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Reviewed by Mike Farley
“See These Bones” is the leadoff hitter and first single, and it recalls the beauty of “Always Love,” but with syncopated rhythms that make the verse and chorus separate nicely. “Whose Authority” is a crunching indie rock number, and “Beautiful Beat” displays the kind of melodic brilliance that Nada Surf is known for. The band also shows a slow, tender side on tracks like “Are You Lightning?” and “The Film Did Not Go ‘Round.” But the best track of all is “Weightless,” with its swirling guitars and vocal harmonies wrapped around powerful hooks. Add the band’s entry from the John Tucker Must Die soundtrack, “I Like What You Say,” and you’ve got another winning formula from Nada Surf.
It’s easy to get lost among all of the music being released these days, even if you have a track record like Nada Surf. And sometimes you have to re-invent yourself to gain new fans and keep the other ones interested. For these ears, Nada Surf has done all that the right way. Mostly, though, they just keep writing really great, interesting songs. Call it a sign that all is right with the musical world. Indeed, 2008 is already off to a great start.