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Though Sunny Day Real Estate have often been credited with spearheading and popularizing the “emo” movement in mainstream music during the ‘90s, it’s a bit misleading and unfair to the band’s actual music. Yes, singer Jeremy Enigk can scream with conviction and often does (“In Circles,” “Song About an Angel”) but he’s hardly the first to sing with an overstated sense of theater, and the band is hardly a generic catch-all for all post-punk groups who claimed emo status in the ‘90s. Drummer William Goldsmith was heard to be good enough to take Dave Grohl’s seat when he decided to become the Foo Fighters’ full-time guitarist and singer, and from there, a majestic and fully formed group is on hand. The recording is raw and relentless on this 1994 debut, sometimes making the playing seem a bit sloppier than it actually is. However, everything that made Sunny Day Real Estate one of the decade’s most notable bands is here (“47,” “The Blankets Were the Stairs“). The 2009 re-master includes an alternate take of “8” (that appears on LP2) and another track labeled “9”. Is it emo? Does it matter?

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This album got me through high school; many a break up, many a joy, many an in-car group air drumming. The remaster enhancements of the nuances and subtleties of the original are well worth the purchase. The remaster makes for a much more consistent, open, and clean listening experience which allows one to appreciate even more the musicality of these poetic masterminds. Never before and never again? paralleled in my opinion.

One of the best Seattle albums of the 90's.

"Diary" was one of the best works to come out of Seattle in the 1990's, but was no match for the mainstream success of the previous years "Nevermind" and "Ten" (by Nirvana and Pearl Jam, respectively). The only song off the album to receive any radio or MTV play was "Seven"; an experiment in intensity with the driving percussion and overly distored guitars while lead singer Jeremy Enigk croons calmly throughout. The majority of the album follows the same formula and it doesn't disappoint. Enigk's emotion and intensity take a slow start on some of the tracks, but he's only drawing you in. By the time the break-up epic "Sometimes" is nearing the end, you can hear him ripping his heart out and begging you to do the same. The remastered version clears up a lot of the background clutter and the vocals and bass shine through where they seemed muffled in the original release. A great album for rainy Fall days.

Awesome album...highly recommended...

This album came out at a time when all i listened to was punk rock.....and I still couldnt take it out of my cd player for like 4 months. It totally changed my perspective on indie music and opened my eyes to other "non-punk" bands. Saw them live in Hollywood for their first ever California show....sooooooo awesome. Check out Enigk's solo stuff, its good too, but this is the best work they ever did.


Formed: 1992 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Considering their relatively brief existence, Sunny Day Real Estate racked up enough dramatic twists and turns to rank with some of the great rock soap operas. Their key members engaged in just about every rock cliché imaginable, including finding religion, refusing to work with the media, breaking up, joining a big-name group, and even recording an ambitious full-orchestra pop album -- all before reuniting in 1997. Although formed in 1992 amid the burgeoning hard rock scene in Seattle (and later...
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