Atlas - Real Estate
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49

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  1. 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. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    It has a somewhat different style from their previous work, but the change is welcome. The music, along with the lyrics and vocals, work together beautifully, resulting in a mesmerizing album. An album that should be listened to numerous times, because every time you'll appreciate it more.
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    Great album. It features some of the best songs Real Estate has ever written in 'Talking Backwards', 'Crime', and my personal favorite 'Had to Hear'; the riff that starts off that song (which also happens to start the album) may be most emotionally impacting bit of music the band has written to date. Atlas is more slow moving and perhaps not as easy to listen to as Real Estate's previous albums, and could be said to drag bit at times, but this will likely go down as one of the best albums of 2014. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    This went from being my least favorite Real Estate album to my favorite Real Estate album in two days. Atlas will keep drawing you in for more while it grows on you with each listen.
  5. Mar 9, 2014
    pretty sexy. i like this album just because it reminds of like the beatles or some shiit. not even the beatles, maybe the... i dunno. not a bad album anyway.
  6. 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. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. May 7, 2014
    The music Real Estate make is so melodic and plentiful that it could capture any feeling it wanted to--Atlas just transposes their sound into the evening.
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    Atlas sees a further distillation of their sound; where once appealingly fuzzy, guitars now chime with crystalline clarity.
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    Charm, tunes and a certain hazy vision--Real Estate have them in abundance, and on Atlas they are more than enough to coax endless summer warmth from behind the wall of winter. [Apr 2014, p.92]