Atlas - Real Estate
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the indie rock band was produced by Tom Schick and recorded at Wilco's studio in Chicago.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    90
    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. 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.
  3. Feb 26, 2014
    80
    Through lulling endless days to fretting thoughts about the future, they remain the same bunch, capable of making the impossible sound almost too easy.
  4. 80
    There’ll be plenty of albums this year that grab you by the throat more vigorously than Atlas does, but very few of them will be quite as lovingly nuanced--and none will make the guitar sound anything like as appealing.
  5. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    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]
  6. Mar 6, 2014
    70
    What's great about Atlas, the quintet's huge, intentional about-face of a third record, is that it most definitely didn't organically occur.
  7. Mar 3, 2014
    40
    Though the record cleans up some with the drifting “How Might I Live” and a quick hit of sadness from closer “Navigator”, these are but mild highpoints in a waste of still-milder mediocrity

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    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
  3. Mar 9, 2014
    9
    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. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    9
    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
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    8
    I had never gotten into Real Estate before, but the simple yet captivating melodies really did me in (fun songs to learn on guitar!). The songs on this album do start to bleed into each other at a certain point and the lyrics are a bit sobering and bleak for my tastes, but still a great album. Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2014
    6
    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. Expand
  7. Apr 23, 2014
    4
    Not really getting the all the moderate love this thing is receiving. By far their worst record, even if their previous two haven't been all that standout either. The only really solid track here is April's Song. Breezy and forgettable, a very jangle pop affair that isn't very deep. Expand

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