|new nfg record
||[Mar. 11th, 2009|11:22 am]
a soldier down
"New Found Glory is a band that needs no introduction.
For many pop-punk acts that have been around as long as New Found Glory, their glory days passed long ago. They've released their one staple album in the scene and with every album afterward, they seem to get progressively worse. It gets to the point where even fans of the band are begging that they call it quits. However, with New Found Glory, each album is another breath of fresh air in a genre saturated with vocoder and neon. The band's Epitaph Records debut, Not Without a Fight, shows just how well they put their competition in a finishing headlock.
The energy filled-opener "Right Where We Left Off" should bring a sigh of relief to those who were hoping for a "return-to-form" type album. After New Found Glory's last full length, Coming Home, in 2006, many were disappointed at the change from fast, catchy, angsty pop-punk to songs with softer melodies that brought on the feeling of autumn rather than summer. Though on Not Without a Fight, it's clear that New Found Glory still haven't lost their way of creating an album with sing-a-long choruses and memorable guitar riffs that fans will love. The lead single "Listen to Your Friends" carries a "My Friends Over You"-esque hook, while "47" could serve as a Sticks & Stones b-side. "Truck Stop Blues" is the obligatory "on the road" song and "Tangled Up" features subtle guest vocals from Paramore's Hayley Williams. Both songs have a Coming Home feel to it while still being the same old New Found Glory. "I'll Never Love Again" has become one of my favorites and will be pleasing to those who were big on NFG's Tip of the Iceberg EP. "Heartless at Best" is another highlight of the album as it's one of the band's strongest songs to date. Finally, "Don't Let This Be the End" continues the cycle of New Found Glory always having a strong closing song to their records.
Lyrically, Not Without a Fight a bit cheesy at times with lines like "If I can't get to you / I'll never love again" and "Your words break me down like a wrecking ball / I'm so sick of it all." Honestly though, the expectations for lyrics on a New Found Glory record shouldn't be so high in the first place. Although they're ridden with love and relationships, they're still blatant and to the point. What I love about their lyrics are that they're relatable and never try to be something they're not. Too many bands try to come up with deep poetic lyrics that they themselves probably don't even understand, but thankfully that's something New Found Glory avoids.
As far as production goes, they couldn't have enlisted a better man than Blink-182's Mark Hoppus. Although Neal Avron would have been great for the job, he still did exceptional on mixing it. The production certainly isn't as raw as Nothing Gold Can Stay but it's nothing too over-produced; it reminds me of the sound from Self-Titled. Not Without a Fight's production is bound to be nostalgic to those who enjoyed New Found Glory in their high-school days.
All in all, New Found Glory is back in the ring with Not Without a Fight and to say that it packs a punch is an understatement. With this album, there's no need to put up a fight, because New Found Glory takes the title by default."
Originally posted at: http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=929702