Album Review

New Found Glory - Resurrection

Released October 7, 2014
Lisa Sanchez
Pop-punk mainstays New Found Glory recently released their eighth studio album, Resurrection. In their 17-year career, NFG have asserted themselves as framers of the late 90s pop-punk movement. They have offered confessional and catchy songs from one genre wave to the next and continue their bouncy tirade with their latest album.
Resurrection marks the first line up change since New Found Glory's 1997 It's All About the Girls. The band announced in December of 2013 that guitarist Steve Klein was no longer a member of the band due to "personal differences". The announcement came the same day Klein was arraigned on multiple felony charges including lewd contact with a minor. New Found Glory intended to find a replacement to restore the ensemble to its five-piece status, but by March of 2014 the remaining members decided to continue as a quartet.
Considering Klein was NFG's main lyric writer, Resurrection had big shoes to fill in his absence. But, singer Jordan Pundik, guitarist Chad Gilbert, and bassist Ian Brushka joined forces to create the lyrics for Resurrection and the change is tangible. The lyrics retain their confessional quality that NFG is known for, but resonate with a more mature attitude. Even with the pop-punk veneer, Resurrection has an air of defiance and even a little bitterness.
"Selfless", "The Worst Person","One More Round", and "Persistent" pack in the chunky riffs and call up NFG's solid gang vocals and infectious rhythms. It's refreshing to hear the band deal with the implications of an adult relationship, the fear of failure, and the resentment of those who have left you all with the upbeat tempo that makes Resurrection kick in with the 13-year-old punk kid inside of all of us. The band has stated that all of their material comes from personal experience, whether positive or negative. With that kind of formula, it's hard to throw something that doesn't stick.
Unfortunately, Resurrection dips about midway through with "Vicious Love" and just flat lines, with the exception of "Degenerate", the most pop-punk song of 2014. It's like if MxPx's Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo met your mother in 1999 and they had passionate, slightly awkward sex while listening to Blink 182's Dude Ranch. It's catchy, energetic, and a little self-deprecating while remaining unseemly happy. "Stubborn" also deserves an honorable mention toward the end of the album. Which is like if your dad went bowling with Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American.
Considering the longevity of NFG's career, they've proven they've still got something to say and it's age appropriate for a band that's got almost two decades worth of material under their collective belts. Resurrection has some must-plays and some must-skip songs. But, it's definitely worth a listen and possibly even a buy. Resurrection is an album made for die-hard pop-punk fans (if such a person exists) and NFG lifers who have been about The Glory since 1999. You can't go wrong with four dudes jumping up and down while singing about love, loss, and getting older. We can all relate to that.