". Promotional single "Beautiful" was also released in 1995.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars link

Realistic received mixed to favorable reviews from critics upon release.


"Get Enough" was released as the album's lead single in 1994, followed by the release of Ivy's first extended play, Lately. The single received moderate success in the UK, where Melody Maker named the track "Single of the Week" shortly after its release.[2]

"Don't Believe a Word" was the second single released from the album in 1995. The single was released in several formats, including as a CD single accompanied by B-sides "By Myself" and "An Ordinary".[3]

"Beautiful" was the third and final single from Realistic, released in 1995 as a promotional single.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger, with additional production by Kurt Ralske.

1."Get Enough"2:41
2."No Guarantee"3:06
4."15 Seconds"3:35
6."Point of View"4:24
7."Don't Believe a Word"2:48
10."In the Shadows"4:19
11."Dying Star"3:46
Total length:44:47


  1. ^ "ivy - Discography". thebandivy. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Ivy: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
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