The Rising Tide - Sunny Day Real Estate
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  1. It is a strange album for Sunny Day in that it lingers in an abstract realm that the band previously only hinted at.... album is SDRE's most mature work to date. It is so musically dense and complex.
  2. 80
    It's as if SDRE was trying to make every album it thought Rush should have cut after Moving Pictures - simultaneously dark, textural, riff-based and cliche-free, yet filled with the sort of sweeping gestures and lofty arrangements you usually find in vintage prog.
  3. It's some of the band's fullest-sounding work, rich with strings and keyboard flourishes... The Rising Tide is one of Sunny Day Real Estate's -- and 2000's -- most impressive albums.
  4. 70
    But it's like the guitars have had their teeth fixed and bleached, like a extremely loud Colgate commercial.
  5. 70
    The slick strings and piano emphasized later in the album aren't as moving as the cascading guitar and Enigk's vulnerable-boy vanity.
  6. SDRE has always flirted with prog-rock machinations, but some of these songs are just too over the top to be written off as experiments in musical nostalgia.
  7. 50
    The album, as a whole, is not a washout; it just doesn't live up to the hype and expectations.

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Score distribution:
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  1. WamiqC
    Feb 26, 2007
    There are actually a couple of weaker moments. But in large part this album is the shimmering realization of everything that makes this band so loved and so revered. Mature and musically complex, and Jeremy's voice has never been better utilized or produced. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 19, 2004
  3. ajd
    Sep 18, 2003
  4. BenA
    May 7, 2005
    Incredible. Best SDRE album ever. Detailed and Heart-felt. Get it now.
  5. Grendel
    Jul 28, 2004
    SDRE is a fantasic band. I had to make this album ("The Rising Tide") my first purchase because "Fool in the Photograph", "Faces in Disguise", and "Snibe" are some of my favorite songs. Any fan of SDRE should give this album a chance. Expand
  6. FrancescoCL
    Nov 6, 2003
    Facile (bastano tre o quattro ascolti per innamorarsene), tessuto, carico di idee (a volte, per questo, pesante), longevo, brillante.Tanti pezzi che resistono alla prova del tempo:"One","Rain Song","Disappear", "Snibe", "The ocean" "The fool in the photograph". Incredibilmente stupida la scelta di un apertura con "killed by an angel" pezzo scontato,di trito rock,di scarso appeal, che regolarmente salto. Un autogol che avrà determinato molti critici a bocciare l'album. Un bel disco, invece. Acquistatelo se vi piacciono i Foo Fighters. Expand
  7. JonathanH
    Feb 4, 2006
    great songs that seem to miss the mark at some points, due to the production. the reason why this is so fascinating is because of the fact that it came from this band. not a blunder, but another chapter. this band has been moving sideways since it started, upwards when they re-united- and then sideways again... so they've actually been moving diaginal, which is the best way to move. Expand

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