How It Feels to Be Something On

Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to Be Something On
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 464 ratings
1998 Rank: #27
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

An album for your soul. How It Feels to Be Something On is more than just one of my favorite albums of all time; it is my heart, my mind, my emotions.

93
Pitchfork

In this season of fall, we sadly recognize that "Nothing gold can stay"; but listening to How It Feels to Be Something On reminds us that even our deepest losses are capable of bearing gold as well.

80
AllMusic

Taken on its own terms, How It Feels to Be Something On is a remarkable step forward from a band that seemed destined to leave its full potential untapped.

fakeplasticrose
90

The musical equivalent of flopping onto your bed after a long day

Docky
99

Tired of everything but instead of angry you're just kind-of depressed core

Honestly Two Promises is one of my fav songs ever and my 2nd fav emo song. While originally I wasn't the biggest fan of this album it just grew and grew on me a lot. I'm really digging it. It's more alternative rock than Midwest emo but even at that it's some of the most emo alt rock ever if we wanna classify it like that. Outside of The Prophet I'd say every song here is really solid lyrically... the prophet is prb ... read more

SnowyFighter
87

Thank you for putting me on whatever you’re on

WOAHHH okay I think this is my favorite Sunny Day album wowww this is great. This feels like a completely different beast in comparison to their past two records. The vocals are a lot different, the mood is a lot darker and more intense and the song structures are more unique. Literally no misses on this entire thing, only bangers. Pillars might be their best song oh my god. It’s so catchy yet so dark sounding and I loveeee the melody ... read more

Curlysreviews
79

I feel like this album is going for some low vibes. Not for the screaming performances like the band did extremely well on Diary, and that's not a bad thing. Its a good album, with great performances, Although I think the instrumentals on Diary popped out more, Im really feeling it. Maybe I'll bump it up to 2 points if it grows on me more.

emyvuitton
85

every time i accidentally dress like i’m in a midwest emo band i listen to a great midwest emo record

TheoryofKnives
94

A vast improvement over their early, more well known "Diary" Sunny Day Real Estate came back from a disbandment to create of the most, bleak, weary but ultimately amazing albums that had quite the emotional gut punch to many of its songs.

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Added on: October 1, 2014