Days (album)

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Days
Real estate - days (cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 2011 (2011-10-18)
StudioMarcata Recording
(New Paltz, New York),
Rear House
(Brooklyn, New York)[1]
Genre
Length41:25
LabelDomino
ProducerKevin McMahon, Jarvis Taveniere
Real Estate chronology
Real Estate
(2009)
Days
(2011)
Atlas
(2014)

Days is the second studio album by American indie rock band Real Estate, released on October 18, 2011 on Domino Records.

Background[edit]

The album was recorded over the course of five months in a remote New Paltz, New York barn with Kevin McMahon as the producer, except for Out of Tune, which was recorded by Jarvis Taveniere at Rear House in Brooklyn, New York.[2] The album was subsequently mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York City.

A video for the lead track "Easy" was released through Funny or Die and directed by Tom Scharpling.[3]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for the album uses a 1966 photograph entitled "Row of New Tract Houses," which features a tract housing in Bayonne, New Jersey. The photograph is from conceptual artist Dan Graham's 1967 photographic collection Homes for America.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
The A.V. ClubA[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
Mojo4/5 stars[10]
NME7/10[11]
Pitchfork8.7/10[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[14]
Spin7/10[15]

Days received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 32 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[16] Pitchfork labeled it "Best New Music".

The album was recognized as #13 on The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far list by Pitchfork in August 2014.[17]

On their "Top 50 Albums of 2011" lists, Pitchfork placed it at number 9, Q and Uncut placed it at number 24,[18][19] and Paste placed it at number 47.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Martin Courtney, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Easy" 3:53
2."Green Aisles" 5:01
3."It's Real" 2:48
4."Kinder Blumen"Matthew Mondanile3:55
5."Out of Tune" 4:51
6."Municipality" 3:36
7."Wonder Years"Alex Bleeker2:34
8."Three Blocks" 3:18
9."Younger than Yesterday" 4:08
10."All the Same" 7:21
Total length:41:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Estate: Days". discogs.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ "marcata.net marcata Resources and Information". www.marcata.net. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  3. ^ Pelly, Jenn (2012-01-10). "Video: Real Estate: "Easy"". PitchforkMedia. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ Moments of History in the Work of Dan Graham. MIT Press. Benjamin H. D. Buchloh. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Reviews for Days by Real Estate". Metacritic. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Days – Real Estate". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Hyden, Steven (October 18, 2011). "Real Estate: Days". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Wood, Mikael; Anderson, Kyle; Maerz, Melissa (October 21, 2011). "Albums: Oct. 28, 2011". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Costa, Maddy (October 20, 2011). "Real Estate: Days – review". The Guardian. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Real Estate: Days". Mojo (216): 101. November 2011.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Hazel (October 14, 2011). "Album Review: Real Estate – 'Days'". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Masters, Marc (October 18, 2011). "Real Estate: Days". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "Real Estate: Days". Q (305): 128. December 2011.
  14. ^ Hermes, Will (October 18, 2011). "Days". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  15. ^ Powell, Mike (October 18, 2011). "Real Estate, 'Days' (Domino)". Spin. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Days – Real Estate". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)". Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  18. ^ "Uncut's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  19. ^ "Q's 50 Best Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  20. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2011". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05.