Published Oct 03, 2014New Found Glory have, for the most part, been very consistent with their sound, building the foundations for "easycore" by combining heavy riffs with pop punk's pogoing and catchy choruses. This very consistency is what made the separation with founding rhythm guitarist Steve Klein as anxiety-provoking as it initially was; fortunately, Resurrection calms the nerves of anyone worried that it was all downhill from there.
In a way, this album's been a decade coming. Coming Home, great as it was, got dangerously close to abandoning pop punk altogether. Meanwhile, Not Without a Fight and Radiosurgery found themselves weighed down at either end of the band's spectrum, the former overly riffy at the expense of poppy hooks that the latter depended on a bit too much. Now, a decade after Catalyst, the band have once again found their sweet spot.
"Stories of a Different Kind" could come from New Found Glory's self-titled record, with its vivacity surpassed only by the kind of songwriting tenacity that is learned with time. Proving they benefited from age are "One More Round" and "Degenerate," which could easily join "Selfless" and "Ready and Willing" as sing-along singles. Meanwhile, on "Stubborn," Anthony Raneri's easily recognizable voice temporarily transforms NFG into Bayside, to great effect.
However, the best part of this Resurrection is the auditory proof that, although Nothing Gold Can Stay, New Found Glory aren't going anywhere. (Hopeless)