If I Had a Hi-Fi

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's something about a band recording an album of covers that sends up a red flag in the minds of many listeners, as if the musicians are acknowledging they've run out of ideas and must sift through other folks' material in order to pad out their repertoire. This might seem particularly troubling to fans of Nada Surf, since their continued existence after the flash-in-the-pan success of "Popular" in 1996 has had so much to do with their growing strength as idiosyncratic pop songwriters, but for whatever reason, the group has chosen to interpret the work of 12 other acts on their sixth studio album, If I Had a Hi-Fi, and they've done it in a way that avoids sounding like ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's something about a band recording an album of covers that sends up a red flag in the minds of many listeners, as if the musicians are acknowledging they've run out of ideas and must sift through other folks' material in order to pad out their repertoire. This might seem particularly troubling to fans of Nada Surf, since their continued existence after the flash-in-the-pan success of "Popular" in 1996 has had so much to do with their growing strength as idiosyncratic pop songwriters, but for whatever reason, the group has chosen to interpret the work of 12 other acts on their sixth studio album, If I Had a Hi-Fi, and they've done it in a way that avoids sounding like a holding action. Nada Surf have certainly become more comfortable and accomplished in the studio a decade-and-a-half since making their first record, and If I Had a Hi-Fi is as impressive a piece of studio craft as the band has created to date. Matthew Caws, Ira Elliot, and Daniel Lorca have managed to give these songs a personal stamp without burying the melodic sensibility of the originals, and the arrangements are imaginative and full-bodied, with the trio bringing in a variety of guest musicians to broaden the scope of the music while the core musicians sound tight and emphatic. The song selection is admirably eclectic as well, encompassing indie rock heroes Spoon, Bill Fox, icons of pop the Go-Betweens, Dwight Twilley, elders of the new wave Depeche Mode, visionary eccentrics Arthur Russell, the Silly Pillows, a pair of prog rockers the Moody Blues, Kate Bush and even some international artists, performed in their original languages Mercromina, Coralie Clément. Nada Surf have found ways to approach these songs that free them from the constraints of their definitive versions while staying true to their spirit surprisingly, it's the Moody Blues' "Question" that most closely follows the original, and it's not hard to see how these musicians have made their mark on Nada Surf's musical outlook in one way or another. Nada Surf show they can play well with others on If I Had a Hi-Fi, though they'd do well to apply the lessons learned here to some new tunes for their next album. After Nada Surf announced the release of If I Had a Hi-Fi, the Wisconsin-based rock band IfIHadAHiFi began work on an EP to be called Nada Surf. Turnabout is fair play.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Mardev Records
  • UPC: 881626929926
  • Catalog Number: 69299
  • Sales rank: 99,359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Electrocution (3:12)
  2. 2 Enjoy the Silence (3:21)
  3. 3 Love Goes On! (3:03)
  4. 4 Janine (1:04)
  5. 5 You Were So Warm (2:48)
  6. 6 Love and Anger (4:50)
  7. 7 Agony of Lafitte (3:50)
  8. 8 Bye Bye Beauté (3:36)
  9. 9 Question (5:19)
  10. 10 Bright Side (3:06)
  11. 11 Evolution (5:10)
  12. 12 I Remembered What I Was Going To Say (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nada Surf Primary Artist
Joe McGinty Keyboards
Doug Gillard Guitar
Ira Elliot Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Daniel Lorca Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Matthew Caws Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Louie Lino Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Keyboards
Martin Wenk Keyboards, Brass
Victoria Parker Violin
Phillip Peterson Cello
Technical Credits
Arthur Russell Composer
Kate Bush Composer
Robert Forster Composer
Justin Hayward Composer
Dwight Twilley Composer
Martin Gore Composer
George Marino Mastering
Joe McGinty overdub engineer
Grant McLennan Composer
Bill Fox Composer
Lyle Hysen Licensing
Daniel Lorca overdub engineer
Britt Daniel Composer
Louie Lino Programming, overdub engineer
Benjamin Biolay Composer
Tom Beaujour overdub engineer
Mike Greek Booking
Wolfy Layout
Alex Lipsen overdub engineer
Phillip Peterson String Arrangements, overdub engineer
Ben Weber Management
Kyle Boyd overdub engineer
Matty McLaughlin Composer
Matthew Lamkin Composer
Martin Wenr overdub engineer
Jonathon Cawes-Elwitt Composer
Joaquin Pascual Composer
Jef Scharf Artwork
Jackie Malpant Booking
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