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.