Real Estate, 'Real Estate' (Woodsist)

Critical Mass

by Abigail Everdell

As evidenced by song titles like "Pool Swimmers" and "Let's Rock the Beach," New Jersey–based foursome Real Estate traffic in placid, self-consciously coastal summertime jams. Even when frontman Martin Courtney moves beyond the ocean-side themes to reminisce dreamily about his suburban hometown ("Carry me / Back to sweet Jersey," he pleads at one point), the music's trembling guitar plinks and muffled percussion create a languid, sun-blanched mood. The relaxed, repetitive melodies are certainly pleasant, but when a group's template is this familiar and undemanding, congeniality isn't much of an achievement.



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