- Audio CD (17 Oct. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Domino Records
- ASIN: B005J59JEY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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`Days' is the much anticipated second album by New Jersey's Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker - known collectively as Real Estate.
A gorgeously melancholy, autumnal suite of understated pop songs bringing to mind the subtle majesty of fellow NJ outfit The Feelies, Felt and early REM, the group's first release for Domino is a perfect maturation of the promise suggested by their quietly adored eponymous debut in 2009.
Augmented exquisitely by bandmates Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker's intricate, gently psychedelic musicianship, singer Martin Courtney's economic yet vividly poetic imagery in exploring his obsessions (suburban youth, home, nature, loss) and yearning way with a hook establish `Days' as a great coming-of-age chronicle and himself as a truly important, distinctive voice in American songwriting today.
Top Customer Reviews
One or two tracks feel a bit more filler than killer on 'Days', most notably the dull instrumental 'Kinder Blumen' and the underwhelming 'The Wonder Years', but they're more than made up for by the bittersweet fingerpicking of 'Green Aisles', and the youthful yearning of 'Three Blocks'.Read more ›
As before I imagine for the first-time listener it will take a few listens for the distinct mood to wash over and take a hold. A criticism often levelled at Real Estate is that the songs can seem repetitive but this misses the point - it is meant to be a trance-like flow, creating a locked groove from a perfectly formed riff and running with it. This is how a cohesive album with a statement of intent should be. Closer repeat listens reveal beautiful, subtle little details in percussion, phazing guitars and vocal harmonizing which dip in and out of the mix. I wonder whether closing track 'All The Same's title is accompanied by a wry smile from the band...
It's kind of pointless to separate out tracks but the singalong joy of 'It's Real' is an irresistible woozy pop rush that stands out.
This is getting heavy rotation in my car and is destined to be the soundtrack of this summer for me - if you have room in your heart for this kind of chiming guitar pop, you'll rarely find better.
Whether you find the music on Days the bands sophomre album a triumph or not, will probably come down to how ascetic you are about these things. Personally they had me with their stellar single "It's Real". That song couldn't be anymore of an instant classic if it tried, the delicious chord progressions and heavenly harmonies make it one of those songs you just always want to hear regardless of your mood. "Easy" is another standout from the album, it has the uniquely brilliant quality of evoking feelings of nostalgia and tranquility in equal measure and the title couldn't be any more appropriate as this all sounds so gosh darn effortless to them. It makes you wonder why they didn't go the whole hog and call the album easy, but that probably has a lot do with how the lyrics are principally concerned with the sacred feeling of youthful abandonment.
"Green aisles" in particular highlights this bands modus operandum by defiantly reminiscing about the joys of living a life thats aloof and uncomplicated "Our careless lifestyle, it was not so unwise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this band....bought this after really enjoying Atlas.....not disappointed, also a great album! Going to be played on many a summer night with a few beersPublished 8 months ago by D. Carroll
I have listened to this many times and it is brilliant, three blocks is the best track on the album. Give it a tryPublished on 12 Feb. 2012 by Mr. G. Sharpe
What a great band Real Estate are. I heard 'It's Real' on the radio a couple of times, and was instantly hooked on its Beach Boys / Indie vibe, and I had to check them out. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2011 by N. Thorp
I can't make my mind up about this one. On first play, I really liked the album. Nice jangly songs with a solid pop hart. Then over the next few listens I started to get bored. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2011 by E. R. Hartley
Let me start by saying that this album isn't full of 'catchy gems', isn't 'conveying feeling' and doesn't quickly engage. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2011 by Mr. S. Bennett
I recently heard 'It's real' being played frequently on 6music and decided to investigate further as it is such a gorgeous, melodic, feel good tune. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2011 by Simon F