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Sunny Day Real EstateAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Seven from Diary


When Sunny Day Real Estate collapsed in early 1995, few would have predicted the impact the Seattle band's music would still be having over a decade later. Now, more than 15 years since Sub Pop released Sunny Day's landmark debut album Diary, the band's original lineup is reuniting this fall to deliver its emotionally charged epics for live audiences once again.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seven
2. In Circles
3. Song About An Angel
4. Round
5. 47
6. The Blankets Were The Stairs
7. Pheurton Skeurto
8. Shadows
9. 48
10. Grendel
11. Sometimes

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible February 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
You may already know this is considered a classic of the nineties, a cornerstone of the emo movement, and the best work of the band's career by many. What gets me, however, is how few people that have recently jumped on the emo bandwagon have never even heard of Sunny Day. This isn't poppy, the lyrics don't sound like high school love letters, and there's a lot of classic rock influence, but you cannot deny the way this album shaped emo today. Importance aside, just look at some of the amazing songs on here. "Seven" is the perfect opener, with tons of energy and a bit of a Rush feel to it. "In Circles" is next, a song that layed the groundwork for bands like Mineral and Appleseed Cast. "Song About An Angel" is my personal favorite. Like most of the songs on this album, it develops slowly, and takes time to be digested. "Diary" is best when listened to alone late at night, with time to read into the lyrics and take in all the nuances. Guitar and bass interplay is beautiful, and the drumming is very creative. I highly recommend everyone check this album out.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth of 90's Emo **** April 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I like Weezer; don't get me wrong. They're clever, distinguished, joyful, nerdy, and smart. I've enjoyed their albums (especially "Pinkerton") for years now and I think they deserve much of the credit they get from critics. But why does no one point to SDRE's "Diary" as at least HELPING to catalyze a movement that would later become the end of the 90's to 2000's resurgent indie/emo scene? Fans, critics, and fellow musicians all pointed to Weezer's influence as the reason for a more introspective, lovelorn style in rock music. Very few name-drop SDRE or "Diary."

This confuses me a little. The album may be more diffiult than "The Blue Album," but usually critics thrive on obscurity. Think of obtuse records of recent praise - Arcade Fire's "Funeral," Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," Walkmen's "Bows + Arrows" - and tell me music magazines weren't clamoring to be "the first" to celebrate their originality. My conclusion is "diary" was ahead of its time. At least the blue album had connections to accesible music; the Pixies' intensity, Beatles/Beach Boys melody, guitar stylings of KISS. SDRE were much more humble.

The music is fantastic. Rock Operas are said to take its listeners on a journey through a story. "Diary" takes the listeners on a journey through emotion, the very definition of Emo. Floating effortlessly via atmospheric guitar work and solid rhythm, the debut touches on obscure ballads, piano, and darkness, but stays mainly in the signature electric guitar/scream-sing/painful-love-lyrics bread and butter of the genre. "In Circles" of course became the SDRE theme song, but in 94 it spoke to thousands of mid-west teens confused by love. It remains one of the most powerful singles of the 90's, and the album is one of the greatest debuts in alternative music history.

