New Found Glory
Coming Home


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Coming Home is a hard pill to swallow, but it’s worth the eventual effect it will have on the listener.

New Found Glory’s fifth full length is certainly one of the most divisive albums in the band’s discography. Often dismissed as one of their weaker albums, it doesn’t exactly get the credit it deserves. While at first the album may seem underwhelming, especially to those who are used to New Found Glory’s energetic brand of pop punk, it proves to be a real grower. Much like a bitter pill to swallow, its end result is better than the initial taste it leaves in your mouth.

As the album opens with ‘Oxygen’ it’s clear the band were trying something different this time around. Like many of the songs on “Coming Home” it’s more relaxed than the band’s usual work, but it’s a rather mediocre opening that could leave a bad first impression on the listener. However, with patience there are some real gems to be found here. Some of the most memorable moments are found in the albums final three tracks. ‘When I Die’ is a catchy but poignant reflection on life, while ‘Connected’ is a song the band wrote about being away from their loved ones on tour. Unlike many songs by New Found Glory, these lyrical themes are more true to life and are likely to hit home with some, but the thirteenth track ‘Boulders’ is one of the most emotional songs the band has ever written.

Several additional musicians were involved in the recording of “Coming Home”, such as Grammy winning composer Paul Buckmaster who provided string sections on ‘When I Die’ or ‘Boulders’ or the band Eisley who helped provide backing vocals in seven of the albums tracks. The additional talent is a definite plus as it brings many songs to life. The heartfelt but depressing ‘Boulders’ is almost haunting as it’s made up of light guitars and string sections, but it’s the lyrics that truly make it a unique experience, especially for New Found Glory. The band has never been known for writing deep or meaningful lyrics, but ‘Boulders’ contains lyrics that portray the daily struggles of life.

I feel locked away with the weight of the world on my shoulders. Crushing on my head are boulders made of lies and dust, from all of us. What of the bonds we made that have started to fade? We can’t control the time but right now I’ll take what I can get out of my life. Medicate me again, so I fall away.

As much of a shock as these lyrics are for a band who usually writes songs about girls and love, they certainly don’t disappoint and ‘Boulders’ is the perfect way to close their most mature album to date. However, those looking for the more upbeat New Found Glory heard on their earlier albums, several songs on “Coming Home” aim to please those fans. ‘Hold My Hand’ or ‘Too Good To Be’ are full of the catchy hooks the band is known for and the single ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ contains some of the crispest vocals I’ve heard from Jordan Pundik. As great as the album is however it is unfortunately held back by some uninspired tracks such as the opening track or ‘Love and Pain’, but even those songs aren't terrible, they just feel bland.

With some of the band’s most impressive songs hidden at the end of the album, it’s no wonder people don’t seem to give “Coming Home” a chance. It’s not as immediate as the bands other albums, but it contains some of the most impressive songs in the bands catalogue. The final three tracks are exceptionally good and showcase maturity in not only the bands sound, but in their lyrics as well. It may not be the best album in the band’s career and it might be hard for longtime fans to digest the change in sound, but with patience it is one of the most enjoyable and unique albums they’ve put out to date.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


50354 Comments


We are destined to always have reviews next to each other

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Masked Dancers

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bjJ2iaeDiU

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn trebor that was fast lol and yeah seems that way

When I Die (another good song that shows the band's maturity):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P95H0WQDKOI


menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


16008 Comments


nice review really flows, pos

only thing id suggest change is :-

"The heartfelt but depressing ‘Boulders’ is almost haunting as it’s made up of light guitars and string sections, but it’s the lyrics that truly make it a unique experience"

The heartfelt but depressing ‘Boulders’ has a haunting backdrop of light (acoustic/overdriven) guitars and a string section, but it’s the lyrics that truly make it a unique experience"

(not heard it so dunno what type of guitars u mean)



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks menawati good point i'll edit it when i have the chance

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I spent 2 hours on it after work lol but thanks man I appreciate it

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


16008 Comments


you should review more andcas you lazy fuck, your reviews are good

Lakes.
November 26th 2012


27709 Comments


sac dna

Digging: Arthur Russell - World of Echo

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah agreed with menawati

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


16008 Comments


don't think it matters, quality shines through in the end, i mean ffs even i think they're good and i dont even like what you review and most of my contact with you has been arguing

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck the neggers I know that sucks but u should definitely review more

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2012


4424 Comments


Good to see you back Atari. POS'd.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks haha although I didn't go anywhere ;)

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man

BillTheButcher
November 27th 2012


289 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know i'm alone on this site with this opinion, but i absolutely love this album. i dont think theres a bad song on it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

glad you like it. I think some songs are just ok but some (like boulders) are fantastic

thelastsignal
November 27th 2012


1368 Comments


Great review, Atari. Love this band, this release is my least favorite, though. Pos'd.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ha thanks again man. you have any reviews coming up?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2012


28508 Comments


ugh

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


19743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what's wrong acad you hate my review?



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