The new record, Lucky, has crept up on me. Certainly it’s what you’d expect from a Nada Surf album: catchy melodies with sing-along choruses. But the band’s unabashed positive spirit comes through stronger than ever; hell, singer Matthew Caws (or, at least, I’m assuming it’s Caws) writes a treatise on the word “lucky” in the liner notes. It’s either the hokiest thing you’ve ever read or the most uplifting. It all depends on your outlook, and I suppose that’s the point the band is trying to get across on this record: Are you appreciative of what you have or do you take it for granted?
At the very least, we can be thankful the band made exquisite use of liner notes, a lost art in our digital world.
A quick note about this set: See These Bones, the final song they played, faded out before conclusion, so I didn’t include it here. You might try streaming this performance (with interview) at KCRW Web site. (I got it from the podcast.)
Nada Surf on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, 2/5/08:
Ice on the Wing.
I Like What You Say.
Are You Lightning?
Here Goes Something.