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Proximity Effect Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 29 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Great Utopia
  • ASIN: B00004W5KD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Hyperspace
2. Amateur
3. 80 Windows
4. Mother's Day
5. Troublemaker
6. Bacardi
7. Bad Best Friend
8. Dispossession
9. The Voices
10. Firecracker
11. Slow Down
12. Robot
13. Silent Fighting (Bonus Track)
14. Spooky (Bonus Track)

Product Description

Mid-price reissue of the alternative rocker's previously deleted title from 1998 includes three bonus tracks, 'Silent Fighting', 'Spooky', 'Firecracker' (Video), & a virtual studio tour. Heavenly. 2003.

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Format: Audio CD
Proximity Effect is a pretty hard CD to track down - it took me a long time to get it off Amazon.com, and even then it was a second-hand promo copy. Was it worth the wait? Well, kind of...
It turns out the record company didn't like it at first either, and so it's release was delayed for years, until long after the buzz created by "Popular" had faded, it probably even missed the backlash too! But now Nada Surf are becoming cool again and the album's been re-issued it's time to have another look.
I'm a relatively recent Nada Surf convert - i picked up their first album in a bargain bin about 8 months ago and then got the new one for Christmas, so I was eager to complete the set. Proximity Effect does disappoint though. It sounds exactly like what it is - a bridge between the violent, sulking Nada Surf of old and the quieter, more melodious current incarnation. I'm more a fan of the High/Low stuff, so this album is a bit too restrained for me. There are highlights though, notable the opening track and 80 windows, but there are also lowlights. For me, "Mother's Day" is the worst thing they've ever done. A well-intentioned rant against date rape it seeks to compare girls to one's mother and as such it comes across as preachy, heavy-handed and ill-advised. Somewhat embarrassing too...
Anyway, beyond that the rest of the album's ok, but it never takes off like the others and so shouldn't deserve your immediate purchase, but probably deserves a place in your collection somewhere.
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By A Customer on Nov. 8 2003
Format: Audio CD
I usually DO NOT give reviews, but I couldnt help myself with this one. I love this CD. After seeing Nada Surf live I bought this one and I havent stopped playing it over and over. The only thing I really don't much care for is the bad best friend and dispossession. The "dispossession" version of the north 6th street cd is better (available off their website). This version of "Robot" I think is better than the north 6th street version. Alot of times real artists dont get the recognition due to them and I'm glad that Nada Surf decided to continue on without the big label.
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I first dicovered this album by a friend. I was instantly hooked by their very original sound. It is still my favourite Nada Surf album. They even manage to write intelligent lyrics!! I recommend this album to anybody : child, teen, adult, granny. Everybody could have something to apreciate and to learn from this album.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb33fd300) out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite albums...ever. Jan. 20 2005
By Brian M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, this album is so awesome and one of the best albums I have ever listened to. I learned of Nada Surf from their mid-90's radio hits "Popular" and "Treehouse" from the album High-Low. About 8 years went by where I totally forgot about the band, but then when I was in my downloading of 90's hits craze almost two years ago, I downloaded the songs "Popular" and "Treehouse," eventually followed by "The Plan" and "Stalemate" which were secondary hits of theirs. Soon, I was addicted and got as much of Nada Surf's stuff I could. Once I heard this album, I couldn't beleive how great it was. I read many reviews in the media that this album was their lowest selling and biggest dissapointment. WHAT THE HELL? That shows you how ignorant the media is because all they listen for is mainstream garbage. If you want to hear radio hits get High-Low because this album is much more unique and has such a variety.

