The first track on THE RISING TIDE, SDRE's fourth studio album, begins predictably enough for these emotionally charged rockers: Ringing, atmospheric guitar lines and sensitive emo-style vocals weave through waves of buzzing distortion and tumbling beats. Then something remarkable happens. The band's simple rhythms and four-four tempos turn on their sides and transmogrify into a new, more technically profound piece of Real Estate. The scribbling guitars and Jeremy Enigk's falsetto vocals on "One" suggest the art-rock turns of Shudder to Think, and it only gets stranger from there. "Disappear" is an impossible blend of Cure-like dynamics and Queenesque histrionics, as deep, brooding bass lines intersect with operatic vocals. "The Ocean" sounds like a Roger Waters lullaby, whereas "Fool" features dense Middle Eastern-tinged melodies that recall Soundgarden and vocals reminiscent of Yes' "Heart of the Sunrise." Melancholy, but strangely ebullient, THE RISING TIDE makes prog rock sound hip again.
Performance CreditsSunny Day Real Estate Primary Artist
Larry Packer Violin
Rob Turner Cello
Jeremy Enigk Vocals
William Goldsmith Percussion,Drums
Dan Hoerner Guitar,Electric Sitar
Rachel Handman Violin
Ryan Hall Viola
Technical CreditsLou Giordano Programming,Producer,Engineer
Larry Packer String Arrangements
Rob Turner String Arrangements
Jeremy Enigk Composer
Dan Hoerner Composer
Jolie Clemens Art Direction
Derek Bermel String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Rising Tide based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
A remarkable album. Sure it’s different from earlier albums, but the songwriting is better than ever, and the songs are performed with as much heart as ever before. If you’re looking for Diary part 2 you should look elsewhere, but this record is their best effort, much thanks to the amazingly diverse songs and the sheer power of the performance.
This CD is a major departure from their earlier work, so I can understand why so many dislike this latest release. That being said, I was never a fan of their earlier work. I really enjoy this CD, and of all the CDs I own, this is in the top spot of rotation.
Emotionally tortured artists sound best when they are not comfortable. Frankly, The Rising Tide sounds quite a lot like Jeremy Enigk's solo efforts, which will definitely disappoint fans of Diary and Lp2 (the pink album). I personally would've appreciated it if SDRE had named their band something different in order to pursue this rather questionable muse; for the slick production, keyboards, ultra clear vocals, and sometimes questionable lyrics seem to really betray SDRE's earlier albums, and left me bewildered as to just who this was (shaking the album cover several times to see if the name on the front was real didn't help). Jeremy sounds like Geddy Lee and Peter Gabriel nowadays, the fragile voice and tortured screams are lost in favor of an impressive-but-cold falsetto. Even with the very dark lyrics of the opening track 'Killed by an Angel', his vocals sound detached -like he is singing lyrics that he no longer identifies with. This may be due to the fact that he's happy now and found Jesus, but it doesn't appeal to the rest of us sad people. His voice is also drowned in an ocean of plucked acoustic guitars, strings, synths, endless open hihat strikes, and enough crystal-clear-syrup to choke a yak. This -as well as the carefully arranged production- gives the whole album a very synthetic feel; completely different from SDRE's emotionally naked music of the past. Musically, it all sounds rather pleasant. in fact it's downright pretty at times, it sounds like a pop record 70's prog-rock bands would make in the 80's. If it didn't have their name on the album you wouldn't know this was Sunny Day Real Estate -at all. In conclusion: I'm not saying that The Rising Tide is a 'bad album', I'm not saying that it was 'wrong' for SDRE to change into a radically different band, and I'm certainly not saying that they should've warned us before going from emo to over-produced-arena-prog-adult-contemporary...I am however, saying that I regret forking over $14.99 for it.
Hands down the worst album a great bunch of musicians has ever written. The first three SDRE albums are works of art (DIARY being one of my favorite albums of all time). I don't know what happened on RISING TIDE but it isn't good !!!! The song writing is unimaginative, the lyrics are silly, and the musicianship is not what you'd expect from such a talented band.