Let Go - Nada Surf
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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. Nears indie-pop perfection. [Feb 2003, p.70]
  3. Layer after layer of preconceived notions and excess noise are stripped away to unveil both soft-spoken charm and intense newfound confidence.
  4. Virtually every song on Let Go hits its mark in one way or another, dispensing consistently remarkable moments that range from the sweet minor-key swoon of "Blizzard Of '77" and "Neither Heaven Nor Space" to the sleek, bouncy new wave of "Hi-Speed Soul."
  5. Let Go is an excellent rainy-afternoon album, full of gentle and melancholic beauty, with echoes of Love and the Beach Boys.
  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. Dec 4, 2010
    This is one of my favorite albums from the 2000s. It had definitely held up over the year, and only seems to get better with time. If you have only listened to High/Low or the song Popular, you are missing out on one of the greatest bands, and albums of this generation. Expand
  2. a_1
    Dec 9, 2010
    "Well son", I said. This is my favourite album of all time"...

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