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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the New York alternative rock band was recorded in Wales.
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  1. Feb 7, 2020
    90
    There's nothing bad about taking such a big swing; it's definitely better than pulling your punches at this point in your career. As with much of Never Not Together, it's beautifully thoughtful and fantastically ambitious.
  2. Feb 7, 2020
    89
    There are many fine songs on “Never Not Together.” ... But The Moment doesn’t come until track six, and it’s a doozy: Halfway through an oddly nursery-rhyme-like song that opens with children singing, the band eases into a majestic chord progression that suddenly erupts into a massive, glorious chorus that they’re smart enough to ride for the next three minutes, milking it with a guitar solo and an unusual B-section before ending on an inconclusive chord, as if pausing before going on forever. With more Moments like that, we’ll be writing about Nada Surf for another 24 years.
  3. Feb 6, 2020
    80
    A welcome late-career gem.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 6, 2020
    80
    Familiar bittersweet flavours are sensitively tweaked - Looking For You's orchestral surges; Live Learn And Forget's flickering piano - Nada Surf's cathartic heartbursts remain in perfect harmony. [Mar 2020, p.96]
  5. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    Never Not Together is the best record Nada Surf have made in quite a while, and it's worth giving it a listen for any lapsed fans.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 6, 2020
    70
    It's clear that this form of musical self-help will have even the most mixed-up fan feeling slightly zen. [Mar 2020, p.89]
  7. Uncut
    Feb 6, 2020
    60
    Literate, idiosyncratic power pop, ploughed from a furrow between Fountains of Wayne and The Posies. [Mar 2020, p.33]

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  1. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    This is very very Perfect. I love all songs

    Just Wait is the best, and So Much Love too!
  2. Feb 18, 2020
    9
    This is my first Nada Surf listen and I think this album is sensational. There is not a bad song throughout. Their sound is in the vein ofThis is my first Nada Surf listen and I think this album is sensational. There is not a bad song throughout. Their sound is in the vein of Death Cab but more melodic like The Gin Blossoms or Toad the Wet Sprocket. It was well received on NPR and they were spot on. Expand