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
Singles from Apartment Life
  1. "Get Enough"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Don't Believe a Word"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Beautiful"
    Released: 1995[1]

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. The album took influence from indie pop music, with partial influence from indie rock. Ivy collaborated with famed producer, Kurt Ralske, for each track. Lyrically, each track was written by band members, Dominique Durand, Andy Chase, and Adam Schlesinger.

Realistic received positive reviews from critics upon release. 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. Singles "Don't Believe a Word" and "Beautiful" were both released in 1995 to highly positive reviews, but less success than "Get Enough".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 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 released of Ivy's first extended play, Lately. The single received moderate success in the United Kingdom, 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 alongside "By Myself" and "An Ordinary".[3]

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

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Get Enough"   2:41
2. "No Guarantee"   3:06
3. "Decay"   3:53
4. "15 Seconds"   3:35
5. "Everyday"   3:45
6. "Point of View"   4:24
7. "Don't Believe a Word"   2:48
8. "Beautiful"   2:32
9. "Shallow"   3:33
10. "In the Shadows"   4:19
11. "Dying Star"   3:46
12. "Over"   6:34
Total length:


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