Diary (Sunny Day Real Estate album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 1994
RecordedNovember 1993
LabelSub Pop
ProducerBrad Wood
Sunny Day Real Estate chronology
Sunny Day Real Estate
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubA[3]
Drowned in Sound8/10[4]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Record Collector4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[9]

Diary is the debut studio album by American rock band Sunny Day Real Estate. The album is considered by many to be a defining emo album of the second wave[10], otherwise known as Midwest emo. It has also been called the missing link between post-hardcore and the nascent emo genre.[11]

Diary was remastered and reissued in 2009, with bonus tracks "8" and "9" from their 1993 7-inch Thief, Steal Me A Peach and newly written liner notes.[12]


The songlist started with six tracks written by Thief, Steal Me a Peach, a project started when bassist Nate Mendel went on tour with his other project Christ on a Crutch, and drummer William Goldsmith invited his friend Jeremy Enigk to jam with him and guitarist and then singer Dan Hoerner. The first songs afterwards had titles regarding their order in composing - "Seven", "8" and "9", though only the first appeared on Diary - and then two different numbers, "47" and "48".

The album was released on CD, vinyl and cassette. The vinyl has been released in three limited edition pressings, all of which are out of print. The first was a multi-colored splatter vinyl, released on "Glitterhouse Records" in Germany. The second was a black vinyl pressing on Sub Pop. A repress followed on green vinyl (and possibly a second black pressing), but the label for this second pressing states "Edition II" under the Sub Pop logo. All three vinyl pressings are missing 3 songs that are present on the CD, possibly due to the time constraints of vinyl, as the album clocks in at 53 minutes. The missing songs are "Round", "48" and "Grendel". The 2009 double LP re-issue contains all 11 songs from the original album, and two bonus tracks.

The artwork of the album was almost entirely done by Chris Thompson. However, the "butterfly" drawing on the album's booklet was created by Nate Mendel's father. The album cover features the popular children's toy Little People.


The album was different from those released by popular Seattle grunge bands at the time. Its melodic but urgent sound has had a clear mark on future emo groups.[13] It is the seventh best selling album released on Sub Pop, having sold more than 231,000 copies.[14] Rolling Stone writes, "Diary captures the vague inner-turmoil of Enigk's lyrics and propels those turbulent emotions to the heavens."[15]

Diary was ranked amongst the best emo albums of all time in the Italian music magazine XL.[citation needed] In 2013, Diary took the first place in LA Weekly's list "Top 20 Emo Albums in History".[16] It also topped the Rolling Stone list "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time" in 2016.[17] NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[18] The album was ranked at number 155 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[19] Ian Cohen from Pitchfork writes, "it's the terse yet tender delivery of the lyrics from Jeremy Enigk that ultimately drew people in."[20]

The song "Seven" was featured in the South Park episode "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers", and it was performed by the band on an episode of The Jon Stewart Show. It is also featured in Guitar Hero 5, and it was also released on the Rock Band Network on July 5, 2010.[21] YouTube comedian Jarrod Alonge covered "Seven" on his album Awkward & Depressed.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner.

2."In Circles"4:58
3."Song About an Angel"6:14
6."The Blankets Were the Stairs"5:27
7."Pheurton Skeurto"2:33
Total length:52:52
Reissue bonus tracks
Total length:64:10


There are three circulating demos from Diary recording sessions, which took place at Idful Studios, in Chicago.

  • "In Circles"
  • "Rodeo Jones"
  • "Song About an Angel"


Sunny Day Real Estate
Additional personnel
  • Brad Wood – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Lynn Hamrick – photography
  • Chris Thompson – artwork


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  2. ^ Grubbs, Eric (October 2, 2009). "Sunny Day Real Estate Reunites At Just The Right Time". Dallas Observer.
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Kyle (September 22, 2009). "Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary / LP2". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Metcalfe, Will (October 15, 2009). "Album Review: Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary and LP2 (reissues)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Cohen, Ian (September 3, 2009). "Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary / LP2". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan (September 14, 2009). "In Circles: Sunny Day Real Estate Reconsidered". PopMatters. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary". Q (99): 147. December 1994.
  8. ^ "Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary". Record Collector: 108–09. 2009. [U]nique ... with its bare-boned, visceral raw heart honesty ...
  9. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Sunny Day Real Estate". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 793. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ "'Diary' album review on Allmusic.com". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  11. ^ - Monday (2010-05-25). "Sub Pop at 20: life after grunge - The National". Thenational.ae. Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
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  13. ^ Moss, Corey (2006-10-16). "Emo Stars Worship Them, So Should Sunny Day Real Estate Reunite? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  14. ^ "Sub Pop Turns 20, Sends Zach Braff An FTD Bouquet | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  15. ^ Galil L., Bayer J., Burgess A., Spanos B., Exposito S., & Montgomery, J. 40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time. (2016, March 1). Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  16. ^ "LA Weekly's "Top 20 Emo Albums in History"". laweekly.com. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  17. ^ "Rolling Stone's "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time"". RollingStone.com. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  18. ^ "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". NME.com. January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  19. ^ Martins, Chris (May 11, 2015). "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)". Spin. p. 3. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  20. ^ Cohen, Ian (September 3, 2009). "Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary / LP2". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  21. ^ "Seven by Sunny Day Real Estate // Songs // Rock Band®". Rockband.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-02-13.

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