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Bringing to mind Johnny Marr's sparkling guitar work with the Smiths and the Kinks song that shares their LP's name, New Jersey's Real Estate unspool pretty reveries tinged with enough guilt and confusion to keep them honest. The music runs smooth like passenger-seat leather, with buttery harmonies, strummy melodies and warm-glow reverb softening all edges: When singer Martin Courtney mirrors the "in the sun" line from Nirvana's "All Apologies" on "Easy," it's like he's remembering a dream. The mood is summed up in the simple line "we've got a memory" – issued with a sigh, a jangling outro and probably a Valium.

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From The Archives Issue 1142: October 27, 2011