The Weight Is a Gift

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September 16, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Once heirs to Weezer’s geek-rock throne with the mid-’90s hit ”Popular,” the New York trio Nada Surf have turned to O.C.-ready slacker romanticism. Their fourth CD boasts the same lo-fi jangle and lush fuzz as 2003’s Let Go, but Matthew Caw’s cool detachment can border on boring. His plaintive croon on ”Comes a Time” plods along with deliberately delicate strums like Death Cab on autopilot. Only when he explodes into a yelp can we fully bask in Surf’s splendor.

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