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Lucky (Digi) (Bonus Cd) [Limited Edition]

Nada Surf Audio CD
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1. See These Bones
2. Whose Authority
3. Beautiful Beat
4. Here Goes Something
5. Weightless
6. Are You Lightning?
7. I Like What You Say
8. From Now On
9. Ice On The Wing
10. The Fox
11. The Film Did Not Go 'Round

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Consistent: That’s the word that best describes the discography of New York’s Nada Surf, the jingle-jangle pop trio now in its second decade. With heavenly harmonies and swollen choruses, the band can always be counted on to deliver an album’s worth of hummable, single-worthy melodies. With lyrics that are pointed, yet restrained, the music--often acoustically driven but electrically charged--is the message. Songs like “See These Bones” (a Teenage Fanclub knock-off featuring Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard), the optimistic “I Like What You Say,” the louder “Weightless,” and especially “Ice on the Wing” are the brand of pop cut that takes merely a couple listens to feel like it's been in the listening arsenal for years. Even the more somber tracks are buoyed by tranquil instrumentation or, on the heartrending closer, “The Film Did Not Go ‘Round,” by the backing vocals of the underrated Lianne Smith. --Scott Holter

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool! Aug. 6 2009
Format:Audio CD
So I was totally into Nada Surf as a high school "loser" their music spoke to me. Now, thirty something, I'm returning to their tunes on a whim and totally dig them. My favourites keep changing. " See These Bones" captured my soul and then "are you lightning" furthered my interest. My fav's keep changing - I love this album. Awesome!
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If "Lucky" is a 5-star album, then "The Weight is a Gift" was, too. And "Let Go" was 6. And that's just not possible without redefining the arithmetic. True - Lucky is excellent, and a grower at that - you start off thinking it's just a good album, but after a while are easily convinced it's a great album. A not-so-subtle increase. But its greatness falls just behind that last mentioned masterpiece.

So why did I give it 5 stars too? Because Amazon can't give 4 and three quarters...
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5.0 out of 5 stars And these guys aren't mega stars? March 21 2008
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I had not heard of Nada Surf until listening to the great Bob Harris on BBC Radio Two and picked this album up on the strength of hearing one track on his show. From the stunning opener "See These Bones" to the cerebral closer "The Film Did Not Go 'Round" this is a journey of great pleasure. Distant echoes of Flaming Lips, Matthew Sweet, Mojave 3 and others - but quite unique - they cast a delightful spell. Beautiful music, great songs and great musicianship - and yet they are barely known. This must change, they really do deserve a wider audience. American music at its best!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Beat Feb. 6 2008
By P. Opus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes an album comes along at the right time and crystallizes how I'm feeling at that very moment in ways that words can't describe. This is one of those albums. After a long tough day yesterday I decided to drive up the coast (I live in California) to my favorite indie record store (one of the few left in my area, sadly) to buy this, the new Nada Surf album. I hadn't read any reviews, had no preconceived notions, I just loved their last two records and had heard some funny stories about the making of this album from a friend who has a connection to this band. I ended up in a long discussion with the employees at the record store about the meaning of music in the context of life - which played directly into the next 45 minutes or so for the long drive home with this playing on my car stereo.

The song that hit me most was "Beautiful Beat," a testament to the ability of music to lift a person out of despair. Not that I was in despair, but the beauty of the instrumentation and the chugging rhythm behind the poignant lyrics struck a chord and put me in a peaceful, happy mood for the rest of the night. Other tracks that hit me immediately were the first one ("See These Bones") which seems in part to be about growing older in the music profession, and "I Like What You Say" which contains some choice phrases describing how being alone need not mean feeling lonely. But really the whole thing just blended together into this mass of pop perfection soup.

This one isn't what I'd call a "grower," at least in my opinion, because it had such an immediate impact. But the way it is layered and produced, there will be lots to discover over time as well. Like their other CDs since the absolutely brilliant "Let Go," I expect this will be with me and in regular rotation for a lifetime.

