Never Not Together

Nada Surf - Never Not Together
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #28 / 81
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2020 Ratings: #91
February 7, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Barsuk / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

Sonically, there's not a whole lot new here, but it's doubtful that long-time fans are looking for a reinvention of the band's sound at this point.

60
The Skinny

You want urgent, chiming, resonant guitar noises coupled with thoughtful, contemplative lyrics, sweet vocals, catchy pop hooks and what might once have been called college rock sensibility? It’s all here, in spades.

JayCrackers
48
It is pretty much run of the mill indie rock. The lyrics, the production, the vocals are all nothing new and thus creates quite a forgettable record.

Track Review

So Much Love 6/10
Come Get Me 4.5/10
Live Learn and Forget 5/10
Just Wait 4/10
Something I Should Do 5/10
Looking for You 4.5/10
Crowded Star 4.5/10
Mathilda 5/10
Ride in the Unknown 5/10

Average: 4.8/10
snowman
71
This reminds me a lot of the recent Pinegrove record. The lyrics. ambition, and grooves are extremely safe. In the beginning and middle portions of it, you will start to get a bit bored. There is nothing here that really sets it apart from other indie rock. The vocals are okay, the instrumentation is okay but sort of bland. There is a uniform sound the whole way through which really helps the cohesion. "Mathilda" is absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite songs this year!
sanfordfriedman
30
This felt like every other millennial pop album I've ever heard, it does nothing to make itself stand out. It's rare to find an album that plays it this safe.
Doublez
74
Never Not Together shows that sometimes it's better to choose what you know how to do. For Nada Surf lovers like me, especially since the 'underestimated' Let's Go (2002), you must have been satisfied because, true to himself, Matthew Caw is still capable of efficient and warm melodies, but also of writing beautiful songs, all of this accompanied by solos, riffs and generous instrumentation. On the other hand, this album is a nice introduction for those who discover the band, because there are ... read more
Scrunchface
45
Basic ass indie rock with annoying vocals. Not good
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Track List

  1. So Much Love
  2. Come Get Me
  3. Live Learn and Forget
  4. Just Wait
  5. Something I Should Do
  6. Looking for You
  7. Crowded Star
  8. Mathilda
  9. Ride in the Unknown
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