New Found Glory, based in Florida and fronted by vocalist Jordan Pundik and guitarists Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein, was among the most successful purveyors
of punk-pop at the turn of the century. After the
EP It's All About the Girls (Fiddler, 1997), they establish their
credentials with the catchy tunes of Nothing Gold Can Stay (Eulogy, 1999). Unfortunately, A New Found Glory (MCA, 2000) failed to sustain the
pace of the debut. On the other hand, the mediocre
Sticks and Stones (2002) featured the hit My Friends Over You,
and consequently Catalyst (2004) catapulted New Found Glory to the top
of the sale charts, thanks in part to the ballad I Don't Wanna Know.
The piano-driven Coming Home (2006), with Oxygen and It's Not Your Fault, marked a resurrection of sort, because at least it presented
a mature melodic sound.
From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II (2007) is a collection of
Not Without A Fight (2009) was mostly routine, with the frontman
focusing a bit too much on his life's story and too little on the
originality of his music. It's mostly dejavu of the sort that appeals only
to people who listen to little music.
If you don't fall asleep, Radiosurgery (2011) is the exact same
punk-pop that was around in the 1980s; and even then it wasn't exactly
groundbreaking. At least it's a brief album with no filler.
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