New Found Glory
Radiosurgery


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
October 8th, 2011 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New Found Glory make a return to their former glory.

There comes a time in every pop-punk band’s career when you expect them to become defunct. By nature, music that explodes with hooks and energy yet is simple enough to be immediately catchy appeals to a younger demographic. As bands age and their audience grow with them, they seemingly have no choice but to make more mature music. That transformation can take on a multitude of different appearances – some bands simply tone down the immaturity while others completely change the kind of music they create. New Found Glory, for the better part of the past five years, has already been undergoing that awkward transition. Coming Home and Not Without A Fight saw the band trying very hard to be taken seriously, but neither of those records ended up sounding as inspired as what they had envisioned. That brings us to an alternative option, which is to resist maturity by not changing anything at all. Radiosurgery may be New Found Glory’s way of quitting on the direction of their past few outings, but if it is any indication of what gas they still have in the tank, then giving up has never sounded so sweet.

Radiosurgery brings back the infectious melodies, crisp-sounding guitars, and up tempo songwriting that made albums like Catalyst and Nothing Gold Can Stay immediately embraceable. Clear standouts like ‘Dumped’ and ‘Caught In The Act’ lend an ear back to those days, and at times it almost seems like New Found Glory gets so caught up in their own youthful memories that they begin to sound revitalized themselves. That is certainly the case during ‘Caught In The Act’, which brings a smidgen of maturity to the album’s sound with Bethany Cosentino (of Best Coast) holding down the guest vocals and nailing a short duet with front man Jordan Pundik. Perhaps the best choice New Found Glory made with Radiosurgery was to omit what has become the “obligatory ballad” that plagues nearly every punk-rock/pop album ever made. By putting out an album with eleven solid to great pop-punk anthems, the band has ensured that Radiosurgery will be all about making as many exciting, catchy-as-hell songs as possible. With memorable verses and contagious choruses moving at break neck pace, it is certainly better off for it.

Not every New Found Glory fan will be enthusiastic about this release, however. The aforementioned progressions in sound stemming from more recent works, namely Not Without A Fight, have been scrapped in favor of sugary nostalgia. Gone are the gang vocals, gritty production, and faux hardcore. Whatever traces of lyrical diversity that began to surface have disappeared to reinstate the pop-punk standard of girls, relationships, sex, and heartbreak. It is a classic return to form, which as they say, can be one man’s trash and another man’s treasure. Those who thought that New Found Glory’s attempts to write more meaningful and comprehensive music was a step in the right direction will undoubtedly be disappointed by what has transpired on Radiosurgery, despite the irrefutable surge in the overall quality of the songs.

As a whole, though, Radiosurgery should be very well received by fans across the board. It has all the enjoyable little quirks of New Found Glory's earliest material, and most of the songs have the potential to stay lodged in your brain for days. With its crystal clear production, it is difficult not to get caught up in Radiosurgery for what it is: a short and sweet pop-punk album designed to get you out of your chair and moving. For the first time in nearly seven years, they have done exactly that. In the face of increasing pressure to step forward, New Found Glory's latest stands tall as a triumphant moonwalk.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Moderator
October 8th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This goes out to all you pop-punkers who still care about bands like New Found Glory!

Digging: Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust

Tyrael
October 8th 2011


21113 Comments


Does that mean I don't have to read the review?

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 8th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolutely it does.

Tyrael
October 8th 2011


21113 Comments


I couldn't help myself... I ended up reading it anyway.

And I pos'd so hard that I hurt my finger in the process.

Ire
October 8th 2011


41948 Comments


dgaf nfg you're about 10 years too late

CasinoColumbus
October 8th 2011


340 Comments


Great review Sowing. Listened to the stream, but it never really caught my attention. Might give it a second chance though.

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 8th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys. I know this won't be for everyone, but if you are a pop-punk whore like me, you will adore it.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


7504 Comments


Solid review SS. I also grinned at the summary haha.

And hey how was the striptease?

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 9th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sparks flew. It was truly enchanting.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


7504 Comments


Haha! Also, I'll have you know that that Cities review of yours sent me hunting for Anberlin CDs all over Kuala Lumpur (where I'm living these days). Unfortunately, I had no success - believe me when I say good music is hard to come around these parts.

I miss Canada already.

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 9th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Order it online, man.



Or at least do yourself a favor and listen to Fin right now:



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





Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


7504 Comments


I don't have a credit card yet so that probably won't happen for a while. But the album is way high up on my to-buy list so I daresay I'll be listening to it sooner rather than later.

In the meantime I'll check out the link =)

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 9th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well let me know what you think when you get a chance to listen, either to the song or the album

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2011


49145 Comments


Cannot believe this band is still around

Digging: Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty

joshieboy
October 10th 2011


6036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never really listened to these guys after Catalyst came out, might check this out, nice review.

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 10th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought I outgrew them but I guess I was wrong

VikkiH
October 10th 2011


243 Comments


Zomg a cover of Blitzkrieg Bop! Very excited!

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 10th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah its not bad either

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2011


31394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

love the rating/review



regretful word choice regarding the summary



wow this is your highest rated NFG album?!

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 10th 2011


28729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the summary was my favorite part haha



and thanks!



also, yes i believe it is



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