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The Main Thing

Real Estate

The Main Thing

Fifth album from the New Jersey indie rock band features a guest appearance from Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    The New Jersey band flex their musical muscles on their first album in three years, while singer Martin Courtney ponders life's big questions
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A warm, inviting record that slots nicely into the band's catalogue, and should reward fans of the Real Estate's understated yet powerful songwriting
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s just Real Estate, doing their thing, and doing it better than anybody can do it, no matter how hard they try
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    While this could be an over-serious buzzkill, Real Estate grow up gracefully on The Main Thing while keeping a tight hold on the low-key charm and talent that made them stand out
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A transporting, densely layered record which retains a certain lyrical opacity. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Rich sonic textures and poignant lyrics mark another solid addition to the band’s discography
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    More breezy indie-pop from New Jersey stalwarts. Print edition only

  8. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    As they enter their second decade, the indie-rock veterans gently expand the borders of their suburban ennui with plush arrangements and new voices
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Another clutch of great Real Estate songs on this gentle delight, and some clues as to where the group could go next, if they chose to really stretch out and see what else their songs could do
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  10. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    In so many ways, an audience demands innovation, but Real Estate helps humble us. Although The Main Thing isn’t perfect, it serves as their version of it as we see Real Estate continuing to be both consistent and reliable as ever
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    Dreamy but real, hazy but pure and insightful, this project facilitates fresh ambition and explores new ground for Real Estate. And maybe, this record will take them even closer to that elusive ‘main thing’
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  12. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Much of the album sails by — a little too easy to listen to and without incident
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  13. 6.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    ‘The Main Thing’ is a hard record to get excited about but maybe that’s the whole point of it?
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  14. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The feeling of musical deja vu is difficult to shake
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  15. 6.0 |   DIY

    A misty mix of downtempo vibes with sombre, often questioning lyrics
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