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  • Summary: Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla returns as producer for the band's followup to 'Let Go.'
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The Weight Is a Gift is Nada Surf's most honest and earnest record to date.
  2. 80
    Rammed with stinging hooks and ringing harmonies. [Oct 2005, p.112]
  3. Thankfully, the band's most endearing facets remain firmly intact -- namely, their timeless nature and complete disregard for the current musical zeitgeist.
  4. A worthy sequel to the pure pop bliss of 2002's Let Go. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.125]
  5. Decidedly upbeat, and if it's not exactly littered with a plethora of outstanding tracks like its predecessor, it makes up for it in spirit. [#10, p.107]
  6. The whole affair is polished to such mirror-like perfection that I have to dim all the lights and cover my eyes when I listen to it.
  7. Sadly, bland harmonies and bloodless production blunt the impact. [Oct 2005, p.117]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. CarolynW
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    This album, like its predcsessors, shows music doesn't have to be complicated to prove its worth. This Weight is a Gift gives fans hope This album, like its predcsessors, shows music doesn't have to be complicated to prove its worth. This Weight is a Gift gives fans hope for more beautiful indie records of similar imprtance. Nada Surf is, in my mind, THE indie rock band. Yes, 'tis a biased opinion, but whose isn't? Expand
  2. matthew*
    Sep 21, 2005
    10
    Another solid Indie/Pop Masterpiece from one of the most underappreciated bands of our generation.
  3. MichelleG
    Jan 31, 2006
    9
    This cd is really good even though I still think that Let Go is better....you have to get used to the lyrics, but after you do its pretty catchy.
  4. PhilpR
    Sep 22, 2005
    8
    A really good record. A mature & original & very very intelligent pop group.
  5. GregH
    Feb 3, 2006
    8
    Another good one here by a great band that somehow still remains (for better or worse) under the radar. Catchy, simple, and honest. great use Another good one here by a great band that somehow still remains (for better or worse) under the radar. Catchy, simple, and honest. great use of language here too. As a complete work, it is not as strong as Let Go, but, song to song, still makes for a great listening experience. Expand
  6. adils
    Jan 11, 2006
    7
    This is not as sweet as Let Go but it's still pretty good. Unlike Let Go which instantly catches you, this grows on you gradually. This is not as sweet as Let Go but it's still pretty good. Unlike Let Go which instantly catches you, this grows on you gradually. It's worth a listen. Overall I think Nada Surf are a pretty solid band, very enjoyable live, too. Expand
  7. JKM
    Nov 9, 2005
    2
    This album is sooo blah. This is not indie rock (as I was expecting)... this is a collection of very average, 90s alternative pop radio This album is sooo blah. This is not indie rock (as I was expecting)... this is a collection of very average, 90s alternative pop radio songs... think Goo Goo Dolls meet Semisonic. Yuck! Nothing interesting happens on this album. Your Legs Grow is okay.. but. nothing else on this album sticks out to me. I'm extremely dissapointed that I put out $10 for this one. This is the first time I've been this dissapointed with a music purchase in a long time - and I buy a lot of music. Oh well. Save your money for something with some substance. This release has none. Expand

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