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Nada Surf
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Nada Surf
Title: High/Low
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/18/1996
Release Date: 6/18/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075596191326, 075596191340

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Drew V. from POWNAL, ME
Reviewed on 6/23/2007...
This is the BMG release
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Nada Surf's Shining Moment.
Stephanie Sandlin | Spokane, Wa | 01/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)


Released in 1996 this LP caused quite the stir in the rock world. Mostly for the smart and sassy tune "Popular." You might still hear that tune occasionally on a alternative rock station.

People who looked past that one hit and picked up this gem were treated to one of the perhaps most overlooked rock albums of the 1990s. Some accused it of being a poor Weezer rip off. I argue its superior in so many ways and its an essentual 90s rock album.

Its an album with Umph. It picks you up, and at least in my case inspires me. When you hit play "Deeper Well" starts pumping and sucks you right into the album. The vibe and the swagger of the record are infectious.

The pacing and song layout are almost perfect.

Ric Ocasek does a masterful job getting a great power sound out of the band. It sounds like a clean garage band recording. For a loud heavy album, its intimate sounding which is quite an accomplishment. All the instruments sound great.

Standout Tracks:
Psychic Caramel
Deeper Well
The Plan
Zen Brain (a perfect closer)

Sadly after this, Nada Surf changed musical directions. Unhappy with this direction shift they were dropped by Elektra Records. I honestly can't blame Elektra Records. When I shelled out $30 plus dollars for "Proxmity Effect" (AU import only in those days) because I was dying to hear it - I was extremely let down. It wasn't what I was expecting. The fun & inspiration was gone, as was the swagger. "Proximity Effect" is a morose, depressing, angsty and even preachy record. I listened to "Let Go" a couple of years ago, which didn't appeal to me either.

Fans of newer Nada Surf releases tend to look down at this effort. This is because it being a louder, brasher, faster, sassier record while having this b*tchin' swagger. Thats not what Nada Surf is today.

This album proudly stands on its own compared to the subdued material that came later.

I'll take this album over anything they've done since. It still inspires me on multiple levels and its brillance still shines brightly."
Boom shocka lock here comes the chief rocka
Kristopher Wade | Houston, TX USA | 11/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In a time when music is defined by 10 bands who all seem to share the same vocalist, it's good to take a step back about 8 years to a time when bands like Superdrag and Nada Surf were spitting out a few hits. Though the only band that has had a shelf life of more than a few years is Weezer, Nada Surf gives them a run for their money with High/Low. If you like "Regretfully Yours" by Superdrag or "The Blue Album" by Weezer then High/Low is the album for you. With catchy melodies surpassed only by the ripping guitar tones and the wonderful lyrics, High/Low makes for a great listen from start to finish. After recently getting this CD I am shocked that Nada Surf's only hit was the gimmicky "Popular" -- there are definitely 2 or more hits on this CD.If you like Superdrag, Weezer, or the Pixies, then get this CD. Also, try and get a copy of "Where is my mind: A tribute to the Pixies", Nada Surf does the titles track, and damn, they do it good."