Sunny Day Real Estate: The Rising Tide (2000)


THE RISING TIDE (2001) – 5: A classic case of a band over-delivering, THE RISING TIDE is by far the band’s most ambitious offering thematically and sonically, turning up every knob to 11 as opposed to the more subdued production of HOW IT FEELS. The problem is that the band had not yet learned how to wear the studio that well, and with their prog tendancies pouring out on all fronts, they come off sounding like a band trying to sound meaningful (“One”). There is at least one monumental disaster, the silly centerpiece “Snibe.” A few of the other tracks, like “Fool in the Photograph” and “Television” sound a little bit too much like the band is borrowing from the bands who borrowed their ideas. But their are some truly great tracks herein as well, such as the lilting “The Ocean,” as well as the beautiful “Tearing In My Heart.” Perhaps the most disappointing thing is that the band here breaks its streak of strong bookends, with two relatively mediocre songs opening and closing the record. The band called it quits after this one, but more things would come over the next decade from this group in various forms.
Tracks:
1. Killed By An Angel (3/5)
2. One (2/5)
3. Rain Song (3.5/5)
4. Disappear (2.5/5)
5. Snibe (1/5)
6. The Ocean (5/5)
7. Fool In The Photograph (2/5)
8. Tearing In My Heart (5/5)
9. Television (2/5)
10. Faces In Disguise (3/5)
11. The Rising Tide (3/5)

album-the-rising-tideSunny Day Real Estate
The Rising Tide; 2000
Time Bomb Recordings

My Rating: 5/10

A classic case of a band over-delivering, THE RISING TIDE is by far the band’s most ambitious offering thematically and sonically, turning up every knob to 11 as opposed to the more subdued production of HOW IT FEELS. The problem is that the band had not yet learned how to wear the studio that well, and with their prog tendancies pouring out on all fronts, they come off sounding like a band trying to sound meaningful (“One”). There is at least one monumental disaster, the silly centerpiece “Snibe.” A few of the other tracks, like “Fool in the Photograph” and “Television” sound a little bit too much like the band is borrowing from the bands who borrowed their ideas. But their are some truly great tracks herein as well, such as the lilting “The Ocean,” as well as the beautiful “Tearing In My Heart.” Perhaps the most disappointing thing is that the band here breaks its streak of strong bookends, with two relatively mediocre songs opening and closing the record. The band called it quits after this one, but more things would come over the next decade from this group in various forms.

Tracks:

1. Killed By An Angel (3/5)
2. One (2/5)
3. Rain Song (3.5/5)
4. Disappear (3/5)
5. Snibe (1/5)
6. The Ocean (5/5)
7. Fool In The Photograph (2/5)
8. Tearing In My Heart (5/5)
9. Television (3/5)
10. Faces In Disguise (3/5)
11. The Rising Tide (3/5)

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  1. Pingback: Career In Review: Sunny Day Real Estate (et al) « Sweet Georgia Breezes

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