Weight Is a Gift
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But that was not my first impression upon listening to this cd. After the first listen I was so-so about it; basic, well-crafted pop that would likely gather dust on the shelf. But instead of blowing it off I kept listening and Nada Surf pulled me in. It's very well recorded, the band plays great and Caws has a wonderful voice, and all this leading to a performance that is more than the sum of it's parts. Now I cannot listen to "Weight" without being moved.
There is a lifetime of experience in these 11 songs and Nada Surf lays it out ever so eloquently. In regards to both the music and the metaphor, believe it: the weight IS a gift.
You may be surprised.
Gone are the hallowed introspection, moody musings and indie-production that made Let Go shine. On this new LP, I don't see the harrowing grace that was "Fruit Fly" or the wispy and up-front melancholia that was "Blonde on Blonde."
I do see a fine new LP that's more direct, more clear, more "sunny" pop sounding, yet still retains the trademark Nada Surf songcraft and wit.
I'm still mulling over the new disc, but have very good impressions on the different direction this new title takes.
The guitars are sharp and more "direct". There's less "air" to the songs -- tighter constructions rather than blissful melodies that take time to develop or those that refrain over-and-over (and often collapse on itself).
Lyrics are as wonderful as ever (e.g. - the weight is a gift line is simply great), vocals = more upfront.
If this signals the beginning of a great musical '05 fall, I'm all for it.
Upon first listen, the album sounds much more "poppy" and "cheerful" then "Let Go" as a whole. This tone is set from the get go with "Concrete Bed", with it's lush vocals and breezy guitar. But the more I listen to the remaining songs, the more they resemble the tone of "Let Go". There are more mid-tempo, concise rock/pop songs and fewer ballads compared to "Let Go". It's really hard to pick a standout song, because they are all solid. I would probably pick "What is Your Secret?". I think the reason is because of the catchy lyrics that permeate this entire album....such as: "Our movies don't play much anymore/the actress was fired". Or my personal favorite phrase (from "Imaginary Friends"): "Lenny Bruce's bug eyes."
Recently I have been inundated with new music and most albums I am lucky to listen to one time in its entirety. However, I have probably listened to this album at least 10 times since I got it 2 weeks ago. I have only two somewhat negative things to say about the album. (1) If you are put off by bad language in songs, you might not enjoy "The Blankest Year", in which the f-word is repeated several times.Read more ›
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The record is scratched and will not play on our record player; it just skips continuously.
the melodies drive the songs, the guitars crunchy,
this is a true power pop band through and through. Read more
One of my favorite Albums! Great variety of songs. Perfect to relax and stabilize mindset and mood. Every song is good.Published on November 8, 2013 by Matthew E Hayes
I think their next album, "Lucky" is their best one so far, but this one has two cuts that I like better than any other Nada Surf song: "All is a Game", and... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by W. G. Brand
I can't think of an album with a better 1-2-3 opening sequence than "The Weight Is A Gift." Until you hear the music, lyrics like "To find someone you love/You gotta be someone you... Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by Uncle Non
When I see an album with over a dozen reviews I think what can I add? My two cents I guess! In a way perhaps I am unique for a couple of reasons: I am almost 49 years old and I... Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by John Werner
This is an excellent CD! The first I've purchased by Nada Surf, and I really like their music. Unlike some bands, all their songs do not sound the same. Read morePublished on April 28, 2008 by Hummingbirds