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Album Review

You know these guys are old-school pop-punk when "Hit or Miss" begins with the words "the needle on my record player has been wearing thin" at a time when CDs had been the dominant format for more than a decade. All kidding aside, this is a cheery but somewhat workmanlike pop-punk hybrid. There are choppy uptempo rhythms, spiky buzzing guitars, and youthful harmonies on these dozen concise, to-the-point tracks. It's not just the fact that all five of them thank their mom and dad in the liner notes that gives this major-label punk a wholesome veneer. For all the punk elements in the music, most of the songs are about girls and sticky breakups/heartbreaks/relationship snags, with some agonizing about identity and remaining true to one's ideals thrown on top. They may have a slightly snotty come-on, but they sound too optimistic, like they're having too good of a time, to seem truly dangerous. That's neither here nor there as far as determining whether the album's good, but since various bands have mined the vibe since the late '70s, you have to really do something interesting with the ingredients to make it special. New Found Glory doesn't do so in an original fashion, though the result is good-natured, and there were less likable young punk bands that could have been honored with a major-label deal in 2000.

Customer Reviews

NFG's Sophomore Success

This cd goes hand in hand with Sticks and Stones. If you liked S and S then you'll enjoy this one. Hit or Miss stands out as this cd's best song. Dressed to Kill, Eyesore, Sucker, and Second to Last stand out from the rest as the goodies. Boy crazy and Sincerely Me aren't as good but make up for it in humor. NFG fans are required to own this gem.

awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!!

Ok, I've listened to a lot of pop/punk stuff, but I gotta say, this is the best right here. New Found Glory is my favorite cd, hands down, no questions about it. The best songs are Dressed to Kill, Hit or Miss, and Sucker. You can't go wrong with NFG!

Best Pop-Punk Album Ever

I had to write a quick review to let everyone know that this is an absolute pop-punk essential. I have had this album for 6 years and still listen to it all the way through once or twice a month. This album is so catchy you can't help but dance around when you hear it. As soon as Better Off Dead blasts through your speakers you will be infected (in a good way). Pick this album up now. Do it!

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Coral Springs, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hailing from Coral Springs, Florida, punk-pop band New Found Glory were formed in mid-1997 by vocalist Jordan Pundik, bassist Ian Grushka, drummer Joe Moreno (replaced by longtime drummer Cyrus Bolooki after the band's first release), and guitarists Chad Gilbert (previously the vocalist for Shai Hulud) and Steve Klein. Having recently graduated from high school, the bandmates wasted little time amassing a cult following,...
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