Let Go is one of my favourite albums, and I've kept an eye on Nada Surf since. The Weight is a Gift didn't quite match expectations, so I had high hopes for Lucky.
'See These Bones' is a great opener that ends with a three-way overlapping melody that sets the bar very high in the catchy stakes. 'Beautiful Beat' matches it for pop brilliance.
Elsewhere, 'The Fox' nicks Peter Buck's effects pedal circa Monster for some fuzzy distortion and a song that unfolds with repeated listens. 'Are You Lightning' and 'Weightless' also need to be heard a couple of times to really get them.
In all, those hopes are vindicated in part - this falls somewhere between the last two albums. There are some great songs, some more experimental directions, but nothing that really caught my attention the way Let Go did.