Nada Surf have managed to squeeze in several lives over the course of almost two decades together. They’ve been called one-hit wonders, sophomore slumpers, dead-and-goners, and have emerged relatively unscathed to find themselves in the year 2012.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that guitarist-vocalist Matthew Caws knows his way around a pop hook or two. And while Nada Surf’s 1996 debut LP High/Low fit perfectly with the times, and their single “Popular” essentially became a parody of the self-loathing ’90s, the New York trio more than made up for it with the pristine pop found on later releases, most notably 2005’s near-perfect The Weight Is a Gift.
The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy may be a mouthful to say, but the contents within are straight to the point—10 songs, no filler, that won’t necessarily knock you out of your seat, but rather leave you wanting to lean back and stay a while.
At the end of the day Nada Surf aren’t particularly sexy or easy to compartmentalize. They’ve simply survived on their songs. Then again, at the end of the day a great pop song is all you need. — Paste