Diary [Bonus Tracks]

Diary [Bonus Tracks]

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by Sunny Day Real Estate
     
 

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Sunny Day Real Estate's debut album, Diary, virtually defined emo in the '90s, laying much of the groundwork (along with Weezer) for the genre's end-of-decade indie prominence. Although emo existed (both as a term and as a style) prior to Diary, it hadn't yet risen out of the deepest hardcore punk underground, save for a few bands on the Dischord label.See more details below

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Sunny Day Real Estate's debut album, Diary, virtually defined emo in the '90s, laying much of the groundwork (along with Weezer) for the genre's end-of-decade indie prominence. Although emo existed (both as a term and as a style) prior to Diary, it hadn't yet risen out of the deepest hardcore punk underground, save for a few bands on the Dischord label. For all intents and purposes, Diary was the album that made emo accessible, fusing its gnarled guitars and nakedly emotional vocals with more than a hint of melodic Seattle grunge. SDRE's song structures are far more oblique than, for example, the similarly anthemic Pearl Jam, but it's still easy to miss the group's main inspirations if you're not looking for them. Perhaps that's because, at bottom, SDRE don't sound much like their emo predecessors. For one, there are plenty of quiet, arpeggiated passages and contrasting dynamics; for another, vocalist Jeremy Enigk is more of a crooner than a screamer at heart, and the underlying tenderness in his voice breathes majesty into the group's slow, languid melodies. Yet, while Diary's true heart lies in its soaring, introspective anthems (like the band's signature song, "In Circles"), the more tortured, visceral moments balance things out, preventing the album from wallowing in melodramatic self-obsession. In retrospect, Diary doesn't quite fulfill all of its ambitions -- there are a few underfocused moments that don't achieve the epic sweep of the album's best compositions. That occasional inconsistency makes it feel somewhat less realized than their proggier post-reunion work, especially since Enigk would develop into a far more distinctive vocalist. But even if it isn't quite the top-to-bottom masterpiece its legions of imitators suggest, Diary still ranks as arguably the definitive '90s emo album, and an indispensable introduction to the genre. [The remastered 2009 edition adds new liner notes and 2 bonus tracks ("8" and "9") taken from the Thief Steal Me a Peach 7."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787084627
catalogNumber:
70846
Rank:
40456

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sunny Day Real Estate   Primary Artist
Jeremy Enigk   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
William Goldsmith   Drums,Group Member
Dan Hoerner   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Nate Mendel   Bass,Group Member
Dan Hoerner   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sunny Day Real Estate   Composer
Kurt Bloch   Engineer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Craig Wedren   Liner Notes
Jeremy Enigk   Composer,Liner Notes
William Goldsmith   Liner Notes
Dan Hoerner   Composer,Liner Notes
Nate Mendel   Liner Notes
Jonathan Poneman   Liner Notes
Chris Thompson   Artwork
Jonathan Cohen   Liner Notes
Ben Gibbard   Liner Notes
Christopher Thompson   Artwork
Sasha Barr   Reissue Design
Dan Hoerner   Liner Notes
Jonathan Cohen   Liner Notes

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