Back in 1996, I had Nada Surf pegged as the prototypical one-hit wonder. The MTV standard "Popular" seemed such a slim, gimmicky song - with its spoken-word verses and "Creep"/"Smells Like Teen Spirit" choruses. And, until 2002, I seemed to be pretty much on target about these guys, what with their subsequent album coming and going without notice.
But 2002 saw the release of Let Go, a solid collection of catchy tunes that garnered a bit of radioplay and essentially served to resuscitate Nada Surf's career.
Their newest LP, The Weight is a Gift, will be released in the U.S. by Barsuk Records on September 13th. It was co-produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and can be pre-ordered from the always-worth-visiting Insound.
[MP3] [left-click] "What is Your Secret" [from the LP The Weight is a Gift, 2005]
[MP3] [left-click] "Happy Kid" [from the LP Let Go, 2002]
[MP3] [left-click] "Hi-Speed Soul" [from the LP Let Go, 2002]
[MP3] [left-click] "Popular" [from the LP High/Low, 1996]
[MP3] [left-click] "Where is My Mind?" [Pixies cover]