Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's a Baker's Dozen, Suckers: Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (2012)

There's always a good dorky twist with this blog.  

Nada Surf albums fall into to categories:  great (e.g., The Weight Is a Gift, High/Low) and very good. Everyone knows this band as a "one-hit wonder" for "Popular," but they have churned out album after quality album; I'm sure it will surprise most to find out that this is their 8th in 17 years.

On first listen, I did not like this that much -- I thought it was generic Nada Surf.  A fresh listen shows I was a bit too critical.  It's actually quite good, with a few very good songs ("Clear Eye Clouded Mind," "Waiting for Something," "Looking Through"), although there is no show-stopper here.

It's "alternative" in name only -- it's really classic, smart pop rock.  They might be under the radar, but this is an excellent band and worth checking out.  I hope they continue to make music for many years into the future.

CD Placement Rating:  Portable CD Case.

- Snilch

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