Let Go - Nada Surf
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Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Summary: One-hit wonders, you say? Well, the New York trio did score an MTV hit with "Popular," from their 1996 debut album, but it is a more mature and less commercial Nada Surf that returns now with a third LP, their first for indie label Barsuk.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. A dozen near-perfect pop songs, each one teeming with joyful desperation.
  2. Layer after layer of preconceived notions and excess noise are stripped away to unveil both soft-spoken charm and intense newfound confidence.
  3. 90
    A near-perfect record to hold onto with all the might you can muster. [#58, p.103]
  4. Let Go is an excellent rainy-afternoon album, full of gentle and melancholic beauty, with echoes of Love and the Beach Boys.
  5. A more mature mix of intelligent guitar tunes and acoustic noodling. [Oct 2002, p.113]
  6. 80
    Wheel reinvention, it ain't, but for insidious, emotionally overblown ear candy, Let Go hits a real sweet spot. [Nov 2002, p.113]
  7. This record is Weezer-lite, emo-lite, corporate radio, MOR rock junk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
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  1. JoeB
    Apr 4, 2005
    10
    I couldn't believe someone gave this album a bad review. How does rob mitchum stay employed? If I were that bad at my job, I'd be I couldn't believe someone gave this album a bad review. How does rob mitchum stay employed? If I were that bad at my job, I'd be donating sperm and blood for a living. Anyway, soaring vocals, perfectly layered harmonies, and melodies that are run circles around the bands these guys (unfairly) get compared to (Weezer? These guys are writing the stuff weezer wishes they could write). Expand
  2. kelme
    Jul 6, 2004
    10
    best album of the year 2003
  3. a_1
    Dec 9, 2010
    10
    "Well son", I said. This is my favourite album of all time"...
  4. DaveF
    Jul 28, 2005
    10
    One of my favorite records. I've been spinning it off and on for nearly two years, and its sweet exuberance hasn't worn thin yet. One of my favorite records. I've been spinning it off and on for nearly two years, and its sweet exuberance hasn't worn thin yet. Buy it, treasure it, tell your friends Expand
  5. alexanderc
    Feb 16, 2006
    10
    the best cd by the best band ever.... sorry to sound like a little MTV baby, but its true
  6. CJD.
    Feb 2, 2008
    10
    Rob Mitchem, what a friggin DB. Does he even write for PF anymore?
  7. ColeN
    Jul 18, 2004
    8
    Poop, but wonderfully entertaining poop. Listening is enjoyable, and even fun!!!

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