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As far as I know, there's not a thread on Nada Surf (any album) so I figured this could serve as an all-purpose topic for the band.

Remember that late 90s hit "Popular"? I thought for sure these Nada Surf jerks were ripping off Weezer and cashing in on the popularity (no pun intended) of late-90s Weezer. After a couple months in light rotation on MTV, Nada Surf faded into indie rock obscurity, and no one cared.

My friend recently burned me a copy of The Weight is a Gift. I listened to it and liked it. I wanted to see if I was missing out on any of their other post-Popular work, and lo and behold, I was. Many of you have probably heard their hit single from Let Go, "The Inside of Love". Since I haven't listened to commercial radio in almost a decade, I totally missed that one.

Let Go is one of the best rock albums I've heard in years. The music is relatively uncomplicated: mostly just power chords and simple hooks. But there's something about it that really works. It didn't take long to grow on me. I find myself singing the tunes under my breath at work. I almost feel like their newer album, The Weight is a Gift is a step back for them, because it's less varied in tempo and tone. But maybe that's just because Weight is more upbeat, where Let Go is a bit darker, and I haven't been in the mood for cheerful music lately.

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A friend burned Let Go for me, too, about three weeks ago. I listened to it only in the background twice, and thought it was great. I'll give it my full attention when I spin it next time.

-s.

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I loved the song Popular. I bought High/Low around that time and then forgot about them for a few years. I rediscovered them recently with the purchase of Proximity Effect, which is a solid album. There are some catchy songs on the The Weigh is a Gift, but I wasn't overly impressed by anything.

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The indie radio station has been playing a lot of the new stuff from The Weight is a Gift, and that song "Always Love" has been stuck in my head for awhile. Since I've got a couple music gift cards burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas, I was thinking of picking up the CD, but it sounds like maybe I should start with Let Go from what you guys are saying.

"The most important thing is that people love in the same way. Whether they are monarchists, republicans, or communists, they feel pain in the same way, as well as hatred, jealousy, fear, and fear of death. Whether you are a deeply religious man or an atheist, if you have a toothache, it hurts just the same." - Krzysztof Kieslowski

"...it seems to me that most people I encounter aren't all that interested in the arts. Most of the people who are my age ... appear to be interested in golf, fertilizer, and early retirement schemes.... I will stop caring passionately about music, books, and films on the day that I die, and I'm hoping for Top 100 album polls in the afterlife." - Andy Whitman

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I haven't heard all of Let Go or The Weight is a Gift, so I can't comment on the albums as a whole. None the less, let me throw my two cents in for Let Go just off the strength of "Blizzard of '77", "Inside of Love", and "Blonde on Blonde". Most albums would be lucky to have one good song as good as those three. For an album to have three tracks that good...rare.

I am now asking myself why I don't own Let Go.

"It is scandalous for Christians to have an imagination starved for God." - Mark Filiatreau

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The indie radio station has been playing a lot of the new stuff from The Weight is a Gift, and that song "Always Love" has been stuck in my head for awhile. Since I've got a couple music gift cards burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas, I was thinking of picking up the CD, but it sounds like maybe I should start with Let Go from what you guys are saying.

I like Let Go a little better than The Weight is a Gift, but the new album is good; just not quite up to Let Go standards. Let Go doesn't have a loser in the bunch, and several songs are as good as power pop/dream pop gets, IMO.

On the other hand, if you're just looking for the song "Always Love," you can pick up the latest issue of Paste Magazine, which features that song and the video for the song on a DVD, twenty-one other songs on a CD, a bunch of other music videos and some wonderful short films on the 4+ hour DVD, and a nice, slick 150-page magazine, for about half the price of a Nada Surf CD.

And if you act now, we'll throw in a free set of Ginsu knives. Okay, commercial over.

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Is anyone catching them on tour anytime soon? I have a ticket to see them in Charlottesville Feb 9th. I'll post here after the show.

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The Nada Surf love-fest proved to be too much. I got given a BestBuy gift-card for my birthday and I used the opportunity to pick-up Let Go last night. I'm glad I did. I loved the three songs that I already knew, but like Andy said, there's not a loser on the whole album.

