Nada Surf – The Proximity Effect

Second ill-fated album from New York indie crew

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After a freak MTV hit with “Popular” from their 1996 debut, Elektra refused to release Nada Surf’s second album on the grounds that it failed to include a follow-up single. Belatedly made available on Heavenly, which last year released the band’s third album, Let Go, the stupidity of that decision is now revealed. An album of genre-hopping alt.rock full of firecracker melodies and heart-stopping hooks, it’s not quite a lost classic, but it presses most of the right buttons and demands to be heard.

And to think Elektra was once the most respected, artist-friendly label in the world.

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