Popular – Nada Surf

Relatively speaking  (using Gaga as a marker) Nada Surf are a hidden gem. They produce consistently satisfying albums, if never quite sublime, and were firmly embedded into the noughtie’s popular culture stream as one of Seth Cohen’s favourite band. They’ve got a new album out but it’s worth looking through their back catalogue.

First up, Popular with a wonderfully reminiscent 90s video that oozes Election imagery and so forth:

This, I feel, is what Nada Surf do best (perhaps this is not the most subtle example): produce tongue-in-cheek tracks that are catchy and indulgent enough to root themselves into teenagers’ iPods.

Another example, their cover of OMD’s If You Leave:

It seems a little… disrespectful to highlight a cover as one of their best tracks but it’s so perfectly balanced with its emotional output it’s pretty unavoidable. There was a dry spell for Nada Surf with a fairly lacklustre album. However, check out Inside of Love and Blonde on Blonde, both outstanding pop tracks.

Their last album, Lucky was a return to form with See These Bones a highlight. Its flowing melodiousness elevated it to one of the best pop songs of 2008:

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