Ivy made an interesting move when they released the all-covers album Guestroom in fall 2002. It's an eclectic collection of songs -- an intriguing but differing mix of genre and time. But Ivy makes things work brilliantly; smart songwriting with ever-changing moods has always marked Ivy's artsy, melodic measure. So basically, Guestroom is an added bonus for new and old fans alike. Most anyone will appreciate Dominique Durand's wispy, warm vocals and the intricate musicianship of Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase. Cult classics such as the Cure's "Let's Go to Bed" and House of Love's "I Don't Know Why I Love You" are divine picks from Ivy, particularly the latter track. Simple acoustics and lite synth beats dice up the songs' original pop pounce for a dark, muted presence. "Say Goodbye," which is a Papas Fritas favorite among fans, rolls down new wave memory lane; however, the hipness of the Go-Betweens' "Streets of Your Town" brilliantly captures Ivy's musical heart. Guestroom may highlight some of the band's cherished cuts from the decadent days of the 1980s, but there are some hidden treasures. Durand's enchanting singing style on the Ronettes' chart hit "Be My Baby" is tailored for a nearly eerie, lullaby sweep. The Parisian-born Durand gives props to fellow Frenchman Serge Gainsbourg on the idyllic love song "L'Anamour." On Guestroom, Ivy has given these songs a modern touch without compromising their undeniable, candied sound -- a pleasant listen at best.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson