Classic emo debut! Sunny Day Real Estate's "Diary" is one of those albums that will be played in mom and pop record shops until the end of the time. From generation to generation, handed down as if this has been in the family for eons, the album is just classic through and through. Often credited as the defining moment of what second gen Emo truly was and the bridge between the Post Hardcore into the actual use of the genre name 'Emo'. Unlike their Seattle peers at the time, Diary wasn't of the grunge sort and luckily didn't get pinned onto the group. The music, still slightly aggressive, is much more melodic in the arrangement and emotionally driven (duh). This double vinyl pressing came out in 2009 and offers the album in its entirety on vinyl for the first time. Original pressings were missing 4 tracks that were included on the CD version. The audio has also been remastered from the original tapes and comes with liner notes and those unforgettable lyrics.
- remastered sound from the original tapes
- gatefold sleeve
- music label: Sub Pop 1994 / 2009
reviewed by Sunny Day Trill Estate 3/2016