New Found Glory Releases Eighth Album, Resurrection
Earlier this past October, pop-punk band New Found Glory released their eighth studio album, titled Resurrection, without me knowing about it. Growing up, NFG was my go-to pop-punk rock band, and I think we all went through a stage in middle school where they were just the coolest band. Their 2004 release, Catalyst, exploded them into mainstream popularity with hits like “All Downhill From Here”. For most of us, NFG slowly crept out of our lives, as their futures releases started to flat-line, and NFG fell curse to the disease of constancy (when all their music starts to sound too similar). With their release of Not Without a Fight in 2009, New Found Glory showed us some semblance of what may or may not have turned out to be their “new sound; an updated style of heavy-pop-punk, if you will. In some ways, it was really as if the band went through some of their older songs, played them in drop-C, and added one half-step breakdown for each song. Overall, I enjoyed that release, but I digress… Now to the album at-hand:
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Not too long ago, New Found Glory dropped their eighth studio album, further expanding their already-numerous discography. The album, Resurrection, as a whole proved to be an enjoyable play through. Going into the piece, I honestly was not at all sure what to expect. Due to the departure of their lead guitarist and lyricist, Steve Klein, and the band’s signing with a new independent record label, I figured that it was going to be a refreshing new sound. Leaving Epitaph Records to align themselves with Hopeless Records—a label that I have been reasonably happy with lately—I was hoping for something a little more creative than was produced.
Starting off the album, “Selfless”, sounds like a track they simply forgot to include in their 2004 album release, Catalyst. Don’t get me wrong- the song is still great because of that very reason (Catalyst was one of their most interesting releases, in my opinion) but when it’s a band like New Found Glory and you’re looking for growth, having such a throwback-sounding opening track sets you up for disappointment.
Lyrically, the album is about on point with previous New Found Glory tracks. Songs like “The Worst Person”, “Stubborn”, and “Persistent” are completely reminiscent of New Found Glory’s direct, calling-you-out discourse. While I will be the first to admit that they do not put out the most technical, thought-provoking lyrics, they do serve to contribute to their upbeat and care-free signature style and sound.
One track off the album that took me by surprise was “Stories of a Different Kind”. A little more on the punk side, this track has a slightly different sound from the rest of the tracks on the album. It does indeed include the aforementioned mandatory upbeat half-step breakdown, but it has a different tone when thrown in the middle of this song, because of the punk-inspired drum and guitar lines that surround it.
There is one final track on the album that I believe deserves an honorable mention. The half-way point of the album includes a song that is a refreshing combination of some of New Found Glory’s older sounds and their newer heavier pop punk niche. The song, “Persistent”, maintains that middle school lyrical presence but accompanies it with more updated instrumentals. A beefy guitar track and full, simple drums to accentuate it provide a catchy background for what would otherwise be a generally boring song. Before the song ends there’s also a very short, mellowed-out bridge that leads us into the song’s final chorus; this is something New Found Glory used to do all the time and have since strayed away from with their last few releases. In the case of this album, it was actually nice to see again!
Overall, Resurrection was just a fairly mediocre album for me. I would encourage other New Found Glory fans to give it a listen, given that I may be admittedly hung up in their older punk infused sound. As I mentioned earlier, it is definitely an album I would encourage others to give a listen, but I can’t see it making any big waves for the band, especially considering their recent lack of presence in the mainstream pop punk scene. In their attempt to make a stamp on the music scene and prove their relevance, check it out for yourself, and see if New Found Glory was able to “resurrect” themselves with this release.