Change can be one of the hardest things we will ever go through. Changing jobs/professions, changing relationships or even changing the way we go about our daily routine can lead to stress and many pitfalls. New Found Glory has definitely changed the brand’s songwriting and pop-punk style in favor of an elegant pop-based sound. back home. While some have argued that this change wasn’t for the better, there are still many fans who point to this record as a turning point in the band’s career that showed NFG wasn’t a single pony. The band had just come out of a grueling promotion cycle of nearly two years for their latest album, catalystBefore you want to relax and breathe a little. Co-produced by the band and Tom Pannunzio, the songwriting and lead demo was completed in Malibu, California in a large house known as the Morning View Mansion. While this isolation could have resulted in darker-toned material, the band has instead embraced that freedom with some of their best songwriting to date, filled with lush vocals and vibrant guitar parts. back home Geffen Records was nearly buried far out of the gate, and the band only had one radio single backing in “It’s Not Your Fault” to show off their efforts. This album seems to divide many fans. While some, including myself, referred to this record as the best version of New Found Glory, others couldn’t get over how different the sound was from their previous recordings of fully embracing it. The new interest in back home It was recently released with the album’s first vinyl release, and that has led to more ongoing conversations about this true gem of a recording.
New Found Glory proved a far cry from “just another pop punk band.” Instead, they’ve proven that they can adapt to different styles and write some of their best material to date back home. “Hold My Hand” took advantage of keyboards added to its sound to make another clear choice for a second single if Geffen Records chose to present back home Appropriate commercial payment. It’s Not Your Fault expands on this keyboard-based approach with some of Jordan Bondick’s career’s best vocals with slow-build verse all leading to a crowd-pleasing chorus. The video song He threw a lot of fans away because the band sounded more serious, not their usual high energy, until the latest closing tapes that showed the band on stage rocking with fans. I found this to be a strange choice in marketing the new song. If the band had come out saying “Hold Your Hands” or even the theme song with a more vocal video based on the performance, would the recording have been more successful? It’s really hard to say.
My personal favorite of the group comes in the pop tune “On My Mind”. It features more superb Pundik vocals layered around Chad Gilbert and his bandmates’ backing vocals to deliver a song with a lush sound that would have performed well in today’s proper pop markets. More somber songs like “Make Your Move” feature some great beats on guitar by Gilbert, and drums/rhythm on the spot from Cyrus Bolooki to bring out the sound that New Found Glory was going here. Medium-tempo ripper such as “Taken Back By You” and largely acoustic guitar-based “Too Good To Be” has still found its way into the band’s episodic live lineup thus far, showcasing the enhanced depth of songwriting tracks.
“Love and Pain” is a song that could have easily found its way into previous NFG recordings because it has some loud guitar parts and an NFG-type chorus with long lyrical prompts. “Familiar Landscape” is the only song that really feels like they were trying to go down the rabbit hole of mid-tempo songs on purpose to supplement their musical repertoire. I found the second verse particularly powerful as they navigated with, “You feel so misplaced / Your world is built to fall apart / You wish and pray / Every day, it works / And it leaves me with this empty feeling / I just can’t take it anymore / What do you want” From me? / What do you want from me? / What do you want from my life?” It is as if the band is speaking directly to their fandom at the same time as they are telling their story through their music.
“When I Die” is another one of those great pop songs that has a lot of label backing to take it to the next level, with its all-encompassing orchestral instruments, to make it sound simply awesome. “Connected” is another great song from New Found Glory that ties together the best parts of the sound the band has been working on back home, while still sticking to their roots in pop punk music. One interesting thing that I noticed while doing my research on this album is that the album’s Wikipedia page still says it’s one of Drew Beringer’s favorite songs coming out that year, so ok for Drew for his greatness recognition in 2006 too.
my fondest memories back home They talk to the band themselves about their great achievement and calculated risk in releasing this album when their popularity seemed to be at an all-time high after catalyst. All my life I couldn’t understand why old fans of New Found Glory refer to this album as a “renunciation” of their wonderful voice. I felt like this was the real version of the band coming through the speakers and it made me realize how talented these musicians are. The band knew, at the time of their meeting, that they were going to be dropped by one of the major brands, but they took it all in stride and found themselves at a crossroads trying to figure out what their fans wanted from them. By changing their approach to songwriting, back home It became one of those albums with so much mystery surrounding it that even more seasoned fans can still look back on fondly, even if they don’t appreciate what they had sixteen years ago.
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