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High/Low [CASSETTE] [Import]

Nada Surf Audio Cassette
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Nada Surf has been a band for 10 years — longer than most of their living peers have been out of a car seat. If you know your stuff, you know the story. If you don’t, here it is. We begin where all good things outside of Seattle do — in NYC:

Matthew Caws and Daniel Lorca met in high school and play around the city in a few short-lived bands, eventually forming a trio ... Read more in Amazon's Nada Surf Store

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (18 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HM7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

1. Deeper Well
2. Plan
3. Popular
4. Sleep
5. Stalemate
6. Treehouse
7. Icebox
8. Psychic Caramel
9. Hollywood
10. Zen Brain

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite letting go of the college rock thing 21 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been discovering Nada Surf backwards ever since being seduced by the crystalline guitar-pop of Let Go earlier this year. This is perhaps not the best way to go about it: opener 'Deeper Well' is a little rudimentary and bears scarce resemblance to the unselfconscious assurances of 'Blonde on Blonde', and the initial comparison is unfavourable. As an album in its own right, then, Hi/Low never quite takes off, and if like me you're coming to it retrospectively, it's difficult to avoid (unfairly) putting it in the context of the band's late-90's stylistic evolution. However, there are some decent tunes on here, and you can detect the germ of later greatness in songs like 'The Plan' and 'Stalemate', while 'Popular' is still a juvenile thrill to hear: a moodier re-working of Weezer's ' Sweater Song'. It's undoubtedly the quieter interludes on this album that best exhibit Nada Surf's latent greatness; the intro to 'Hollywood' is definitely getting there, but 'Zen Brain' hits the spot with unerring accuracy, coming out of nowhere to tug at your heart strings. All soft chord-work, elegant bass and plaintive vocals, it's a worthy cousin to later Surf classics like 'Bad Best Friend' and 'Inside of Love'. Strong finishing from Caws and Co. but, in the nicest possible way, 'High/Low' is still a gutsy, talented First Division contender to Let Go's swaggering Champions League outfit. Even so, I'd recomment buying it, for the sake of completing your collection, and for the sprinkled moments of magic. How about 'Throw away your crushes, all your childhood crutches' for a poignant line? Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars criminally overlooked! 11 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nada Surf rock! These guys totally deserve success. 'Popular' was picked up by MTV (I think) and that's how I was inspired to get this CD. So many of these tunes are fantastic - 'Deeper Well', 'The Plan', 'Popular' and 'Stalemate' are maybe the four best, but the quality all-round is impressive.
I remember the press saying they should have been around five years earlier, when they could have been seen as a viable pop-grunge affair. That's so unfair, though; I've seen them play live twice and they had so much energy both times. GET HOLD OF THIS CD!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool melody punk for kids parties! 24 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the best college rock LP your ever going to buy. Popular being the best track because of the lyrics and the catchiest riff ever. Every track is brilliant all individual and very bouncy. Think of Weezer on speed and an attitude then this album is what you have got. If you whack it on at a party then youre going to pull a crowd!!! Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deeper well than just a one hit wonder 20 Oct 2009
By Nobody VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Well this album was a real surprise for me. All that I had heard of Nada Surf was the 'Popular' single when it was released in 1996 but it didn't really do anything for me at the time. There were a lot of bands like Nada Surf occupying the post-grunge landscape of the mid to late 90s and so with limited resources I simply overlooked them. Mistake! And so couple years while on a nostalgia binge and trying to recapture something that I felt I had lost the name Nada Surf popped up again. I was blown away almost immediately by the sheer quality and quantity of the hooks on the album. So good are they that I feel the album should be compared to the other great and equally neglected nerdcore album of the late 90s Weezer's 'Pinkerton'. The album was recorded and produced by Ric Osarek in a 19 day period which I think really benefits the material immensely. These songs are vibrant and energetic as a result.

For me this was a lesson well learnt: never believe the music press with their hipster snobbishness and never judge an album by its single. There is a lot more to Nada Surf than the 'Popular' single and they are a far better band than they are ever given credit for.
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