Have you ever read a Nada Surf album review that doesn't mention 'Popular'? No, me neither. Oh well. To recap, then: after Nada Surf's 1996 giganta-hit 'Popular', they quickly disappeared from mainstream attention. Those that stuck with them, however, have witnessed a band quietly and diligently building one of the most distinguished songbooks in American jangle.

You Know Who You Are - their eighth album following a hiatus after 2012's The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy - sees the band rejuvenated. Former Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard now sounds fully assimilated, and he demonstrates much of the crisp sensibility that punctuated GBV's better late-period records, particularly 2005's Isolation Drills.

You won't hear many better opening tracks than 'Cold to See Clear' in 2016; it instantly sets the mood, and the mood is blissful. "The airwaves they took me / The radio made me... What can we do? Dream." It is a pristine salute to the transformative power of pop. But You Know Who You Are is not all sunshine - 'New Bird' examines the consequences of abandoning your parents' religion, and 'Friend Hospital' suggests a minor tragedy painted in broad lyrical strokes. This album might not do anything particularly revolutionary, but as an example of affable, nuanced power-pop, it is hard to beat.