Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: New Found Glory - Radiosurgery

New Found Glory are set to release their seventh full-length album, Radiosurgery, on October 4th among a wave of other pop-punk and pop-rock albums coming out that day.  If you're a fan of New Found Glory, you will (most likely) enjoy Radiosurgery.  If you are not a fan of NFG, you will not like this album.  That's the simple bottom line.  Everything we've come to expect from NFG is here: fast-paced pop-punk rock, catchy choruses, combo hardcore guitar lines from Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein that immediately punch you in the face, big hooks, and lyrics about friends and girl problems.  Sure, NFG haven't re-invented the wheel or progressed their sound in this album (which may disappoint fans hoping for the return of another Coming Home), but these are the guys who set the standard for pop-punk to begin with.  And, Radiosurgery definitely doesn't disappoint.

There are so many fantastic choruses on the album, starting with "Drill It in My Brain" followed by one of the best songs on the album, "I'm Not the One".  This song starts with Jordan Pundik's familiar nasal vocals over a rapid guitar, which blasts into the chorus with an edginess that will immediately make you want to roll your windows down and turn up the volume.  The listener is then treated to more pop-punk gems like "Ready, Aim, Fire!" and "Summer Fling, Don't Mean a Thing", which features Ian Grushka on the bass.  As I said before, Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein combine for their usual guitar crunching that keeps every song fresh and exciting.  Also, as expected, the production on this album is solid throughout the album.

It's difficult to determine where this album stands among NFG's extensive library.  I've always been partial to Sticks & Stones and Self-Titled.  The really cool thing is that most fans rate each album differently, showing a large variation in "fan favorites", which just shows the influence and sustainability of NFG.  If you want some rockin' pop-punk to listen to as you fly along the highway, windows down, then I recommend you pick this album up.  If you're a fan of NFG, then you probably already have the album pre-ordered anyway.  So, all I'll say is enjoy!

You can buy Radiosurgery on iTunes and Amazon.

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