The Weight Is a Gift [Bonus CD]

The Weight Is a Gift [Bonus CD]

by Nada Surf


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The Weight Is a Gift [Bonus CD]

Upon its reissue in 2003, Let Go had already positioned itself to be an indie rock milestone in the making for Nada Surf. They'd left the major labels behind for Barsuk's hearth and home, and remained for their fourth album, The Weight Is a Gift. The savory punk threads found on Let Go are much more relaxed this time out. The snarky, boyish charm of High/Low, which made the band a brief mainstream favorite in the mid-'90s, won't ever fade, but ten years later Nada Surf don't appear to be that interested in the angst-ridden, fashionable appeal that they once were; each member is now over 30. The Weight Is a Gift is a soothing fit for those who grew up with the band. This 11-song set calls clichés into question, challenges old convictions, and somehow makes sense of growing older without losing sight of one's youth. Looking inward isn't always an easy thing to do. Nada Surf have composed fine songs for free-thinking, analytical, and pensive individuals, without being overly complex. The result of all this experience and reflection is that Nada Surf and producer/Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla have made a great pop
ock record. It's more of an emotive affair, with soft-hued guitar layers, hushed harmonies, and frontman Matthew Caws' signature aching, bittersweet performances. From the gloomy orchestrations of "My Legs Grow" and the shiny hopes of "All Is a Game" to the more unapologetic, rollicking moments such as "Blankest Year" and "Armies Walk," the disc never loses momentum. Each song is perfectly trimmed, cut to flow without the touch of heavy production, especially "In the Mirror" and "Imaginary Friends." The Weight Is a Gift is Nada Surf's most honest and earnest record to date. [The first pressing includes a limited-edition bonus disc, complete with a special low price and a free T-shirt.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Barsuk
UPC: 0655173994627
catalogNumber: 946

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nada Surf   Primary Artist
Joe McGinty   Keyboards
Lianne Smith   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Phil Wandscher   Guitar
Ira Elliot   Drums
Daniel Lorca   Bass Guitar
Matthew Caws   Guitar,Vocals
Sean Nelson   Vocal Harmony
Louie Lino   Accordion,Keyboards
Chris Walla   Guitar,Keyboards
Coralie Clément   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Roderick   Vocal Harmony
Kenneth Earl Jankowski   Horn
Rachel Bowman   Cello

Technical Credits

Joe McGinty   Engineer
Peter Perrett   Composer
Louie Lino   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Alexandra Holden   Cover Illustration
Chris Walla   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tom Beaujour   Engineer
Fabrice Debuire   Engineer
Ben Weber   Management

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