Diary (Sunny Day Real Estate album)

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Studio album by Sunny Day Real Estate
Released May 10, 1994
Recorded November 1993
Length 52:47
Label Sub Pop
Producer Brad Wood
Sunny Day Real Estate chronology
Sunny Day Real Estate
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A[2]
BBC Music (favorable)[3]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.7/10[5]
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars[6]

Diary is the debut studio album from the Seattle-based alternative rock band Sunny Day Real Estate. The album is considered by many to be a defining emo album of the second wave.[7] It has also been called the missing link between post-hardcore and the nascent emo genre.[8]

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.[9]


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 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 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It is also featured in Guitar Hero 5, and it was also released on the Rock Band Network on July 5, 2010.[10] Sub Pop plans to release the rest of the band's discography (and the label's entire catalog) eventually on the Rock Band Network.[11]


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.[12] It is the seventh best selling album released on Sub Pop, having sold more than 231,000 copies.[13]

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".[14] NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[15] The album was ranked at number 155 on Spin‍ '​s "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner

No. Title Length
1. "Seven"   4:45
2. "In Circles"   4:58
3. "Song About an Angel"   6:14
4. "Round"   4:10
5. "47"   4:34
6. "The Blankets Were the Stairs"   5:27
7. "Pheurton Skeurto"   2:33
8. "Shadows"   4:46
9. "48"   4:46
10. "Grendel"   4:53
11. "Sometimes"   5:43
Total length:
Reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "8"   5:15
13. "9"   6:03
Total length:


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


  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/r203500
  2. ^ a b http://www.avclub.com/articles/sunny-day-real-estate-diary-lp2,33119/
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/vwd3
  4. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14738/reviews/4138119
  5. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13411-diary-lp2/
  6. ^ "Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  7. ^ "'Diary' album review on Allmusic.com". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  8. ^ - Monday (2010-05-25). "Sub Pop at 20: life after grunge - The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Sub Pop Records : Sunny Day Real Estate : Diary (2009 Edition)". Subpop.com. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  10. ^ "Seven by Sunny Day Real Estate // Songs // Rock Band®". Rockband.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  11. ^ Gilbert, Ben (2009-07-22). "Sub Pop announces support for Rock Band Network starting this fall". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "LA Weekly's "Top 20 Emo Albums in History"". laweekly.com. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  15. ^ "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". NME.com. January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ Martins, Chris (May 11, 2015). "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)". Spin. p. 3. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 

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