It’s been a good fall for music guys and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better. Why do I feel like this? Well, some of my favorite musicians are coming out with new music and of course one album has already come out that had me so stoked I’m pretty sure my future-self felt it. This was because a new pop punk album came out. But not just from any pop punk band, oh no, it was New Found Glory here to to save the day with their eighth and newest album: Resurrection.

Back in the day of the second wave of pop-punk there were two bands that were the kings and reigned above all the others, one being New Found Glory and the other being Blink -182. Now while Blink broke up and had all sorts of crazy side projects and constant headaches, NFG remained a band and released album after album. Now over the years New Found Glory has stepped a bit away from the sound everyone knows from the album Sticks and Stones (which had hits like “My Friends Over You“) but after their last album Radiosurgery, we see them returning to their roots.

Resurrection is definitive proof that they have returned to claim their throne once again as kings of pop punk.

I’ll admit that I was a little uneasy going into this album. Having listened to Sticks and Stones through the entirety of my adolescence (don’t judge, and don’t pretend you didn’t do it either, unless you were like six), I was certain that I wouldn’t be as into the newer album as I was their earlier work. Especially since every album afterwards, minus Catalyst, was more good than great. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that NFG brought their A-game.

New Found Glory in all their pop-punk glory (heh.)

New Found Glory in all their pop-punk glory (heh.)

The album has all the kick and energy you expect from pop-punk: hard bass and fast drums with a lead guitar part that I can only describe as “Chad Gilbert.” No one really plays guitar like Chad Gilbert. Sure, there are imitations and inspiration, but no one really is able to play in that same style which is what makes NFG so special. That and Jordan Pundik‘s voice. But it’s clear that Gilbert’s had some influence from the heavier “easy-core” bands he’s produced over the years (like A Day to Remember). Being a fan of that guitar, I thoroughly enjoyed the influence. The songs that best represent how Gilbert’s style has evolved would be “Selfless” (the albums’ first single) as well as songs like “The Worst Person” and “Persistent.”

The best thing about this album is also quite possibly also the worst about it, and that is that all of the songs on the album are good. Now I’m sure that sounds like no problem at all, but it most definitely is when having to do a review of it. I mean, when your waiter says that everything at the restaurant is good you kind of think he/she’s lying to you. The same can apply here. Sure, some songs are more standout than the rest but at the same time the other songs are still easily likable, and even the ones that sound funky at first easily grow on you.

Lyrically I’ve always loved NFG because even though some may see them as music for the teenager in all of us, their lyrics are well written and in fact very tasteful. This album is no different, which is a bit surprising since the band’s main lyricist and rhythm guitarist, Steve Klein, is no longer with them (for a multitude of reasons). However, given that the lyrics having actually grown to reflect the age of the fans they had when they started out, it feels like we’ve grown together. Maybe… because we have (poetic I know).

Let’s just cut through the whole crap cake here and get to the bottom line: Should you get this album? Well, in all honesty, if New Found Glory was never your thing then I’m not sure this is your bag, man. If you grew up with them then this album is a definite must. And for all you younger kids that listen to the bands inspired by NFG, then you need this album too. It’s fun, it rocks, and it’s catchy as can be. Make sure you’ve got your jumping shoes on when you listen because you won’t be able to help yourself.

Resurrection is available now on iTunes and local retailers (let’s be honest, iTunes saves on gas).

New Found Glory

Resurrection

Hopeless Records

7 October, 2014

 

Overall Score
96 %

A solid album that mixes a newer harsher easy-core sound with the classic pop-punk feel we know from New Found Glory.

Instrumentals 98%
Lyrics 95%
Vocals 96%

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René Rodriguez is a writer and reviewer for this lovely site. He tries to do reviews as frequently as possible but if there's something that piques his interest and he also thinks you should read it...well he'll probably review it. Mostly music and Spider-Man though.

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