The beat is beautiful indeed.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same from a great band, and with some slightly different flavors. Feb. 11 2008
By J. D. Lowrey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been following Nada Surf's efforts for the better part of fifteen years, and it's always interesting to see what these guys will do next, as every new album seems to become, in many ways, my favorite of their works. Many people have remarked that this album feels "more upbeat" than the previous two, and I think I would have to agree with this to some extent, but the passion that fans of Nada Surf are used to hearing in their work is very much as prevalent on this album as ever before. I like the "brighter side of love" themes of the songs. If their album Let Go was a rainy-Sunday-afternoon type of album, then Lucky is more like a sunny-Saturday album. From a lyrical and production standpoint, it seems like the band had a little more fun with this album. As much as this is the same Nada Surf that fans have grown to love with plenty of familiar sounds, as on previous albums Lucky has its share of new sounds that old fans will appreciate just as much. In short, on the whole I think this album gives fans a more musically sophisticated Nada Surf, and with a variety of songs, I can see Lucky becoming my favorite of their albums. Also, I really enjoyed the bonus songs of this Limited Edition, particularly the acoustic versions of two songs from the albums.

For completeness of this review, my impressions of some of the individual songs are as follows...

"From Now On" and "Ice on the Wing" - Two very strong Nada Surf songs of the sound and momentum that have somewhat defined their past couple of albums. The strong rhythms and harmonies particularly remind me of efforts like "Happy Kid" and "No Quick Fix" off of Let Go, and "Concrete Bed" from The Weight is a Gift."

"I Like What You Say" and "Whose Authority" - As suggested by the previous two reviewers, I would call these songs, along with "See These Bones," as good candidates to immediately grab your attention on a first listen through of the album, as they did for me. I mention them together specifically because the limited edition album includes acoustic versions of these two songs that I have to admit that I like at least as much as the album versions.

"Here Goes Something" - A very interesting and unusual effort from Nada Surf, but I like it all the same. The production and harmonies here make me wonder whether Simon and Garfunkel was playing in the background while this was conceived.

"Beautiful Beat", "Weightless", "Are You Lightning", "The Fox", and "See These Bones" - I feel like these songs are the real strengths of this album, defining it as unique from the previous ones in its musical maturity and sophistication of production. It seems to me that on this album the band enjoyed a little more room to explore new production techniques and touch on some different sounds, not to mention there are some interesting guest appearances throughout these songs and the rest of the album.

This wouldn't be a proper review if I did not include a favorite song off the album. Like many others, "See These Bones" struck me immediately, as indicated above, but "Are You Lightning" has already become one of my favorite Nada Surf songs and certainly my favorite off this album. Caws' vocals are moving as usual, and the bass line, lead guitar (played by Phil Wandscher), and piano (Louie Lino) really fill out this ballad, which begins slow and rhythmically before rising to a beautiful and moving ending.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific album from Nada Surf Feb. 5 2008
By lovetractor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A little more upbeat than "Let Go" and "The Weight is a Gift", this is another terrific album. For reference I consider both of those albums to be fantastic recordings. My favorites: "See these bones", "The film did not go round", "Whose Authority". Harmonies shine on this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful album May 15 2008
By David OBrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is very impressive. As far as I am concerned, it's a return to form after the disappointing and bloated "The Weight Is A Gift".
The opening trio of songs "See These Bones", "Whose Authority" and "Beautiful Beat" are outstanding. There seems to be a Pernice Brothers chamber pop influence going on here. In fact these songs very much remind me of Pernice Brother stuff. "See These Bones" features Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard on backing vocals. "Whose Authority" is fantastic. It's a power pop landmark song like Ballad Of El Goodo by Big Star or Sparkys Dream by Teenage Fanclub. It's absolutely wonderful. "Beautiful Beat" doesn't disappoint either. I like the addition of orchestra and piano on it. Another thing that I like about this whole album is the addition of extra vocalists. I have the limited edition download and the song "I Wanna Take You Home" features Juliana Hatfield on backing vocals and it sounds wonderful. Matthew Caws' voice is complemented nicely by her voice. "Here Goes Something" is a nice change too. It's all acoustic guitars and has a country influence. "Weightless" is back to the indie stuff and is not quite as good as the rest. "I Like What You Say" is pleasant. "From Now On" is another high point. The multi layered voices sound great. On the whole this is a very pleasant album and would easily be a high point of the Nada Surf catalogue.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIME IS TIGHT! April 18 2008
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is another fine album by this hard working band. It goes into some nice sonics, harmony, and intelligent (sometimes almost sweet) vocals. I saw the band in Minneapolis with THIS TOUR, and can only stress that this band is as tight as any I have ever heard. It's obvious they enjoy their music and so do I. Buy this and you will not be disappointed. It's actually a (dare I say) very pretty album?!! Your parents may like it too. I am 62 and I grove to it! GREAT BAND--they deserve a bigger following!
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