Days - Real Estate
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    100
    Real Estate set itself up to falter by comparison, but Days pulls off the impressive feat of earning that company [of Beach Boys' Today, the Byrds' Notorious Byrd Brothers, and The Shins' Oh, Inverted World].
  2. 90
    The intelligent songcraft on Days is remarkably strong and with enough luster to continue, here's to hoping the desire never runs dry for Real Estate.
  3. This is a great pop-rock album because it doesn't feel the need to be anything else.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    87
    Real Estate have such a knack for classic-sounding melody that every song quickly engages on a musical gut level.
  5. 83
    Drifting along on surf-garage guitars and lazy daydream harmonies. [28 Oct 2011, p.73]
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    83
    It feels both classic and surprisingly new; this is Real Estate, and this is all Real Estate will ever be.
  7. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    [An album that] makes you wonder where they will travel next. [Nov 2011, p.101]
  8. A beautifully hazy indie pop record, perfectly suited to hot summer days.
  9. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    If an album's ever demanded the description "plangent" or "mellifluous", it's here. [Dec. 2011 p. 128]
  10. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    A fine batch of bittersweet pop songs that are nearly impossible to ignore.
  11. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    That's Real Estate. The composition is flawless, but the feel is mellow and meandering, subdued and slight.
  12. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    The album's 10 songs manage to both hold up well individually and amount to more than the sum of their parts, and it's an album capable of entrancing its audience within a calm mindset free from unnecessary ties to genre-snobbery.
  13. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    This relentlessly positive outlook may not suit those searching for a bit more angst in their pop music, but it suits Real Estate just fine.
  14. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    More than a specific era, Real Estate conjure a sense of place and experience as vividly as any US indie film of the past five years. [Nov 2011, p.97]
  15. Oct 17, 2011
    80
    On this album Real Estate has lifted its sound out of the haze and, by extension, out of the pool of its peers.
  16. Oct 13, 2011
    80
    It is the kind of record that might drift by unassumingly lest you lend it a careful ear, but really: the second you do, it rewards unequivocally.
  17. Oct 18, 2011
    78
    In just two very natural albums, the dudes from Ridgewood, New Jersey, have managed to ensconce the indie ethos better than anyone has in quite a while, and the time of their season is right now.
  18. Nov 21, 2011
    75
    While they haven't really changed up their formula on this second LP, they have gotten exponentially better at brewing it up. [#82, p.59]
  19. Oct 18, 2011
    75
    This New Jersey quartet is one well-oiled muscle, and they flex it to hypnotic effect for 40-plus minutes.
  20. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    An affable shrug of an album, it's fine, but that's not necessarily OK.
  21. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    The sound might be crisper, but ultimately on Days, the song remains the same.
  22. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    Overall, though, Days is a great sophomore album and solid evidence that Real Estate is growing and ready to settle in for the long haul.
  23. 70
    Two years, lots of touring, and a wad of cash from Domino Records later and the New Jersey four-piece have shaken off the sun-flecked dust of that haphazard genre to reveal a clean and canny record.
  24. Oct 13, 2011
    70
    Real Estate's gift is that they either don't overthink their melodies or they can't, and the simplicity contrasts with their steady, dreamy atmospherics: instant nostalgia for an angst-free generation.
  25. Nov 29, 2011
    60
    Days is a step in the right direction, but we're hoping they can challenge themselves to do something greater on album three.
  26. Oct 20, 2011
    60
    These tracks are so instantly memorable, so curiously familiar--and so uninspiring, despite their loveliness.
  27. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    Once the album finishes, the feeling is of a consistently pleasing spell, but one without many memorable moments.
  28. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    New Jersey's Real Estate unspool pretty reveries tinged with enough guilt and confusion to keep them honest.
  29. Oct 17, 2011
    60
    s self-titled 2009 debut introduced the band's hazy, Byrds-derived jangle; this second effort reimagines the bucolic pastorales of the 80s indie movement, given a Fleet Foxes skill set.
  30. Oct 13, 2011
    50
    These towering moments stretch thin across a record lost in a comatose state of traditional, if beach-bumming, rock-pop tedium.
  31. 40
    Call it getting lost in a sea of other great bands, but Real Estate has yet to truly claim their own piece of the surf-pop movement.
  32. Oct 17, 2011
    40
    It is unremarkable to the point of being enraging.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    8
    I had mixed feelings about Real Estate's debut, I thought it was merely alright. So, I had lowered expectations for "Days" and I think that was a blessing because this album has slowly grown on me. I love how the guitars sound on this album. "Out of Tune" is the highlight here, but nearly every song is a winner. The record has a late 80's college rock vibe and reminds me a lot of the Go-Betweens. Good stuff! Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2014
    9
    Beautifully peaceful. I really love the music in this album. The guitars sound wonderful. The vocals and lyrics are also great. Nearly every track here is as gorgeous as the one preceding it, with very few exceptions. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2012
    9
    Pretty, delicate, melancholic, with the right amount of aching and hope, and beautiful guitars throughout in each song this is an accomplished little album. Full Review »