Once again, Kevin Barnes gives us crystallizing glimpses of raw emotion, smothered with superfluous noise. Taken in context, this album may be his best work yet. Take it out, you might as well be blind to what you’re staring right at.
You know how every Hold Steady song begins with frontman Craig Finn telling a story over slowly building guitar riffs, before the band explodes into an epic, sing-along hook? Now imagine that minus the epic explosion. That’s Finn’s solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes in a nutshell.
Nearly two decades in the game, Nada Surf have proven that they’re solid pop songwriters, and these are truly, undeniably solid pop songs.