Finnegan- I haven't seen Nada Surf in awhile, but I saw them a couple of times when they were on tour with Death Cab for Cutie a couple years ago. Good live band from what I remember. They did a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which was surpisingly not too bad.

"It is scandalous for Christians to have an imagination starved for God." - Mark Filiatreau

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The Nada Surf love-fest proved to be too much. I got given a BestBuy gift-card for my birthday and I used the opportunity to pick-up Let Go last night. I'm glad I did. I loved the three songs that I already knew, but like Andy said, there's not a loser on the whole album.

Heh - Kyle and I were both won over by the lovefest. My Barnes & Noble gift card was wavering between Nada Surf's Let Go, an Old 97s CD or Don't Believe the Truth by Oasis (the last CD mix we did, courtesy of Anders, had the song "Love Like a Bomb," which is relentlessly catchy, and I liked the other stuff I sampled, too).

Nada Surf won out partly because there were too many Old 97s to choose from and because B&N wanted 21 bucks for the Oasis CD. Agreed with all the love here, Let Go is outstanding (playing in my office right now).

"The most important thing is that people love in the same way. Whether they are monarchists, republicans, or communists, they feel pain in the same way, as well as hatred, jealousy, fear, and fear of death. Whether you are a deeply religious man or an atheist, if you have a toothache, it hurts just the same." - Krzysztof Kieslowski

"...it seems to me that most people I encounter aren't all that interested in the arts. Most of the people who are my age ... appear to be interested in golf, fertilizer, and early retirement schemes.... I will stop caring passionately about music, books, and films on the day that I die, and I'm hoping for Top 100 album polls in the afterlife." - Andy Whitman

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I had dismissed Nada Surf for a few years after "Popular". I rediscovered them again over their song "Do it Again" which was included on one of the Paste sampler CDs, and I really dug it. I saw them in concert last night, at a casino concert club of all places, which was weird. They put on a great show, though, straight up catchy rock and roll.

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I love Let Go! Fantastic record through and through.

This record is a masterpiece. I went back to it now that I have a car with a CD player (I've been listening to a lot more music, and some great sermons too). There've been a few times that I've put a disc in and just haven't been able to hit the eject button. Let Go has turned out to be just that. It's pretty straight laced as far as the music goes. Pretty normal alterna-pop chord stylings. It isn't abrasive anywhere. I think a good comparison might be to Death Cab For Cutie (although Death Cab, especially their older stuff, has more serious chops to contend with). But for a straight up feel-good and very smart record, I just can't seem to get over Let Go. Highly recommended if (like me) you missed this one when it was first released.

-s.

In an interstellar burst, I am back to save the Universe.

Filmsweep by Persona. 2013 Film Journal. IlPersona.

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Seeing as how I'm a power pop junkie, I would definitely be remiss to not be a part of the Nada Surf train. So, I was glad to discover this thread with other such lovers of the Nada boys singing in perfect harmony. But, unless I missed it somewhere, I haven't found mention anywhere of their latest, Lucky, which is really giving me some pure pop bliss. I have to say, they've really hooked me and hooked me hard. Big time. Though they still haven't quite matched their power pop master class on Let Go, I'm digging this record even more than The Weight is a Gift, and find it close, which says to me that these boys are here to stay. Heck, the first three tracks are way and above the price of admission, but then add track 4, "Here goes Something" a total Simon and Garfunkle throwback, and man, I'm through the roof on this one. Anyone else heard it, or written about? Andy? Josh? Anyone?

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Nada Surf is one of those bands that I have to be in just the right mood to really enjoy. Preferably "distracted". It might have something to do with the fact that as power pop goes, their tunes can be a little skimpy. But I thought Lucky had some excellent moments... See These Bones (magnificent interweaving vocals on the coda) and Are You Lightning? are two very memorable specimens from that effort...

"The things we enjoy are channels through which the divine glory strikes us, and those who love and delight in any good thing may yet learn to love God." --Gilbert Meilaender

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