Sunny Day Real Estate
Diary


4.5
superb

Review

by zach USER (27 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2006 | 30 replies | 4,758 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When you're depressed, listen to this

15 of 15 thought this review was well written

I’m about to make some shrink very happy right now. I’m not sure what they’ll be doing here on sputnik, but I’m sure there are some shrinks out there that love music. He’ll come across this review, read what I’m about to tell the world and probably try to email me, telling me he can help me. But, I’m sure he’ll send it with the title “URGENT!!! READ RIGHT AWAY!!!!” that I can easily just delete it without even having to take a glance at it. So, I suppose it’s not as big a deal to just come out and say it as I’m making it, so here it is:

I love being depressed.

I really have no idea what it is that makes me feel this way. Whenever things are going good for me, I just have to go ahead and ruin it in the worst possible way. Whenever I’m having a pleasant chat with a member of the opposite gender, and it looks like something may actually happen, I just somehow find a way to say something completely inappropriate (according to them) and make them avoid contact with me for as long as possible. So, it should come as no surprise that album has become a favorite of mine in the past couple months. Diary is the perfect album to put on while sitting home alone on a Friday night without any lights on. Even if all the lights are on in your house, once Diary starts playing, all the lights automatically shut themselves off. So, I suppose on this lonely Friday night, it’s as good a time as any to put out a review of the soundtrack to the lonely Friday.

The instrumentation on this album is absolutely astounding. Everything fits together so well and nothing seems out of place in the least. Every guitar riff fits perfectly into each song, and each bass riff matches perfectly with that guitar riff, and the drums fit perfectly with everything else. And then of course, there’s the center of it all, Jeremy Enigk’s voice. He may not necessarily have a great voice by overall standards, but when compared to the band backing him up, he suits it perfectly. His wails are emotional and he has that little whiny characteristic to his voice, but not so whiny that it’s annoying as is the norm today among the scene this album popularized. It seems that kids these days are trying so hard to be just like Enigk, but in the end, never coming as close as they hope.

There’s this jewelry store commercial around here where I live, and the one line that sticks out most is where the owner of the store claims that “every gem is painstakingly hand-crafted”. This is exactly how I feel the guitar riffs and bass riffs for this album were created. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of emotion and time it took guitarist Daniel Hoerner and bassist Nate Mendel to craft each of these riffs. Not one note feels unnecessary. Every riff just sets the mood up perfect for the melancholy topics of Enigk’s wailing, and to be quite honest, I’m not sure what about, because I’m too afraid to look up the lyrics and kill the mystique that the album exhibits so perfectly. William Goldsmith, the drummer, also happens to hold up his end of the bargain. In the slower songs, he doesn’t seem to mind just playing some simple beats to set the mood, but when the sound culminates and explodes, he becomes a madman and an outstanding drummer, never letting any moment become dull with his exciting fills.

In Seven everything comes together to create one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard. Though it may sound a bit clichéd to anyone who may begin listening to it now, as its “distorted-clean-distorted” formula has become a bit overused, it is still an extraordinary song. Every member of the band is at their best, but there is a huge downside to the song: Because it opens up the album, and is a truly outstanding song, it really only sets the rest of the album up for disappointment.

Diary is essence of teamwork. Every member does their part, and does it at 110%, and in the end it becomes a masterpiece. The feel of the album may be of tragedy, though, it is a beautiful tragedy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Otisbum
December 22nd 2006



1912 Comments


Great review, I think I might check these guys out.

BringHomeTheBacon
December 22nd 2006



248 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review man, I know that feeling . I'm in love with this album. The last four songs are perfect.

Syncratic
December 22nd 2006



756 Comments


"In Circles" is simply amazing. I first saw it on FUSE and was just floored by it.



iarescientists
December 22nd 2006



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=TIMMAY]"In Circles" is simply amazing[/quote]
Yeah, but one time, my iTunes froze right at the beginning of it, and it kind of drove me to the end of sanity...still a great song though.

Syncratic
December 22nd 2006



756 Comments


I love the chorus.....I can't get over it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe I should get this or something.



iarescientists
December 22nd 2006



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe...

Activista anti-MTV
December 22nd 2006



3139 Comments


Maybe...you can join me inside these undies. Excellent review, my friend.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude phil why are you never on AIM anymore

iarescientists
December 22nd 2006



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude phil why are you never on AIM anymore

turn my frown upside down by saying it's only a phase and you'll be back now.This Message Edited On 12.22.06

Activista anti-MTV
December 22nd 2006



3139 Comments


omgwtfguyslemmedowhatIgottadok?

JumpTheF**kUp
December 22nd 2006



2710 Comments


Can you say 'GREAT REVIEW OMG'?
I just did.
Cool review, votes.
By the way: [quote="iarescientists"]I love being depressed.[/quote] So do I.

iarescientists
December 22nd 2006



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omgwtfguyslemmedowhatIgottadok?

NO! SIGN ON NOW! OR ELSE ME AN CHAN ARE COMING AFTER YOU AND CHAINING YOU DOWN TO A CHAIR IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER WITH AIM, AND YOU'RE NEVER LEAVING!

Can you say 'GREAT REVIEW OMG'?

Why thank you good sir

cbmartinez
December 22nd 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still think this album is extremely mediocre. I can only really listen to "Pheurton Skeurto," which is an awesome song. I've tried listening to this plenty of times and it's still boring.

cbmartinez
December 22nd 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, though.

iarescientists
December 22nd 2006



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still think this album is extremely mediocre.

I can see people thinking that, as I did for quite some time, but once it finally clicked that so much emotion was poured into this, I finally began to apprecitate it.

Intransit
December 22nd 2006



2797 Comments


Good work. I quite enjoy this album.

711
December 23rd 2006



1341 Comments


Excellent, excellent review as always, scientists. I have heard a couple songs by the guys and loved them, so I suppose I will use some of my Christmas money to get this :D
By the way, congrats on having two featured reviews at once. Im going to rebel to the fact that you arent approved yet :mad:

iarescientists
December 23rd 2006



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5



JumpTheF**kUp
December 23rd 2006



2710 Comments


Has this been clinically proven to cure depression? With my massive mood swings, this may be a necessity, seeing as I have no prozac. Plus prozac costs alot. Plus prozac just plain sucks.



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