Overall: 8 out of 10.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome... March 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Really great stuff here. Poetic, passionate, and perfect (well, near-so, it seems).
I never really got into the alternative scene much, and even less into the EMO shindig. From what I've read here, Sunny Day Real Estate seemed to practically form the genre with Diary, and I must say that I am hardly disinclined to agree with that statement, based solely on the pure quality of the music here.
What's most surprising about Diary to me is how unbelievably raw, and, yes, EMOtional this music is. It doesn't sound fake, pretentious, or whiny. It sounds very heartfelt, lyrical, and even spiritual. The instrumentation is edgy and distinct, and the lyrics and vocals are truly creative and captivating. In fact, I think the lyrics here match those of virtually any band I've heard throughout the course of the 90's...
I think, really, though, this album is so profound because of the aura it gives off, as the intricate and inspired guitar work and excellent drumming perfectly matches the lead singer's heavy-laden lyrics and meaningful messages. Very rarely do you see such a perfect meshing of music and lyrics. It's like... GOOD religious music! Imagine that. (Also interesting is the lead singer eventually becoming a Christian, which didn't come as a huge surprise when listening to the lyrics here.)
My personal favorites on the album are probably the unbelievable "Song About an Angel", which is about as passionate as music gets, the beautiful and driving "Seven" ("You'll taste it... In time"), the poetic and sincere "Circles", and the brilliant, mostly instrumental "Grendal", which is utterly fascinating.
Bottom line, get this one if you like good music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In My Humble Opinion, The Greatest Album Ever Made August 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Diary was released back in 1994, so now in 2000 is a fairly appropriate time to call this the greatest record ever produced in the history of rock music. I know you'll disagree with me, but with one listen to this, you'll be swept off your feet and see what I mean. The music is kind of midwestern-y, typical of emo music, but it is also darker, at least at the time this was released. No one should be without this quite pleasing piece of plastic and joy, no one. This here is what basically sparked the whole "emo" explosion in the states today.
Yes the cover art is very cunning, and it does draw you in from the start. But underneath the mysterious images on the front (these are quite ingenious), you get a tunnel to another world filled with wonderful melodies and highly emotional vocals. As with many other emo CDs, you get the feeling that Jeremy Eingk is very depressed throughout the verses. Then after a brief silence, or a drumbeat that gets louder and louder, they explod into a huge, euphoric chorus. Sunny Day Real Estate write some of the greatest lyrics known to man, including my favorite and the already mentioned "the rain was there to wash away my tears." Melodic guitars and sonic drum beats fill the record, while Jeremy's angst-ridden vocal soars above the music.
In all of their twisted brilliance, Sunny Day Real Estate are great at finding a melody and making it heavy, as demonstrated in the wonderfully titled "The Blankets Were The Stairs." Easy to listen to, Diary is exactly what you're looking for, and a great thing to purchase from the wonderful store that is Amazon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Sweet CD and Movie Mars is the place to go to buy music.
Published 1 month ago by Keith Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Memories
Great album from my teenage years in the '90s. Brought back memories. I got this to introduce to my teenage son.
Published 4 months ago by Becky Latshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars great c.d.
fast service, great price, c.d. in great condition. I'm not sure who these guys are for I bought it for my
son so I really can't say to much else
Published 11 months ago by T. Mccollum
5.0 out of 5 stars cmon
of course it is of the greatest releases of the legit emo period. its basically flawless. sweeter on vinyl.
Published 12 months ago by Nick Shelton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Although I heard a lot of these songs separately and didn't particularly like all the songs, I thought that they might grow on me. I was mistaken. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tony Medero
5.0 out of 5 stars This album changed my musical perspective...
The year was 1994, my entire music catalog was filled with 90's punk rock like lagwagon, ten foot pole, face to face, etc. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered. But Worth Buying?
I refuse to use the term EMO to describe this cd. Because EMO anymore implies some guy whining about his girl problems to a noisy guitar, or an acoustic guitar. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Seth C. Dortch
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Upgrading to the Remastered Release!
In this age of digital downloads and MP4 magic, I was tempted to go with the download. I could not be happier that I spent the extra buck and went with the hard copy! Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by uoozuman
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of melancholic creativity and youthful energy
Sunny Day Real Estate
Diary; 1994
Sub Pop Recods

Rating: 10/10

Monumental debut from the emo kings of Seattle, this one's got layers of mystery and... Read more
Published on July 26, 2009 by John Carswell
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Tough Call
Sunny Day Real Estate's debut is one of the coolest CDs I've heard in a while. Their stuff is provocative, original, and best of all, not easy to like. Read more
Published on December 11, 2007 by J. Lemke
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