Let Go (Nada Surf album)

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Let Go
Let go by nada surf.jpg
Studio album by Nada Surf
  • September 17, 2002 (Europe)
  • February 4, 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded 2001–2002 at Standard Electrical Recorders
Length 53:40
Label Barsuk Records
Producer Nada Surf, Chris Fudurich, Louie Lino
Nada Surf chronology
North 6th Street
(1999)North 6th Street1999
Let Go
The Weight Is a Gift
(2005)The Weight Is a Gift2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic80/100 link
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly(A-) 2/7/2003
Pitchfork Media(3.8/10) 1/23/2003
Rolling Stone4/5 stars 2/20/2003

Let Go is the third album by alternative rock band, Nada Surf. It was released on Barsuk in 2002.


The album was met with commercial success and favorable reviews. Review aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalized score of 80% based on 11 reviews. Entertainment Weekly raved, "A dozen near-perfect pop songs, each one teeming with joyful desperation". Let Go reached #31 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, and the single for "Inside of Love" reached #73 in the United Kingdom.


The album was released with at least two different track lineups, not to mention at least one variation that included bonus tracks. Aside from the track ordering, only one track differs between the two track listings given below. The track “Blonde on Blonde” was featured in the opening credits to Sommersturm (Summer Storm), and other songs from Let Go are occasionally heard in TV commercials and on more obscure radio stations. A brief snippet of "Neither Heaven Nor Space" can be heard in the opening few minutes of the 2006 documentary, The Bridge. "Inside of Love" was used in an episode of Wonderfalls, but it went unaired. The song was later used in an episode of How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill (Season 1, Episode "Hanging by a Moment") and Hawaii Five-0 and from there gained a larger following.

Track listing (U.S. version)[edit]

All songs written by Matthew Caws, Ira Elliot and Daniel Lorca.

  1. "Blizzard of '77"
  2. "Happy Kid"
  3. "Inside of Love"
  4. "Fruit Fly"
  5. "Blonde on Blonde"
  6. "Hi-Speed Soul"
  7. "Killian's Red"
  8. "The Way You Wear Your Head"
  9. "Neither Heaven nor Space"
  10. "Là Pour Ça"
  11. "Treading Water"
  12. "Paper Boats"

All songs here, included on European release.

Track listing (European version)[edit]

  1. "Blizzard of '77"
  2. "The Way You Wear Your Head"
  3. "Fruit Fly"
  4. "Blonde on Blonde"
  5. "Inside of Love"
  6. "Hi-Speed Soul"
  7. "No Quick Fix" ++
  8. "Killian's Red"
  9. "Là Pour Ça"
  10. "Happy Kid"
  11. "Treading Water"
  12. "Paper Boats"
  13. "Run" (limited edition bonus track)
  14. "Neither Heaven Nor Space" (limited edition bonus track)
  15. "End Credits" (limited edition bonus track)

++ Only available on the European release.