Nada Surf: Never Not Together Album Review

4 Dec

Not the “Popular” sound at all!  Far from it.  It’s actually more of a Death Cab for Cutie sound.  I was surprised this one ranked above my honorable mentions list.  It’s mellow, but not boring, and they gave me just a taste of their 1990s sound, but mostly had a new vibe.

So Much Love:  Soft rock and repetitive.

Come Get Me:  Interesting musically.  Introspective lyrically.  That higher note in the middle of words makes the song catchy.  Unlike the repeated line in the last song, these “come get me” and “I’m ready” repeated over increasingly demanding background music, convey importance.  The phrases are repeated to show more and more passion and resolve.

Live Learn and Forget:  This may be the song that sounds most like Death Cab for Cutie to me.  It’s very catchy.

Just Wait:  I like how they use the tempo to make it interesting.  And the bridge reminds me of the L-Word’s theme song–in a good way.

Something I Should Do:  The instrumentals are kinda 1980’s.  And can I just ask, when they sing, “dis-tance” don’t you think that’s what Fall Out Boy was probably saying when they first performed their song?  And maybe the crowd misheard it as, “Dance Dance” so they just went with it?  I totally do!  With the spoken word, reminds me of “Popular” and I think it is a welcome return.  The spoken word is effective at catching attention.

Looking for You:  The orchestral background is nice, and the guitar sounds awesome like Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The baseline is cool.

Crowded Star:  A nice little quiet song, as Dave Matthews would say.

Mathilda:  A song about gender which is very timely of a subject.  It asks society why we adhere so firmly to norms.  And it asks if you are who you are, or are you who society forces you to be?  Good beat, it catches your attention.  I can’t believe how much Nada Surf is reminding me of Death Cab for Cutie, but this also has some Minus the Bear flair.  After the more amped up middle of the song, it returns to a little quieter, I actually thought the next song had come on.  Until I heard the consistent lyrics.  I like the questions this song asks, and I like how Nada Surf is asking the listener to consider what we take for granted.

Ride in the Unknown:  Sounds very similar to the first song. 

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