High-Low Import, CD
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"Popular" ou comment le devenir. Il a suffi d'un titre - ironique manuel d'instruction pour devenir "chouchou des profs" et roi de la cour du lycée - pour que les Nada Surf prennent d'assaut les esprits jeunes et rebelles. Et se retrouvent propulsés dans le panthéon du college-rock. Renouvelant un genre qui n'avait guère plus échauffé les sangs depuis Nirvana ou Pearl Jam, les trois New-yorkais ont mis une fougue tout adolescente dans cette power-pop punk et indisciplinée. Pieds de nez plutôt que bras d'honneur, les chansons de High/Low sont enthousiastes mais pas rageuses, énergiques mais jamais coléreuses. Ces hymnes bon enfant à l'efficacité contagieuse n'incitent pas à la révolte mais plutôt à l'hédonisme, à la gourmandise, tous ces péchés qu'on commet avec plaisir. High/Low, dans l'urgence, incite à vivre, pleinement. Pas simplistes pour autant, les compositions des trois songwriters recèlent aussi leur part d'ombre, comme le nébuleux "Icebox" qui, par contraste, ne fait que rendre le reste de l'album plus lumineux. --Anne-Claire Norot
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
You've heard Popular, and you know that it rules. If you enjoy listening to the chorus, then you'll enjoy listening to the rest of this. All of the songs are good, and they're great at writing a good melody, but there's nothing special about this. I haven't listened to this in a long time because when I feel like something like this, I listen to Ozma. It's still worth it to have this and be familiar with it, but I just can't imagine anyone LOVING it.
This album is a good example of what Nada Surf were like before they metamorphosised into a brilliant power-pop band with the stunning album 'Let Go'.
Although the musicianship on High/Low is of a high standard, the songs are all fairly bad especially the dreadful 'Popular' which was Nada Surf's attempt to get noticed by MTV.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This album is a fun listen, the songs are quite entertaining. Stalemate is one of my favourites, but they are all quite good songs, if a bit hollow. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002
I love this album. Simple as that. From start to finish it is amazing, i have to repeat just about every single song they blow my mind. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2001 by A. J. Garner
A gem of a find if You take the chance to listen to it. This cd is very underated, and I dont know what to call it, it has a Emo Indie feel to it. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2001 by Barbara Perrette
High/low is a master piece made by Nada Surf. If the the perfect melody won't take you then maybe the unbelievable lyrics will. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001
The only thing that I had to complain about with this album was that it ended. :)Published on Feb. 3 2001 by Darthyoshiboy
Nada Surf were called one hit wonders thanks to the radio friendly hit "Popular". Well, truth be told, they were sort of one hit wonders, to the general public. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2000 by Todd Gray
I think it is kinda sad that this band doesn't have as much of a following as other bands. Most people that I've talk to never even heard of them. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2000 by The Hunter