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Lucky, the title of Nada Surf's fifth album, is at once literal and ironic. Like the songs that singer / guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca and drummer Ira Elliot crafted for their previous two albums, Let Go (2003) and The Weight is a Gift (2005), Lucky is filled with images of restlessness, longing and the elusiveness of love. Yet the band counterbalances the lyrical bitter sweetness with musical buoyancy. Intimate songs become in-it-together anthems, thanks to the chiming guitars, propulsive rhythms, and the emotional candour in Caws' vocals. A song like Beautiful Beat segues from a sparsely arranged, confessional first verse into a harmony-laden chorus and reaches multi-layered, canon-like proportions before the track fades out. If Caws is often suggesting that romance and resolution may still be an inch or two out of reach, he's also proffering immediate musical solace. turn up the volume, hit the repeat button, and your troubles, for a blissful three minutes or so, will disappear. The three members of Nada Surf have played together now for a dozen years. They've survived overnight major-label success and the inevitable morning-after bleariness, persevering past obstacles that would have sunk a less resilient combo, to become one of America's most truly independent and respected bands. experience has only made their work richer, bringing gravity to the subject matter and lightness to its presentation. keeping things honest has become a modus operandi.



  • 1. See These Bones
  • 2. Whose Authority
  • 3. Beautiful Beat
  • 4. Here Goes Something
  • 5. Weightless
  • 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



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