New Found Glory
From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II


2.0
poor

Review

by Robby Roark (The Sludge) USER (26 Reviews)
September 18th, 2007 | 35 replies | 10,814 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New Found Glory starts to sound like Old Lost Glory as they leave us to remember the Glory days.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Oh the mighty have fallen. In 2000, New Found Glory released what many fans believed was their greatest effort to date following their debut, Nothing Gold Can Stay. From The Screen to Your Stereo was a near perfect collection of memorable reworked songs with a concept in mind, giving a selection of songs from the big screen and twisting them into pop punk tunes. The formula was simple, enjoyable and displayed a wide range of song catalog choices, while managing to only have 8 tracks.

Somehow over the years New Found Glory has fallen off the pop punk pedistool. Maybe it was the worst NFG impression I've heard when they released Catalyst, or alienating many of the fans they had left when they "reinvented" their sound with Coming Home. It seemed like the perfect idea once the band were downsized from their major label to return to FTSTYS original home, Drive-Thru records.

Jordan Pundik's vocals can sometimes be a hard swallow at times, due to his over nasally high pitched vocal chords. Pundik's voice is usually at it's best when he doesn't try to over do it, like he has been in recent times. Sadly, he isn't giving those pipes a rest. There are a few too many moments when Pundik ventures off into it's own planet. Love Fool (Romeo + Juliet) had potential to transfer a decent cover, but the chorus vocals begs to differ, as it can lead to serious cringworthy moments. It's already hard enough to cover an original Bob Dylan song, but why put it in the hands of these guys. It Ain't Me Babe (Walk The Line) took the wrong approach to start off with by trying to keep a country undertone while mildly keeping it upbeat, not to mention the out of pitch vocals that was slapped on. It just really seemed like a wrong song choice to boot.

As for the sound, though the production seemed well crafted, I just really sensed that the instrumental transfers for most of these songs aren't too thought out. Lead Guitarist Chad Gilbert lacks any real effort to give depth to these songs. The rest of the band doesn't seem to be interested in this idea of a sequel as well, (aside for a few shining moments for Cyrus Bolooki on drums). Iris (City Of Angels) seems like the most likely choice for a movie themed cover due to it's wild success and likeability. Not only is the Goo Goo Dolls song better, this version is so uneven that it doesn't want to decide whether it is fast paced or sentimentally soft. Terrible cover song on what had the most potential. What could be the worst cover in recent times, Don't You Forget About Me (The Breakfast Club), is just a complete mess. Pundik sounds uncharasmatically under toned to a hard riffed melody that is the most detached from the original Simple Minds cover. There are better versions out there, don't waste your time here.

When worst comes to worst, bring in the cameos! Plenty of cameos can be heard here from some of today’s most popular pop-punk acts. Patrick Stump, Chris Carrabba, Max Bemis and many more join the NFG crew on ruining movie classics. Actually most of the guest appearances are an improvement. Chris Carrabba of the Dashboard Confessional fame does nice back up to Pundik as their voices blend nicely on The Promise (Napoleon Dynamite). Adam Lazzarra (Taking Back Sunday) has his own verse on Love Fool, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) adds back up flavor on The King Of Wishful Thinking (Pretty Woman), each adding their own flavor while not being over done. But as much respect as I have for Max Beemis(Say Anything), there is nothing about him that screams New Found Glory back up. Which is why he doesn't fit singing on "Crazy For You" (Vision Quest).

Though there are a few salvageable tracks out of this uneven mess, but not enough to warrant any kind of recommendation. Kiss Me (She's All That) follows the original song formula perfectly to the traditional New Found Glory style. As well as the most interesting cover of Head Over Heals (Donnie Darko), where the elements that failed before hand, somehow worked for a well done closer. Everything else in between is just a "listen at your own risk basis."

I guess the nostalgia has worn off this time around, though it has come as a big surprise to me. Maybe my hopes were too high when I learned a sequel was on the way. Or it could be that this is nearly that bad. The lack of heart is what I gathered from this album. The multiple guest appearances are basically quick selling points, though they are welcome with open arms.My mother always taught me that "What's not worth doing right, isn't worth doing at all." Here's to hoping for Eye Of The Tiger cover for the trilogy, if it makes it that far.

The Sludge's: Thumb Up's
Head Over Heals
Kiss Me
The Promise



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The Sludge
September 18th 2007



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Tis my first new release ever. But for now I must leave Sputnik for some time due to internet issues.

*fwap*


This Message Edited On 09.18.07

lunchforthesky
September 18th 2007



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review. I'd say a 2.5. There are some real horror shows like the Dylan cover but at the same time lovefool, kiss me and Iris are are pretty fun. Mainly because of the quality of the original.

PhoenixRising
September 18th 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"New Found Glory starts to sound like Old Lost Glory as they leave us to remember the Glory days."

Terrible.

Otherwise, good review for a VERY poor album.

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2007



6073 Comments


There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this album. Even 'Lovefool,' 'Kiss Me,' and 'Iris' are horrible.

Ire
September 18th 2007



41453 Comments


I liked it
Kiss Me and Iris are pretty good.

lunchforthesky
September 18th 2007



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this album. Even 'Lovefool,' 'Kiss Me,' and 'Iris' are horrible.


Honestly? I thought Kiss Me was actually pretty well done. Even if it's in the minority.


Otisbum
September 18th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Kiss Me was okay, but they completely butchered Iris.

Willie
Moderator
September 18th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've bought every release they've put out including DVD's... but this one won't see my money.

Good review.

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Concubine
September 19th 2007



333 Comments


Awful

Kiss Me was alright tho

TheStarclassicTreatment
December 5th 2007



2909 Comments


Kiss Me is good but Iris is fantastic.

nwel20nwel
September 19th 2008



25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i liked
the king of wishful thinking


Willie
Moderator
September 19th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Willie Talking Out His Ass: I've bought every release they've put out
including DVD's... but this one won't see my money.
Did I mention that I lied?
I ended up buying it, but it was used at least.This Message Edited On 09.19.08

AaronKhera
October 13th 2008



30 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In my opinion, this is an awesome album. I don't get why everyone hates it so much :S

BlackLlama
October 20th 2011



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, a lot of negativity for this album. When I'm having a bad day I put this one on for sing a long fun. King of Wishful thinking stands out, that and Stay are EXCELLENT covers. (also, there's a Japanese pressing with Hungry Eyes on it as well, another killer song.

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Storm In A Teacup
June 26th 2012



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Promise cover is omg/

Storm In A Teacup
March 8th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

From their instruments to my ears and then I popped a boner.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013



18570 Comments


i actually haven't heard this just a couple of the songs

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nononsense
March 8th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My least favorite NFG album

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013



18570 Comments


damn

nononsense
March 8th 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

And I love NFG.



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