Sunny Day Real Estate

The Rising Tide

Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide ©2000 Time Bomb
1. Killed By An Angel
2. One
3. Rain Song
4. Disappear
5. Snibe
6. The Ocean
7. Fool In The Photograph
8. Tearing In My Heart
9. Television
10. Faces In Disguise
11. The Rising Tide

Sunny Day Real Estate has endured one of the more tumultuous careers of any band. Having gone through a breakup, finding religion, members joining a prominent group (Foo Fighters), and typical difficulties with management and distribution, Sunny Day Real Estate still managed to release one of the best albums of 2000 in The Rising Tide. And since the band combusted once again a year after the album's release, it can said without any hyperbole that the band went out on their finest work. At the very least, they didn't overstay their welcome.

Sunny Day Real Estate's earliest work was often classified as "emo", but by 2000, their sound encompassed a very rich, fully realized envelopment of music and lavish arrangement. With hints of dreampop, shoegazer and a pensive, contemplative mood, The Rising Tide is the record Janes Addiction might have released if their pretensious trimmings had been foregone. Singer Jeremy Enigk possesses a very alluring voice, a falsetto that neither soars to Farrell-esque stratospheric heights nor gets lost in 70s prog rock silliness. Rather, his ability to create a moving vocal melody is very impressive indeed. Fans of Jeff Buckley may be interested in hearing Enigk's delivery, although he doesn't quite have Buckley's immense range. Each of the songs range from soft and contemplative to quietly aggressive, but never to any rip-roaring degree. Instead of pummelling the listener with waves of distortion and overkill, Sunny Day Real Estate wisely places many hooks in each of the songs, making them all very memorable in the long run. This is the kind of album that you find yourself playing several times in a row because the trip is very enjoyable.

Although the band has departed us once again, The Rising Tide is an excellent farewell. Fans of any of the bands namechecked in this review are advised to seek out a copy of this record pronto.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2002

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