Atlas - Real Estate

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    This time round, perhaps due to Courtney’s settling down and the addition of Girls keyboardist Matt Kallman, the band sounds fuller and more mature, with a tendency to look forward rather than harking back to the past.
  2. Oct 30, 2014
    Real Estate already evaded the sophomore slump on 2011's impressive Days, now Atlas furthers the catalog.
  3. Mar 4, 2014
    It’s a quietly sublime work from a group of musicians who have always insisted--via their straight-up goofy music videos, Budweiser references and substitute teacher-like appearances--they’re just average suburbanites.
  4. Mar 3, 2014
    They’ve made the first record of their career that feels like it might teach you something over time. It is rare, and special, for a band to be this effortlessly and completely themselves.
  5. 83
    The chords and arrangements on Atlas are the densest Real Estate have ever attempted, shading their sunshine into something palpably more mysterious, like a sunset in inclement weather.
  6. 83
    With each album Real Estate has sharpened this process, making Atlas both immediately recognizable and their most interesting album to date.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 5, 2014
    Atlas SOUNDS nice, but the production and style overshadow simple, uninteresting songs that are too understated, too apathetic to catch and hold my attention. Fans of the genre will undoubtedly find something here - and that is not a bad thing. Real Estate remains at least competent in putting together a worthwhile listen. For me, however, the instrumentals blend together too often, the songs don't differentiate themselves from one another, and the album takes too few risks, dulling the overall atmosphere. Album flow does not always have to be a direct result of similar songwriting and production; it is possible to switch styles and vary dynamic diversity and still have a cohesive effort. Real Estate, in my opinion, has fallen short in that aspect. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2014
    The things is with this album is, Real Estate has changed, a lot, but in very subtle ways. One of the most obvious being production. In my opinion the production on this album is amazing. This is exactly how a guitar should sound. The interplay between the two guitars, and even the bass and synth/organ on some of these songs are great. The lyrics are also more mature and surprisingly clever and smart. This is an album that requires (for me) a few listen through but then at one point, it clicks and you realize how brilliant this album is. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2014
    I did heard a change from Days to Atlas, but its subtle and sincerely is only for a good cause. The result is a great production with melodies that are greater than any other Real Estate song. Each instrument sounds like it should, the vocals sound better than ever and the mood of the album, in general, is more fun and transmits much more (specifically joy). Since 'Had to Hear', the band shows what you're in for, and by the time you reach 'Crime' the only thing you want is for the album to last longer. With easy but seductive songs like 'Primitive' and 'Navigator', you end up with a smile on your face, for sure. Full Review »