Lucky (Digi) (Bonus Cd) Limited Edition
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|1. See These Bones|
|2. Whose Authority|
|3. Beautiful Beat|
|4. Here Goes Something|
|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|
Consistent: Thats the word that best describes the discography of New Yorks 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 albums 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 Cuties 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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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.
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.
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.