- Released: February 5, 2008
- Label: Barsuk
Spin - p.963 stars out of 5
-- "Nada Surf face everyday life's cacophony with a pleasant, unfaltering, even sugary approach."
Uncut - p.964 stars out of 5
-- "Throughout, Nada Surf have the ambition and the chops to realise it."
Alternative Press - p.1444 stars out of 5
-- "LUCKY is full of intricate melodies and bridges, intense while at the same time awash with the delicate touch of human experience."
Q (Magazine) - p.1083 stars out of 5
-- "['Weightless' is] a delicious coupling of joyful guitar riffs and Matthew Caws's warm falsetto..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1064 stars out of 5
-- "[A] deftly crafted cat's cradle of chiming, corroded guitars, soaring strings, and Matthew Caws' reedy, vulnerable vocals carrying melodies akin to sun breaking through clouds."
Harp (magazine) (p.101) - "[I]t will bring a smile to the face of anyone who likes a simple, well-crafted tune."
The Word (magazine) (p.107) - "With their sumptuous sound, ringing melodies and Caws' mellifluous voice, this trio aren't a million miles away from Coldplay or Travis."
- 1.See These Bones
- 2.Whose Authority
- 3.Beautiful Beat
- 4.Here Goes Something
- 6.Are You Lightning?
- 7.I Like What You Say
- 8.From Now On
- 9.Ice on the Wing
- 10.The Fox
- 11.The Film Did Not Go 'Round
Personnel: Coralie Cl?ment, Ben Gibbard, Sean Nelson, Lianne Smith, John Roderick (vocals); Phil Wandscher (guitar); Phillip Peterson (cello); Martin Wenk (trumpet); Louie Lino (piano, keyboards); Ed Harcourt (piano); Joe McGinty (organ).
Additional personnel: Coralie Cl?ment (violone); Martin Wenk (horns); Ed Harcourt, Joe McGinty, Louie Lino, Phil Wandscher, Ben Gibbard, Sean Nelson, Lianne Smith, John Roderick, Phillip Peterson.
Audio Mixer: John Goodmanson.
Recording information: Can Torres; Hall of Justice, Seattle, WA; Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, WA; The Nuthouse, Hoboken, NJ; The Sitcom; Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: Jeremy Zilar.
On LUCKY, Nada Surf's third album since it reemerged on the Barsuk label as unlikely alt-rock survivors, the Brooklyn-based power-pop band presents another well-honed set of immediately engaging songs. Alternating between gentle melancholy moments (the introspective "Beautiful Beat") and bright bursts of melody (the twinkling "Here Goes Something"), LUCKY is a testament to the ensemble's considerable songwriting abilities, as well as frontman Matthew Caws's sincere guy-next-door charm. While those who remember Nada Surf's gimmicky mid-'90s single "Popular" may still be reluctant to follow the band's latter-day phase, those who do will be rewarded with keen and pleasantly understated pop tunes.