Let Go

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
A funny thing happened to Nada Surf on the way to sure-fire late-'90s alt-rock stardom. Despite obtaining a decent amount of MTV exposure, their sardonic first single, "Popular," ultimately arrived just moments too late to capitalize on the era's short-lived mainstream fancy with geek rock. And with no quality second hit in sight, neither 1996's moderately successful High/Low nor its forgettable 1998 follow-up, The Proximity Effect, gained much traction outside the indie rock underground -- seemingly consigning the trio to the dreaded one-hit-wonder bin. Subsequently dropped by Elektra, Nada Surf settled into a prolonged state of hibernation only drummer Ira Elliot ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
A funny thing happened to Nada Surf on the way to sure-fire late-'90s alt-rock stardom. Despite obtaining a decent amount of MTV exposure, their sardonic first single, "Popular," ultimately arrived just moments too late to capitalize on the era's short-lived mainstream fancy with geek rock. And with no quality second hit in sight, neither 1996's moderately successful High/Low nor its forgettable 1998 follow-up, The Proximity Effect, gained much traction outside the indie rock underground -- seemingly consigning the trio to the dreaded one-hit-wonder bin. Subsequently dropped by Elektra, Nada Surf settled into a prolonged state of hibernation only drummer Ira Elliot was heard from, thanks to his regular session work, so that even committed fans would have to be forgiven for washing their hands of the group during this four-year silence. That is, until the belated and understated 2002 arrival of their revealing third opus, Let Go, on which Nada Surf showed that they refused to quietly fade away into gimmick-enforced exile by putting their faith into their own pop songwriting instincts. The resulting record takes its title quite literally, as layer after layer of preconceived notions and excess noise are stripped away to unveil both soft-spoken charm and intense newfound confidence. Upbeat, electrified fare like "Hi-Speed Soul" and the Foo Fighters-lite of "The Way You Wear Your Head" is now the exception to the rule established by predominantly acoustic numbers like "Blizzard of '77," "Fruit Fly," and "Neither Heaven nor Space," all of which strike a heartaching chord with their bewitching melancholy. The French-sung "La Pour Ca" offers a mesmerizing, Pink Floyd-styled laziness, while additional mellow highlights such as "Inside of Love," "Blonde on Blonde," and "Paper Boats" somehow manage to sound sadly introspective and positively sunny at the same time, welcoming the listener to doze in their arms. Not exactly a reinvention as much as a reaffirmation of their original purpose, Let Go seems to mark a new beginning for Nada Surf.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
An excellent rainy-afternoon album, full of gentle and melancholic beauty, with echoes of Love and the Beach Boys.
Entertainment Weekly - Brian M. Raftery
A dozen near-perfect pop songs, each one teeming with joyful desperation. (A-)

A dozen near-perfect pop songs, each one teeming with joyful desperation. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • Label: Barsuk
  • UPC: 655173102923
  • Catalog Number: 31029
  • Sales rank: 63,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blizzard of '77 (2:09)
  2. 2 Happy Kid (4:10)
  3. 3 Inside of Love (4:58)
  4. 4 Fruit Fly (4:34)
  5. 5 Blonde on Blonde (4:34)
  6. 6 Hi-Speed Soul (4:39)
  7. 7 Killian's Red (6:13)
  8. 8 The Way You Wear Your Head (3:18)
  9. 9 Neither Heaven nor Space (4:40)
  10. 10 Là Pour Ça (3:18)
  11. 11 Treading Water (4:23)
  12. 12 Paper Boats (6:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nada Surf Primary Artist
Rachel Haden Harmony
Joe McGinty Keyboards
Chris Fudurich Keyboards, Recorder
Louie Lino Keyboards, Resonator
Chris Walla Voices
Technical Credits
Bryce Goggin Engineer, Amplifiers
Georgia Hubley Composer
Chris Fudurich Producer, Engineer
Louie Lino Producer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Mark Ferguson Cover Painting
Chris Walla Engineer
Juan Bautista Sánchez García Engineer, Scenery
Samuel Kirszenbaum Tray Photo
Chris Fuourich Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Blankest Year

    I’ve been hooked on Nada Surf since I saw the video for “Popular”. It’s cool to grow up with a band, as I’ve with them. Had the pleasure to see them live at Lollapalooza, and recommend them live, however, if ya can’t see em live, their albums are great too. I’d recommend them all, but especially Let Go and the Proximity Effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nada surf

    Really enjoy listening to this album. As you listen more and more, you will know that the music is better than you heard before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a masterpiece

    I am a very harsh critic when it comes to music. I hate a lot of music out there so when a great album comes around I really treasure it. "Let Go" by Nada Surf and the "The Last Broadcast" by the Doves are, for me at least, the 2 best albums to come out in the last 5 years. At first listen you definately don't realize how great Let Go is. Upon further spins it slowly digs it's hooks in both your head and heart. It does indeed affect you like a drug. I just hope I never build up a tolerance to it. If you are into music like early Radiohead, Travis or Snow Patrol then this should be in your CD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is quality listening

    I'd never heard of this group until recently. After hearing this album at a friend's house, I had to buy it. Don't know what to say except that it's a great listen, a nice balance of different styles, and somewhat wistful at times. Great melodies. Sometimes they sound like Coldplay, sometimes like Ryan Adams. I definitely recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible

    you might have vaguely guessed it, but you never could have known nada surf would be capable of an album of this magnitude. this album is incredible--it gives me chills to pull it out and listen to it. The album as a whole strikes me as mellow; there's nothing particularly hard-rocking about it. But it has a druglike soothing feel to it-- its addictiveness included.

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