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Artist: Nada Surf

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download


Format: CD
Catalog: 31070
Genre: Rock/Pop
Rel. Date: 02/05/2008
UPC: 655173107027


Watching VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s" special (turn a few pages to our Sheryl Crow spotlight for more on that), it was astonishing how many one-hit wonders didn't even come close to their second day in the sun. The mainstream may dump Nada Surf in that category, as 1996's "Popular" was their first and only true chart-topper, but the indie world knows better. Their follow-up to High/Low (the "Popular" album), The Proximity Effect, was notoriously strangled by Elektra red tape (a.k.a. "Not sure if we hear a hit in here, boys."), but they justifiably broke out of the major label ghetto to massive acclaim with 2002's Let Go, their Barsuk debut. Any traces of the distorted post-grunge quirk from their debut have long since vanished in favor of tasteful, heartfelt guitar pop, not unlike BFFs Death Cab for Cutie. See, sometimes nice guys do finish first. Or, at least, not dead last.