ARTIST: Nada Surf
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: #63
SINGLES: Popular (#51 US, #11 Alternative, #123 UK), Treehouse, Deeper Well
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt it
LINEUP: Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Alternative rock band with out-of-nowhere hit isn’t like typical post-Nirvana alternative bands.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When you only hear of bands and songs in passing, you tend to judge them harshly – moreso than other bands you’re more familiar with. So I lumped Nada Surf in with the countless other alt rockers that emerged post-Nirvana and post-Pearl Jam popularity.
Over 10 tracks (not bloated, which is refreshing), Nada Surf plays energetic rock without being repetitive nor stupid. That’s refreshing. Songs like “Deeper Well” have a catchy chorus, and they do know their ways around hooks and riffs. But they change it up (“Stalemate”) and their hit (“Popular”) is a different kind of track that fits the record well.
It’s not totally essential, but it’s a very good 90’s alt rock record.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Caws and Lorca spent time in France and Belgium as kids.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: Definitely worth a few spins for the alt-rocker in you.