The Weight Is A Gift

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2005
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Alternative Press
    90
    A nearly flawless album full of rocking pop songs that sound instantly timeless. [Oct 2005, p.156]
  3. If you had Nada Surf down as a one-hit wonder indie band that should remain sidelined to compilation tapes, then the magnetic glory of this album will turn your head.
  4. Thankfully, the band's most endearing facets remain firmly intact -- namely, their timeless nature and complete disregard for the current musical zeitgeist.
  5. There's not a clunker on "The Weight is a Gift," even if the band never veers far from the indie comfort zone of vague melancholia.
  6. Mojo
    80
    A triumph of majestic American pop uplift over bleak real-life adversity. [Oct 2005, p.112]
  7. Uncut
    80
    Rammed with stinging hooks and ringing harmonies. [Oct 2005, p.112]
  8. As a whole, The Weight is a Gift wins because the band knows how to write a catchy song and make it both sad and exuberant at the same time, with an unerring pop sensibility.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Matthew Caw's cool detachment can border on boring. [23 Sep 2005, p.90]
  10. Like their last album, 2003's Let Go, The Weight Is a Gift is a top-notch collection of sad-eyed guitar ballads.
  11. The electric guitars are grittier and the drums are more aggressive than those of many of their fellow indie-pop acts, giving Nada Surf a distinctive sound in an increasingly crowded genre and rocking hard enough that they rightfully should earn a second shot at radio.
  12. The Weight Is A Gift isn't as lyrically sharp [as Let Go].
  13. Under The Radar
    70
    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]
  14. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    Doesn't do a lot different from [Let Go]. [3 Sep 2005, p.74]
  15. Filter
    70
    A continuation of the trio's lovelorn, earnest pop. [#17, p.99]
  16. Paste Magazine
    70
    A worthy sequel to the pure pop bliss of 2002's Let Go. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.125]
  17. With the gentle, delicate soundscapes of Let Go mostly replaced by energetic guitar riffing, Nada Surf can only transcend the limitations of the '90s sound for so long.
  18. Time has allowed Nada Surf to uncover the truth in the trite, but it has also eroded some of the band's personality.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Full Review »