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Diary Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, September 15, 2009
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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CD sound quality is very low quality. Couple of great songs, but the best songs are the ones played on radio.Published 4 days ago by ines wilson
Despite having some emo elements on their music, I am and will always be a fan of this band! Thanks for the great music!Published 12 days ago by lillie sweeney
Despite the negative branding of it being the proponent of emo-core, this album is still one of the best grunge album of all time. Better than Nirvana!Published 26 days ago by amanda singh
CD sound quality is very low quality. Couple of great songs, but the best songs are the ones played on radio. Rest of CD is forgettable.Published 6 months ago by matthew j triche
Already knew this album. Got it for my boyfriend as a birthday gift. Received on time. No issues.Published 13 months ago by LisaM