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Catalyst

New Found Glory

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Album Review

Catalyst doesn't quite graduate New Found Glory from the punk-pop rungs. From its main aesthetic thrust to the pristine mixing and production, this is a slick and durable Drive-Thru missive, micro-tweaked for maximum Warped Tour ROI. Still, the guys in NFG have been at this a while, so a little exploration is not only understandable, it's expected. To that end, Catalyst's East Coast hardcore kickoff is welcome. Even if it's more of a genre exercise than an actual song, "Intro" illustrates the band's desire to grow within its influences, as do cuts like "All Downhill from Here," which suggests the literate tack of the Alkaline Trio, or "Truth of My Youth" and "Failure's Not Flattering," where the rousing melodic jaunt of the Get Up Kids seems to be the model. (That group's James Dewees even contributes some fizzy synthesizer to "Flattering.") As studio budgets grow, so does the scope of an album's requisite power ballad, and Catalyst is no different. Violins and violas chirp urgently in the background of "I Don't Wanna Know," and late-'90s Lillith Fair hopeful Kendall Payne resurfaces with a gorgeous supporting vocal turn behind NFG frogman Jordan Pundik. It's a great track, despite limiting lyrics ("I never cared how I dressed before/But I cared that night") of the sort that plague Catalyst's entirety. Elsewhere, beyond the occasional flirtation with drum programming, more piano, and the irresistible new wave influence in late-album standout "No News Is Good News," New Found Glory stay with their old standby blend of catchy punk-pop inflected with chunkhead metal. Highlights include "This Disaster" and "Doubt Full"; best is the absolutely unstoppable revivalist romp "Your Biggest Mistake," which should rule the half-pipe hi-fi until Hurley's fall line comes out.

Customer Reviews

Pure New Found Glory

Another great album from New Found Glory. Featuring hits like "All Downhill from Here", "This Disaster", along with the usual good songs that you come to expect from New Found Glory, this album is an essential to any punk rock collection. NFG continues to combine punk and pop together with great sucess, so give this a shot. You won't be disappointed.

nfg rules!

This is by far their greatest album ever. All the songs are amazing, especially All Downhill from Here, This Disaster, Truth of My Youth, and Over the Head, Below the Knees, but buy them all anyway. Long live New Found Glory!

Great Band

I've been a long time fan, and I enjoy listening to New Found Glory so much, because it's not like any other band. It's a soothing upbeat band that can drag you out of a bad mood. I've given this idea to a lot of my friends and they have really enjoyed it so it's up to you. You really need to hear the whole song for every song on this album before you say you don't like it. Good Luck and I hope you become a fan of this album too. Last thing I'd say is buy the single Constant Static. So start listening now!

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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