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High/Low

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New York City trio Nada Surf make their major label debut with high/low. Produced by Ric Ocasek, high/low blurs the line between art and pop with songs that are fast and sleek, loud but subtle, and melodic but dissonant, all the while casting a wickedly keen eye on life's dark little details. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002HM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a time when music is defined by 10 bands who all seem to share the same vocalist, it's good to take a step back about 8 years to a time when bands like Superdrag and Nada Surf were spitting out a few hits. Though the only band that has had a shelf life of more than a few years is Weezer, Nada Surf gives them a run for their money with High/Low. If you like "Regretfully Yours" by Superdrag or "The Blue Album" by Weezer then High/Low is the album for you. With catchy melodies surpassed only by the ripping guitar tones and the wonderful lyrics, High/Low makes for a great listen from start to finish. After recently getting this CD I am shocked that Nada Surf's only hit was the gimmicky "Popular" -- there are definitely 2 or more hits on this CD.
If you like Superdrag, Weezer, or the Pixies, then get this CD. Also, try and get a copy of "Where is my mind: A tribute to the Pixies", Nada Surf does the titles track, and damn, they do it good.
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High/Low.

Released in 1996 this LP caused quite the stir in the rock world. Mostly for the smart and sassy tune "Popular." You might still hear that tune occasionally on a alternative rock station.

People who looked past that one hit and picked up this gem were treated to one of the perhaps most overlooked rock albums of the 1990s. Some accused it of being a poor Weezer rip off. I argue its superior in so many ways and its an essentual 90s rock album.

Its an album with Umph. It picks you up, and at least in my case inspires me. When you hit play "Deeper Well" starts pumping and sucks you right into the album. The vibe and the swagger of the record are infectious.

The pacing and song layout are almost perfect.

Ric Ocasek does a masterful job getting a great power sound out of the band. It sounds like a clean garage band recording. For a loud heavy album, its intimate sounding which is quite an accomplishment. All the instruments sound great.

Standout Tracks:
Psychic Caramel
Deeper Well
Stalemate
The Plan
Popular
Zen Brain (a perfect closer)

Sadly after this, Nada Surf changed musical directions. Unhappy with this direction shift they were dropped by Elektra Records. I honestly can't blame Elektra Records. When I shelled out $30 plus dollars for "Proxmity Effect" (AU import only in those days) because I was dying to hear it - I was extremely let down. It wasn't what I was expecting. The fun & inspiration was gone, as was the swagger. "Proximity Effect" is a morose, depressing, angsty and even preachy record. I listened to "Let Go" a couple of years ago, which didn't appeal to me either.

Fans of newer Nada Surf releases tend to look down at this effort.
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...are the times when i can't talk"
I firmly believe that Nada Surf's debut album is one of the best rock albums of all time. I bought this album cos I'd heard "Popular" on MTV2 a few times, and thought I might throw it on a few compilation tapes - what I didn't expect was that the rest of the album would be so good, and so unlike Popular! Each song on here is unique and brilliant in it's own right. The lyrics are written from a detached outsiders point of view, but often stuffed with spite and hatred. While some reviews on here rather unfairly compare the band to Weezer, I'd say that "The Get Up Kids" are a better comparison. Weezer have never sounded this vicious, and that Nada Surf do it with only 3 members makes it even better. The song writing and guitar playing are particularly self assured, with time changes and other experimental traits pushed to the forefront - for example, one song uses distorted vs undistorted guitar to create a riff out of one note. Genius.
Also, like all good albums it gets better with each listen, and I should know, as I've been listening to it at least once a day for about a month now. Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm hypnotized, maybe I need to get out more, but this album shines like an undiscovered and unpolished gem from one of American music's worst years of recent times. Try it and see.
Sadly the band have been going down hill since this peak, with neither "Proximity Effect", nor "Let Go" recapturing the angst and the anger vented on this disc.
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I love this album. Simple as that. From start to finish it is amazing, i have to repeat just about every single song they blow my mind. Geek Rock rules, Amazing lyrics, just an amazing CD. yes i bought it for 'Popular' and i was rewarded. I, like a fool, lent it to my best friend and she won't give it back she likes it that much too! Buy it you won't be dissapointed
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High/Low is one of my favorite albums ever. I never listened to anything else Nada Surf did after this, but I'm aware they changed a lot. This was the first album I purchased on CD along with Nirvana's Nevermind and I actually liked this better. Still give it a listen every now and then!
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A novelty item for sure if you are using this album for this purpose. However, not for the average listener who takes music discs for granted and give them to friends to decide if it good to keep for their collection, which I think isn't good at all
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