Nada Surf - Lucky
Some bands are so damn unassuming that you almost miss them in the rush for the next big thing. Nada Surf are part of a slightly wonky lineage in rock music that starts with Neil Young and stretches through Paul Simon and The Cars to Buffalo Tom, Teenage Fanclub, The Dandy Warhols and Weezer, where bands effortlessly emote melodic and gently geeky guitar pop. To be fair, they’re probably not quite as good as any of those namechecked but have some considerable chops, throwing down irresistible chorus after beguiling lick. Infection and affection in one fuzzed up, blissed out bundle.