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Nada Surf 

The Weight Is a Gift

Wednesday, Sep 14 2005
On 2002's "Let Go," Nada Surf's Matthew Caws wanted "to know what it's like on the inside of love," and this record hints he's spent much of the last three years there -- and it hasn't been all sunshine and flowers. From firing the lead actress in the movie of his life ("What Is Your Secret?") to musing, "I saw life turn into a TV show ... The person I knew I didn't really know" ("Blankest Year"), Caws shows he's seen some turbulence. Pure pop gems like "Imaginary Friends" break up the melancholy, but the album's darker cuts ("Comes a Time," "Your Legs Grow") are its best, when moody melody and chill-inducing harmonies leave you heavy-hearted and profoundly satisfied. The only thing separating Weight from perfection is the inconsistency of Caws' lyrics, which can go from sparkling and enigmatic and thought-provoking to movie-of-the-week cliché in the same verse (see "Always love/ Hate will get you every time" and "To find someone you love/ You gotta be someone you love"). Still, Nada fans -- save the misguided few still holding their breath for a "Popular" redux -- won't regret this purchase.

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