Never Not Together

Nada Surf - Never Not Together
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #293 / 603
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2020 Ratings: #755
February 7, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Barsuk / Label
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It's beautifully thoughtful and fantastically ambitious.


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.


Never Not Together is their first album in quite a while where the band seem fully engaged with the material.

Louder Than War
Nada Surf push their power pop into more elaborate waters with sprawling ninth album.
Spectrum Culture

With Never Not Together, they recapture their slot as one of the best unsung indie rock bands around.

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.

Never Not Together is their ninth album of literate, idiosyncratic power pop, ploughed from a furrow between Fountains of Wayne and The Posies.

Nothing much of substance here, and not a lot of memorable moments. I seriously can't remember a lot from it, and it pains me to say that this isn't the record for me.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: So Much Love, Come Get Me, Live Learn and Forget, Mathilda, Ride in the Unkown
LEAST FAV: Looking for You, Just Wait, Something I Should Do, Crowded Star
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
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!
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
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.
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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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Added on: November 20, 2019