album review::Nada Surf: Lucky

Nada Surf release their 5th album, Lucky, this week on Barsuk Records. I feel like Nada Surf don’t ever get their full due, considering the great records they have released over the years. They’ve also managed the feat of being former MTV darlings, who recovered a career, and got even better, after they left their mid-nineties perch of “Popular.” If you like The Weight is a Gift, and Let Go, then you probably won’t have much to be disappointed about in Lucky. I’m not going to say this is the best of the three, but certainly on par with the others. Lucky incorporates the same attributes we have come to expect from Nada Surf, in terms of great songs, a big sound framework to lay them on, and a recording that showcases it all. Largely, the album deals with self examination, and the continued search for meaning, making sense of life, finding peace, regression, and so forth. Lucky falls right in line with its predecessors, and the newest instalment of Nada Surf’s autobiographical self-help series. The best Nada Surf songs always have really strong melodies which really project out when they need to, almost making the chorus feel like an episode within an episode, and on Lucky, this is showcased by the cinematic “Weightless.” Their other gift is the overall feeling their songs have when they are going full bore, like the stellar “Are You Lightning,” which just grabs you, because you know you’ve felt that emptiness before, only the details were different. Lucky was co-produced by the band and John Goodmanson (Death Cab For Cutie, Blonde Redhead, Sleater-Kinney). Guest appearances on the record include: Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard, Ed Harcourt, John Roderick of the Long Winters , and guitarist Phil Wandscher of Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. Thank you, goodnight.

“See These Bones”

“See These Bones”

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