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How If Feels To Be Something On

Sunny Day Real Estate Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00000C3ZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pillars
2. Roses In Water
3. Every Shining Time You Arrive
4. Two Promises
5. 100 Million
6. How It Feels To Be Something On
7. The Prophet (Live 2001)
8. Guitar And Video Games
9. The Shark's Own Private Fuck
10. Days Were Golden

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent album, they can do no wrong. 16 Jan 2001
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Oh my god they've done it again, another classic packed with trademark emotional rock songs but this time without Nate Mendel on bass. The album is their first after splitting in 1995. It is immediately apparent on opener "Pillars" that they have lost none of the sparkle and genius for hooks and melody that made 1994's debut "Diary" such a seminal piece. As the album progresses it becomes clear that, although a little lighter, Sunny Day now have a deeper and more complex sound (Two Promises and How it feels... in particular) and Enigks vocals are still hauntingly beautiful. Buy this and buy it now (along with the back catalogue).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Close To Perfection... 3 May 2007
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This is by far, my all time favourite album. I know that's a bold statement but for me, there's no contest. I first heard it 7 years ago, and it still gets played 3 times a week at least. And it never once gets boring. This is one of those rare beasts of an album where from beginning to end, it has you hooked. It seems that each song has been thought out to follow/compliment the one before and to set up the one that will follow. Everytime you listen to it, you hear something new. You'll love one song and you'll be convinced that that is your favourite. Then the next time you listen to it, you'll have changed your mind. There are no lulls or downtime in this album. Damn near perfection from the opening riff of "Pillars" right through to the faraway, quietning, distorted drum beat that bring "The Days Were Golden" and the album to an end.

Overall, "How It Feels To Be Something On" if given the chance (it will take a few listens-my suggestion is to read a book while it's on in the background or put it on when you go to bed) will pleasantly surprise and enthrall you at the same time. This album, and the band themselves, are one of music's best kept secrets. So good in fact, you want to keep it to yourself.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable work of art. 4 Aug 2004
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
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If you go back and look at some of the reviews here glowing with praise, you'll have a good idea of how good "How it Feels to Be Something On" really is. All I can do is add my two cents to the collective whole and hope it encourages anyone and everyone who is undecided about buying such an album to, well, do so.

Sunny Day Real Estate is one of my favorite bands. I have enjoyed every one of their releases considerably, and it's a shame that they aren't marked as one of the better or more popular bands of the 90's. Began with "Diary", went along with "LP2", skipped to "The Rising Tide", and came back to "How it Feels"; saved the best for last, I guess.

Hmmm, where to start. "Pillars" is an absolutely stunning, restrained composition that is laboriously constructed and beautifully hypnotic. The climax comes around 3:13 in a breathtaking combination of instrument and vocal that is nothing less than euphoric. Absolutely haunting. Roses.... OK, I'm going to refrain from fanatically describing each and every song. I can do that. I can -- really. Hmm...

I'm pondering the thought of exactly "why" this album is Sunny Day's strongest -- or, for that matter, one of the strongest albums I own period -- and I'm not really coming up with a satisfiable answer. It is, without question, the slowest, the most introspective, and the least "rocking" of the band's four studio releases, and upon very first listen, might not knock you flat like "Diary" or even "The Rising Tide". That said, it inevitably burrowed itself deep within my mind -- my soul -- and I swear to God, everytime I listen to it, it's pure joy. I don't know what else to say.

I really did get a kick out of reading the past reviews for this album here, as there were some really great ones. One, in particular, went on about how a work of art is not merely an external object, but can, very much, be a piece of yourself. It's a reflection, a representation, of you. That review inparticular really connected with me, because it is exactly how I feel with this album. If I recommend this album to someone, I will do it with all my heart, and know that I'm in fact sharing a deep part of my very self with them at that.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragically ahead of their time 15 Jun 2006
By Tommy M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Of the first three SDRE albums, I find this one the most fascinating. It has very little in common with the first two, which tangled sometimes jarringly with emo and stoner rock. Diary and LP2 are both important documents of 90s music, but they don't have the confident polish and grace of How It Feels. While the first two often used chugging rhythms and voice-cracking vocals, How It Feels comes off as an indie rock album that could have come out last week (and I mean that in a good way).

Enigk's voice seemed to have leathered up considerably during the band's breakup, and he's capable of a haunting falsetto that imprinted "100 Million" on my brain from the first listen. The muddy bass of before is now melodic, strummy and very tight with Goldsmith's kit. The giutars do a lot more jangling and picking and less hammering. To call it more "refined" would be a disservice to Diary and LP2, so I'll just say it's a cleaner production. In fact, the mix is fantastic, as another reviewer noted.

It seems that How It Feels was a snapshot of a band in significant stylistic transition only a few years into its career, like Radiohead or the Beatles. And I think this style of music is more suited to Enigk's vocals. It's more affecting. The title track and closing track are excellent examples. It's a little processed, but this never actually sticks out. In their previous work, I felt that Enigk's vocal range was SDRE's weakest link, but he's almost like a different singer here.

What will stick out to listeners of their earlier work is the superior production that lends the album a much wider sonic stage. The muffled living room has become an auditorium, and the haunting How It Feels soars with hope, wistfulness, hurt, and joy. It's not quite like anything I've heard before. Certainly not an album's worth, at least. Every song is, at the very least, pleasant background music, except perhaps for "Prophet," a foray into Eastern-tinged prog that others have done much better, in my opinion.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sunny day is the bestest band in the whole wide world! 19 Oct 1999
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this record is the finest masterpiece ever. the most cryptic, caressing lyrics brought to you by the finest voice in all the land and drums impossible not beat along with in the air. these guys are the kings of the underground, coming soon to a major label near you, and they deserve it. i don't know what else to say- how can perfection be described?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 19 Feb 2005
By Robert Flannigan - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the idea of "Proggressive Rock" but I don't like most Prog Rock bands, because they're always mired in some pseudo-classical grandiloquent schlock that plods for days. How It Feels to Be Something On is what Prog Rock should be; complex without being complicated, powerful without being raunchy, lofty without being bloated. This album is an emotional journey bordering on religious experience. And the production is some of the best I've ever heard, which as a musician I'm probably stealing ideas from constantly. No recording can ever be perfect, but this one comes close.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choked on society 31 Dec 2007
By L. J. Penglase - Published on Amazon.com
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Following a breakup in 1995, Sunny Day Real Estate reformed a few years later with a slightly modified line-up. From the opening moments of the album, it is very clear that they've done some growing up during their hiatus. That is not to say that their first two Lps were sophomoric or juvenile, but this band sounds weathered and wise, bold, and visionary.

The musical soundscapes in songs like Roses in Water, and The Prophet, are chilling and moving. There are moments when the band is weaving a dark tapestry of unsettled beauty, and Enigk simply calls out in kind, completing the picture wonderfully. Lyrics like "we were climbing forever, an infinite task. . ." perfectly describe the feel of this album; maybe a soundtrack for an epic journey, a photograph somewhere in the thick of things. And the moments when they arrive (like at the end of Every Shining Time You Arrive) are deeply satisfying.

How It Feels. . .is an album that keeps giving. Some may find Enigk's voice a bit jarring, or the dissonant guitar tones unsettling, but this also isn't an album for the general masses, and it doesn't purport to be so. But if this album makes sense to you, you will find yourself playing it again and again for years to come.
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