- New Jersey-based lo-fi purveyors Real Estate move to Domino Records and follow up their self-titled debut with Days. Recorded with Kevin McMahon (the Walkmen, Titus Andronicus), Days captures the band's bittersweet songcraft and revisits "Out of Tune," previously released as a 7".
Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music runs smooth like passenger-seat leather, with buttery harmonies, strummy melodies and warm-glow reverb softening all edges..."
Spin (p.79) - "[T]he simplicity contrasts with their steady, dreamy atmospherics: instant nostalgia for an angst-free generation."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[With] surf-garage guitars and lazy daydream harmonies..." -- Grade: B+
Magnet (p.60) - "Leadoff single 'It's Real' shows the group excitedly milking a shimmering, descending guitar riff..."
Q (Magazine) (p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Sharper-edged than the lo-fi haze of their debut, there's still a muzziness, no clear definition, the ozonic guitar pop of 'Easy' or 'Municipality' doing you good just by maintaining background levels of gentle melancholia."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Real Estate share common ground with groups like The Shins and comparisons can also be made with fellow New Jerseyites from the late 1970s, The Feelies..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.33) - Ranked #24 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "The Feelies were an obvious touchstone, along with Felt, on this second beguiling album."