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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
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  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.
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    80
    The lackadaisical nostalgia for childhood beach holidays is certainly evocative--as indeed, is the way Real Estate recall New Jersey Antecedents The Feelies and Yo La Tengo, plus any number of old Flying Nun bands. [Feb 2010, p.96]
  4. Real Estate is a remarkable debut, and I really look forward to more from this band in the future, please, which will undoubtedly be soon in some form or another.
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    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
    10
    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 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
    9
    Even if the songs seem to be quiet harmless, this album is pretty impressive. How Real Estate creates beautiful melodies with two guitars andEven 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. Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2020
    8
    Superb debut made up of 40 mins or so of jangly tunes overlaid with the occasional background vocal. The guitar tones used are very warm andSuperb debut made up of 40 mins or so of jangly tunes overlaid with the occasional background vocal. The guitar tones used are very warm and vintage sounding and give the whole album a retro feel. The album gives across a lovely, shiny kind of vibe, hard to describe with words which is always a good sign. The songs themselves don't stand out in particular, mainly as there are no real songs here, just floating hypnotic pieces of rhythmic music. Opener "Beach Comber" and closer "Snow Days" both bookend the album perfectly. Lovely stuff. Expand