Sunny Day Real Estate
How It Feels To Be Something On


4.5
superb

Review

by Walt USER (3 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A shallow achievement.

A shallow achievement, not in that the achievement itself is shallow, but that it is an achievement in shallow. “Shallow” being defined as an album that never really means anything. How It Feels To Be Something On represents no culture. It epitomizes no scene or genre. It’s certainly not life changing, or even emotionally stirring. But it’s still perfect, because every song on it is effectively perfect. Every song is a masterpiece, not for what it makes you feel, but for it’s own musical flawlessness. And somehow, How It Feels actually is the sum of parts, a shallow, yet undeniably perfect record.

Which is funny, because that’s essentially the opposite of what Sunny Day Real Estate did with Diary. It’s essentially the opposite of emo, or emo as Sunny Day Real Estate made it. It seems by the very nature of emo that there could never be a perfect emo album, because emo thrives on its imperfections. This is why How It Feels To Be Something On is so shocking, because it sees Sunny Day Real Estate reversing the idea that they founded just a few years before. Listening to How It Feels suggests that Sunny Day Real Estate set out with the primary intention of making the perfect album, and they destroyed every convention by just doing it. It’s a marvel because it violates the main rule that its creators established with Diary in laying every emotion on the line and saying THIS IS HOW WE FEEL. This isn’t how they feel, this isn’t how anyone feels, and while it seems nearly blasphemous to say How It Feels To Be Something On is among the greatest emo albums of all time for this reason, such is completely true.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Walt
May 22nd 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sup gaiz

iFghtffyrdmns
May 22nd 2012


7047 Comments


are there any complete sentences in this?

Walt
May 22nd 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ugh the approval wait for first reviews is so annoying bump

TheBalderdashMan
May 22nd 2012


34 Comments


Um, one sentence in this entire review is not complete. Pos'd

eternium
May 22nd 2012


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting review.

ZilbelPing
May 23rd 2012


6160 Comments


I love Diary Aand I've never heard this

WashboardSuds
May 23rd 2012


5014 Comments


this album has been sitting on my computer for ages and I still have yet to really listen to it. diary rules though

Spare
May 23rd 2012


5308 Comments


such a good record. who the fuck's walt

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Yotimi
May 23rd 2012


6502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love this infinitely more than Diary.

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Adabelle
May 23rd 2012


4257 Comments


Need this.

Also, what's up with the tracklist?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


4424 Comments


That cover reminds me of the artwork on Radiohead's Supercollider/Daily Mail release.

JesusChris
May 23rd 2012


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shark's Own Private Fuck is probably the greatest song they ever wrote.

AsoTamaki
May 23rd 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed.

Yotimi
May 23rd 2012


6502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That song's awesome but my favorite is Every Shining Time You Arrive

Satellite
May 24th 2012


20816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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