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  • Summary: Experience has only made their work richer, bringing gravity to the subject matter and lightness to the sound of this new album. Keeping things honest--and often rapturous--has become a modus operandi.
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  1. It's the best sort of covers album, reverent to the source material but not beholden to it.
  2. This is how the covers album should be done, with tight technique and loving affection blending together to give the new versions life and bite.
  3. Cover albums are usually a contractual cop-out, but the diverse scope and amount of thought put into each track on If I Had A Hi-Fi prevents it from sounding superfluous or self-indulgent. [Jun 2010, p.107]
  4. Their approach avoids downright imitation of their source material, and they somehow capture a broad swathe of popular music in their own style.
  5. Covers, of course, are always fraught with peril, and at times singer/guitarist Matthew Caws’ inflection has a way of fermenting the source material’s latent cheese.
  6. On If I Had a Hi-Fi, Nada Surf accomplishes the rare feat of producing a covers album that won't just waste space on your CD shelf.
  7. Were Nada Surf not so comfortable with their own style, If I Had a Hi-Fi might play entirely as an indier-than-thou stunt performance instead of a fun, if somewhat slight, one-off record.

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  1. Aug 27, 2010
    5
    If I had a hi-fi, I would listen to the originals, Nada Surf's and everybody else's. When Tori Amos covers Slayer, makes "Raining Blood" herIf I had a hi-fi, I would listen to the originals, Nada Surf's and everybody else's. When Tori Amos covers Slayer, makes "Raining Blood" her own and manages to be far more disturbing than the original - I see the point of the cover and tip my hat. When Nada Surf covers Spoon... I refuse to participate. Collapse