- Audio CD (Feb. 1 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, CD
- Label: Elektra Entertain.
- ASIN: B000002HM6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
|1. Deeper Well|
|2. The Plan|
|8. Psychic Caramel|
|10. Zen Brain|
I firmly believe that Nada Surf's debut album is one of the best rock albums of all time. I bought this album cos I'd heard "Popular" on MTV2 a few times, and thought I might throw it on a few compilation tapes - what I didn't expect was that the rest of the album would be so good, and so unlike Popular! Each song on here is unique and brilliant in it's own right. The lyrics are written from a detached outsiders point of view, but often stuffed with spite and hatred. While some reviews on here rather unfairly compare the band to Weezer, I'd say that "The Get Up Kids" are a better comparison. Weezer have never sounded this vicious, and that Nada Surf do it with only 3 members makes it even better. The song writing and guitar playing are particularly self assured, with time changes and other experimental traits pushed to the forefront - for example, one song uses distorted vs undistorted guitar to create a riff out of one note. Genius.
Also, like all good albums it gets better with each listen, and I should know, as I've been listening to it at least once a day for about a month now. Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm hypnotized, maybe I need to get out more, but this album shines like an undiscovered and unpolished gem from one of American music's worst years of recent times. Try it and see.
Sadly the band have been going down hill since this peak, with neither "Proximity Effect", nor "Let Go" recapturing the angst and the anger vented on this disc.
I bought the CD because radio in my town was spinning "Popular" and "Deeper Well" quite a bit and it made for good summer day road trip music.
now, looking back on the album, having heard and fallen in love with their new release "Let Go" and their 2000 UK release "The Proximity Effect", this album sounds like nothing more than a batch of quickly written songs in badly produced demo form.
it's ceratinly the last CD you should buy if you're checking the band out for the first time, I find backtracking worked the best
buy "Let Go" (their 2003 release), then "Proximity Effect" (2000 UK release, 2003 US release), and then "High/Low"
Matt's writing has matured greatly over time and the new record is a highly established work of art.
"high/low" is not
I am so happy that the first that I heard of Nada Surf was the album 'Let Go' because if I had heard this album first,I would have very quickly decided that Nada Surf were not my cup of tea and I wouldn't have listened to them any further.
Do yourself a favour and buy the masterpiece 'Let Go' instead and consign this piece of embarrasing history to the bargain bin where it deserves to be.
If you like Superdrag, Weezer, or the Pixies, then get this CD. Also, try and get a copy of "Where is my mind: A tribute to the Pixies", Nada Surf does the titles track, and damn, they do it good.