Real Estate
Days


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lucid CONTRIBUTOR (17 Reviews)
November 17th, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Let me begin with a confession: I’m a little threatened by happy albums. Not necessarily ones that preach optimism but ones that are content to immerse in complete satisfaction without an opposing undercurrent. I’m always looking for some recognition of sadness or disappointment in albums that otherwise convey positivity – maybe that says more about my skepticism than anything else, but it’s an aspect that I find to be an essential draw. My first play of Days involved a great deal of searching, what with its breezy, sun-soaked indie rock and reassuringly warm vocals. And I came up with nothing: the reminiscence was blissful, the longing hopeful, the memories comforting. Surprisingly though, I found myself at complete peace, letting go of reservations and receiving its embrace willingly. It’s the kind of album that makes me wonder how much more we could get out of music if we could let go of expectations from the first play.

“Back when we had it so easy / I would surrender completely.”

Days captures the feeling of a summer daydream with effortless ease. The approach is appropriately set out from the opening track: circular, fluid riffs weave around steady drum patterns, forming a cushioning layer for warm vocal melodies to float upon. This premise is diffracted onto the following nine tracks with concern towards execution rather than variety; chords change and tempos differ, but the atmosphere remains laidback and unimposing, extending a hand towards the listener but never forcefully enveloping them. It is this courtesy that makes the album so easy to befriend, and likewise, so easy to return to in the fitting mood. Furthering the appeal are the lyrical thoughts that drift on the border between conscious awareness and subconscious loss, mirroring the faded recollection after a drawn-out daydream. These are classic, sentimental lines that fit comfortably within the nostalgic atmosphere. When it comes down to it, Days is worth as much as you are willing to surrender to its aesthetic. Its endearing simplicity is coupled with an inviting warmth that I see myself returning to for years to come. It’s all about easing your reservations and allowing yourself to be swept away.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2011


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't make your 2011 lists without listening to this.

gaslightanthem
November 17th 2011


5209 Comments


there's something about this record
it sure does get me swinging

KotoFtw
November 17th 2011


1077 Comments


Good review man, though it was a little short. Pos'd for sure.

gaslightanthem
November 17th 2011


5209 Comments


didn't my review tell ya that much sammy

mallen-
November 17th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn this sounds awesome

psykonaut
November 17th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great record y'all

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2011


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 10 of the year, slots in right after my 4.5s

Drsmith4
November 18th 2011


1717 Comments


god knows I need something lighthearted about now. gonna give this a listen on spotify.

Tyrael
November 18th 2011


20946 Comments


LUCIDITY FOR CONTRIB 2012

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2011


6505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album for relaxing. It has a real summery feel to it, although it's almost winter now - funny : )

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2011


23972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome review Ali. I just got around to downloading this but I anticipate greatness.

you seriously should review more.

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Gyromania
November 18th 2011


15967 Comments


Ali: I really do love your writing style, dude. You're a very articulate and informative writer, my only gripe with this particular review is that there simply isn't enough. Much like Sam's, I'd like to see additional paragraphs further describing the album, and I find that in reading something like this I'm ultimately left wanting more when it's finished. But that's just another way of saying I want to read more from you because you're good at this reviewing thing :P Pos!

Ps: Please start writing more =D

Rev
November 18th 2011


9439 Comments


Good review mane


Album's pretty sweet

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2011


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't think this was anything special but I like the kind of vibe it had going.

Polymath
November 18th 2011


3836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still one of my faves of the year soooon. This review is slamming Ali, well done. No one listens to my recs anymore At least you do bbz.



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