Lucky (Nada Surf album)

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Nada Surf Lucky.jpg
Studio album by Nada Surf
Released February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05)
Recorded March - August 2007 at the Robert Lang Studios, in Seattle
Genre Alternative rock, Indie rock
Length 42:35
Label Barsuk
Producer John Goodmanson & Tom Beaujour
Nada Surf chronology
The Weight Is a Gift
(2005)The Weight Is a Gift2005
If I Had A Hi-Fi
(2010)If I Had A Hi-Fi2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100 link
Review scores
Source Rating (92%) link
The Album Project 5/5 stars link
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Crawdaddy! (favorable) link
NME (7/10) link
Time Off 4.5/5 stars link
Slant 4/5 stars link

Lucky is the fifth album by alternative rock band Nada Surf. It was released on Barsuk in 2008.


Frontman Matthew Caws said, "I feel like it is a pretty heavy record, and that is a product of John Goodmanson, the guy who made it because even the songs that were even moderately rocking – now that they are mixed and mastered, they feel like they are really kickin’ even when they are relatively quiet, so that’s thanks to him. I think it is a little heavier than Let Go, but it’s not as heavy as The Proximity Effect."[1]


In 2007, the band issued a statement asking for testimonies revolving around the word "Lucky", in order to include them to the album artwork.


The album was met with moderate success and favorable reviews. Lucky reached #82 on the Billboard 200. The single, "See These Bones", was listed by The Times as one of London's Best Songs of 2008, and described it as "2008's most overpoweringly propulsive and gloriously euphoric song".[2]


The song "See These Bones" premiered on the Anti-Hit List Podcast on October 20, 2007.[3] Due to a misquotation of Matthew Caws, the album was first expected to be called Time for Plan A.

The album was released on February 4, 2008 in Europe; February 5, 2008 in the US, Canada and Australia; and February 18, 2008 in the UK and Japan. The original pressing includes a 4-song bonus disc.

The song "Weightless" was featured on the television show Heroes, "See These Bones" was featured on the show One Tree Hill, "The Fox" was featured on the show The Riches, and "Beautiful Beat" was featured on the show How I Met Your Mother.

The song "I Like What You Say" was featured in the 2006 film John Tucker Must Die. It was re-recorded with more heavily distorted guitars as well as vocal and time changes for the John Tucker Must Die soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca and Ira Elliot, except where noted.

  1. "See These Bones" 5:10
  2. "Whose Authority" 3:01
  3. "Beautiful Beat" 4:38
  4. "Here Goes Something" 2:05
  5. "Weightless" 3:32
  6. "Are You Lightning?" 5:23
  7. "I Like What You Say" 3:08
  8. "From Now On" 2:35
  9. "Ice on the Wing" 3:48
  10. "The Fox" 5:40
  11. "The Film Did Not Go 'Round" (Greg Peterson) 3:46

The release in France includes an additional track: "Je t'attendais".

Track listing for bonus disc

  1. "Whose Authority" (acoustic)
  2. "I Like What You Say" (acoustic)
  3. "I Wanna Take You Home"
  4. "Everyone's on Tour"

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Henderson, Steve. "Nada Surf - 10.16.07". Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ "Anti-Hit List - Oct. 20". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 

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