Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1994 Ratings: #48 / 377
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Based on 221 ratings
1994 Ratings: #31
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May 10, 1994 / Release Date
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Inglume
85
[SJO Counter: 14]

Noice.

I’m glad that this SJO challenge has lead me to reviewing some nice emo records today, cause this is great, and practically everyone is in agreement.

Unlike the previous Midwest Emo record on the list, this one definitely has that focused, alternative, post-hardcore feel to it that defined many other emo albums after it, considering that it came out in the earlier half of the hardcore 90s. Overall, I don’t mind it at all! Diary is a nicely hard-hitting ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
24
AWFUL!

HOLY SHIT, THIS WAS EXHAUSTING TO LISTEN TO. THIS GOT ON MY NERVES LIKE NOTHING ELSE.

THIS ALBUM IS A JOKE WITH NO PUNCHLINE.

VIBES - •EDGY BOI AT KINDERGARTEN•
Toasterqueen12
78
Number: 14

This really Americans My Football. But this came first so I guess…American Football Sunny Days my Real Estate? Anyways this album is like ejecting a needle filled to the brim with angst directly into your vain. It’s like standing inside a building while it catches on fire, and being too depressed to move. Like, this one, this one’s a soul crusher. Honestly I wish it was easier to understand the lyrics, I’m sure what the guy is saying is great but I ... read more
Dombot
94
This album did American Football better than American Football before American Football was even American Football-ing.

...yeah that's a good intro

As far as midwest emo goes, in my opinion, Sunny Day Real Estate's debut is the finest that the genre has to offer. Diary combines elements of post-hardcore, grunge, and alternative musically with some hard-hitting lyrics and almost perfect vocal delivery from Jeremy Enigk. There's not much else to say about this album other than I love it to bits ... read more
exception
88
When looking at this as simply another emo album, it's great, but still has some flaws. However, if you then look at this as the FIRST emo album, one that led the way for literally thousands of other bands (no matter how shitty some are) in the rock scene of the 90's and early-mid 2000's.
The songwriting is particularly impressive, in addition to the overall structure of each song. Catchy hooks, meaningful lyrics and themes, and plenty of open time to showcase the guitars and drums that run ... read more
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Track List

  1. Seven
  2. In Circles
  3. Song About an Angel
  4. Round
  5. 47
  6. The Blankets Were the Stairs
  7. Pheurton Skeurto
  8. Shadows
  9. 48
  10. Grendel
  11. Sometimes  
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Added on: June 2, 2013