The first song, "Hyperspace" is a great and catchy song and a good start to the album. It is really unlike their previous stuff in the sense that it is more indie sounding. It is not the best song on the album, but it is still a supurb song. The second track, "Amateur" is the self-proclaimed "single" from the album. I beleive this song got some radio play in the UK. It is a cool song with a really cool chorus and has a cool temp change near the middle. The third track, "80 Windows" is definitly one of the best on the album. It is a softer song with the greatest lyrics; it has so much meaning to it. The fourth song, "Mother's Day" is also one of my favorites and one of the heavier songs on the album. It is more of a comic song than serious and the ending is really funny (Blue balls and all that bull****, blue balls and all that bull****!). The 5th song, "Troublemaker" is a very unique song. When I first heard the album I never gave this song a chance at all. However, I actually listened to it and the more I did the more it grew on me. It is one of the most emotional songs I have ever heard and has a great tune and probably the 2nd best on the album. Now track six, "Bacardi" is by far the best song on the album and one of the best songs I have ever heard from any band. I go against everything I believe (my belief that nothing is perfect) by giving "Bacardi" a 10/10, but it is just that good! It is so heavy, has wicked bass guitar, and a major temp change towards the end. It is about the after-effects of partying, something I can definitly relate to. It is such a feel good song that gets you pumped up as hell. The seventh track, "Bad Best Friend" is another really good song, but is probably the least good song on the CD. It has more of a poppy tune and the lyrics aren't something I relate with. The eighth song, "Dispossession" is a song that was one of my favorites when I first heard the album, but was surpassed by almost all of the other songs. It is a good heavy song with an interesting chorus. Moving on, "The Voices" is one of my favorite tracks. It just has an all around good melody. "Firecracker," track ten, is also one of the best songs on the album. It is the only song on the album Nada Surf made a video for (I think) and I think it was also a single from the album. The song definitly makes sense and I can relate to it. "Slow Down," the next song is probably the most underestimated song on the album. When I first heard it, I didn't like it that much. But, WOW, is it good. Another one of the best songs on the album (notice a pattern?). The following song and track twelve, "Robot" is the original last song of the original release of the album. The lyrics are quite interesting and it has a real nice tune. It is also the longest track on the album. This version is much better than the less heavy version on North 6th Street. The final two tracks are two songs that were included on the re-release of the album in the U.S. "Silent Fighting," track thirteen, is an old b-side (from the High-Low era) which has not been re-recorded. It is a great song though with a really catch meldoy. I also really like the lyrics. The final track "Spooky" is so freaking awesome. The original version of this song was later released on North 6th Street and isn't as good. This version, however, is really cool and some of the lyrics have been changed up. I beleive this track was a b-side to this album. Anyways, this album is definitly one that should be picked up by anyone who just likes good music. I could see people who are into punk to soft slow alternative getting into this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1f4f9e4) out of 5 stars THIS CD IS AMAZING! Oct. 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I found a promo copy of Proximity Effect in a used record store. I feel like the luckiest man alive. This album is amazing, my favorite. Like people have already said, you can listen to the whole thing over, and over, and never get tired of it! I have no idea why this isn't for sale in the US, I can see it being huge! I hope that my band can pull off what Nada Surf just did. Lastly, buy it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1cfe6fc) out of 5 stars Absolutely inspiring June 7 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...Appartantly it did get released in Australia, but it was hard to find in New Zealand, where I'm from...There is not a bad track from start to finish (I have the 13 track version, with no bonus tracks). The album kicks off with the singalongable "hyperspace", and if this song doesn't make you feel good then I'd say you need councilling. Next comes "amatuer", a very positive song that might even make the more sentimental listener cry with it's soaring chorus "I know I'm just an amatuer, but I gotta try". Other highlights include "Mother's Day" an absolutely brillant and chilling song about the world's hatred of rapists. "80 Windows" is a beautiful account of a lonely man in a lonely world of his own creation. The album closes with two brilliant, emotional songs. Slow down has one of the catchiest verses that I've heard in a long time, and Robot, well, you have to listen to it to believe it. Nuff said, this is an awesome album from a little known band, let's hope they get the success they deserve.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1d14b28) out of 5 stars The Difficult Second Album Jan. 20 2012
By armenianthunder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
By now the Nada Surf story is well-known: band scores a semi-hit in the twilight of the Alt Rock gold rush. Band records the ever-crucial second album, only to be asked "where's the hit?" by the label, who refuse to release/promote it. Band retreats to the practice room and the drawing board, after much hand-wringing and disappointment, to eventually emerge from adversity and obscurity as a leaner, stronger, more confident glistening-pop-making machine. Those looking for something in the vein of their sarcastic nerd-rock anthem "Popular" were likely confused by this dense thicket of angsty rock. While the band was to truly find its way on their subsequent albums, after a prolonged period of hibernation with its future very much in doubt, the direction they would take is hinted at on songs like "Amateur" ("You said I should get professional help/it always makes me cry"), the bouncy "Bad Best Friend," the ruminative "Bacardi" and the bracing opener "Hyperspace," all of which rank with their best work. The true highlight is "80 Windows" ("The moon is closer to the sun/than I am to anyone"), a paean to voyeurism and loneliness which reflects the album's generally dark vibe, which shows the band beginning to find their new direction: distinctive melodies with ruminative lyrics that reflect more epiphanies than your average power-pop combo can usually muster. Sure, there are some mis-steps (like the ham-handed anti-date-rape screed "Mother's Day") and half the album is fairly indistinct alt-rock-by-numbers but the good songs are very good indeed, and make this worth a listen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1d14b4c) out of 5 stars Unbelievable June 15 2001
By Debbie Cullins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1995 I heard popular by Nada Surf on the radio. I thought the band sounded great. Almost six years later I saw them on Napster reconized the name, and downloaded hyperspace. The very next day I bought their new CD "The Proximity Effect" with average expectations. Since then the CD has not left the CD player in my truck, and is probably the most underated CD's and bands I've ever come across. Number 1 hyperspace is unbelivable, number 2, Amatuer, my favorite song on the CD is one of my favorite songs ever. Along with these 80 windows is great, Mothers Day is a more up tempo catchy and serious rock song, Troublemaker, number 5, is my second favorite song on this CD - from there they are all great, escially when you get to Robot towards the end. Overall, with not one bad song on the whole CD, Nada Surf put out what I would consider one of the top five albums ever (Weezer taking spots one through 3, then the Ataris). Take a chance and buy the CD, it really is unbelivable.