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  • Summary: The New Jersey indie rock band that includes ex-Titus Andronicus member Martin Courtney releases its debut album.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Cynics be damned: however the hype machine happens to play this one out, Real Estate have overcome the critics and released one of the most refreshing, satisfying and richly rewarding albums of 2009.
  2. Despite the summery song titles and the beach balling associations that might follow these guys around, this music transcends the notion of seasons.
  3. The music, accordingly, is languorous and minor-key, the guitar work of Matt Mondanile chiming and tuneful in the manner of the Strokes. Nostalgia is carried along by the wind, along with the smell of salt water and hot pretzels.
  4. For a band relatively new, Real Estate seems to understand what's within their grasp, and they attack it with a confidence that's pretty astonishing. [Holiday 2009, p.79]
  5. 78
    All of these bittersweet tracks are gloriously faint approximations of everyone's favorite seasonal affective disorder. [Holiday 2009, p. 93]
  6. Despite its short shelf life, Real Estate, if it hits you at the right time, can be splendidly transcendent.
  7. Real Estate’s sound is imbued with the same sentimentality as the rest of the indie class of 2009, but with zero ambition.

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  1. JeffC
    Nov 23, 2009
    One of the best albums of the year, hands down. One of the few bands that can deliver equally in both their live performances and recorded content. Great to see that the critics agree. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    Even if the songs seem to be quiet harmless, this album is pretty impressive. How Real Estate creates beautiful melodies with two guitars and a bass without any sound effects, is incredibly awesome. One of my favourite albums and one of my favourite bands too. Collapse