Sunny Day Real Estate
Diary


5.0
classic

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (38 Reviews)
April 10th, 2013 | 65 replies | 3,376 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before the tide rose, Sunny Day Real Estate bundled eleven songs into one breathtaking diary.

Sunny Day Real Estate is a band that is recognized for creating the Emo genre of music. While this may not be true, one clear fact is that their album Diary will stand as a bible for all Emo bands to come. Jeremy Enigk has created lyrics that are not only relatable and subtle, but haunting and mesmerizing as well. He is also backed up by an three piece band hell bent on providing a four star instrumental meal for you to digest. Let it be known that Diary is a gem that shines brightly even to this day.

Diary is a really depressing album. The cover art may seem misleading at first with the bright colors and the Lego esque people, but taking one look at the eerie smiles on their faces and you may begin to think that something is wrong. Discovering the true meaning of the artwork before listening to the music is a brainteaser; but I believe that the theme of the artwork is that when everyone is happy, what could go wrong? This album highlights what could go wrong, and details it like a savage train wreck.

The album begins with the song Seven, an instrumental masterpiece that is an excellent opener. All instruments; bass, guitar, and drums are spot on, showcasing the talents the band has to offer. After a short little intro movement, Jeremy sings quietly “Sew, it on” followed by a frenzied guitar and quick cymbal crashes from the drum kit. The lyrics are astounding, with Seven depicting depression as a whole. With lines that depict car crashes, a man not recognizing who he is anymore, and even the loss of a loved one. Anything depressing can be analyzed in this one song, but just remember you’re in for one hell of a ride when the song opens.

“In Circles” is the next song on the list and it is my all time favorite SDRE song ever. The guitar kicks it off with a haunting rhythmic piece, and then the band breaks it down with a bass guitar playing elegantly in the front which is just beautiful. The gloomy tone the bass provides gives you a hint of the darkness this song provides. The song then breaks into a slow mellow guitar and drum with Jeremy whispering, “Meet me There, In the Blues, Where Words are not, Feeling Remains” The vocals make you feel the sorrow of Jeremy’s voice, with every blow he takes, you feel it as grief. The song also includes a chorus that hits hard, as Jeremy screeches to the guitar in the intro, “Running Down, In circles” A depressing work of art that is both instrumentally successful and lyrically astounding.

The songs go by like a gust of wind, songs like the dense yet innocent “Song about an Angel” which is then followed up by the upbeat and cheerful “Round” go by quickly. The album enters the twilight zone, and never leaves it after “Round”. “Pheurton Skeurto” is near the end of the album, it provides a malevolent sounding piano into a waltz. The song is downright haunting, the piano dances back and forth for most of the songs while Jeremy sings with utter angst. The song is short, but provides a thick veil of dark atmosphere which is followed up by the beautiful “Grendel”.

“Grendel” contains soft lit vocals that seem like they aren’t even there. The ambient sounds that are formed with the combination of the instruments forms a feeling of dire hopelessness. Though it’s very hard to hear Jeremy, a quick glance at the lyrics is all you need to discover the restlessness this song provides. At the peak of the song, it shines like a star in the night sky. The essence of pure beauty flows from each melody casted down by this serene song, definitely a classic to all those that listen to the album.

The album ends with the quiet but also powerful song “Sometimes” It isn’t one of my favorites, but it is lyrically outstanding, reciting lines that make you wonder. Questions about death, serenity, and self conscious are thrown in the picture as Jeremy sings the final chorus. When the album closes, the wake of the peaceful waves will hit you, and Emo music will never remain the same. A classic album, which will never be forgotten.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
minty901
April 10th 2013



1915 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"rised"?

Gyromania
April 10th 2013



14653 Comments


before the tide rised? um

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

just caught that, I kinda laughed when I saw it.

Gyromania
April 10th 2013



14653 Comments


other than that, review is pretty solid - especially being that it's just your third.

this album is truly special

Gyromania
April 10th 2013



14653 Comments


if i could make a suggestion: try to be more conversational in your writing. there are points where it reads like you're just adding things in without flow in mind.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Gyromania, and I can see reading over it again now, I just felt that I needed to do this album more justice.

taxidermist
April 10th 2013



7175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can see by reading this review that this is an album you love and have a huge connection with. Great feeling when albums can do that to you. I dug your review, so I'll pos.

demigod!
April 10th 2013



40988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album pos

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 10th 2013



5605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice rev pos'd ...my fav Sunny Day album,so good

TienShinhan
April 10th 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos'd for correct rating

Yotimi
April 10th 2013



6277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album, prob their 3rd best

AstroZombieDoyle
April 10th 2013



94 Comments


@ Yotimi weak sauce

Yotimi
April 10th 2013



6277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How It Feels is pretty obviously their best everyone knows this

MarkTheDead
April 10th 2013



595 Comments


IMO this is the best piece they've ever put together.

oltnabrick
April 10th 2013



29282 Comments


IMO


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demigod!
April 10th 2013



40988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How it Feels is good but man it feels like a completely different band compared to this. so much more positive energy haha. I might have to get that one back, it's a great spring/summer album. good parallel to the autumny feeling this one brings.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



1488 Comments


"A depressing work of art that is both instrumentally successful and lyrically astounding."

A little broad since you're only talking about one song in this context, no? Otherwise, a good review. I cant help but feel a bit of fall off after the opening salvo but plenty to love.

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severthety
April 10th 2013



7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In my opinion they are all good. Especially, when you have seen them perform live, which I have, twice.

YoYoMancuso
April 10th 2013



10192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album so much. Good review, but i have to disagree with one point you made because Sometimes is a masterpiece.

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demigod!
April 10th 2013



40988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sometimes is just too much sometimes



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