New Found Glory is a rock band with a considerably impressive talent for pumping out energetic and enjoyable pop punk songs album after album. Ever since their self-titled sophomore punk rock gem in 2000, New Found Glory has consistently given fans infectious and easy-going listening experiences with the release of each new record. Jordan Pundik’s nasally vocals capture the spirit of punk rock at its finest while catchy guitar hooks and upbeat drumming set the poppy and simultaneously edgy tone, making the final product is a highly polished and fun pop punk force to be reckoned with. And despite a slight dip in quality and overall appeal with Not Without A Fight, New Found Glory returns to form with the release of their seventh album, Radiosurgery. The band’s newest release doesn’t break new ground, nor does it come close to the pinnacle of their greatest work. Pundik is still singing about young love and heartbreak and New Found Glory’s sound hasn’t matured into anything profound, but Radiosurgery is yet another catchy and ultimately enjoyable pop punk joyride that sets the bar high for their peers.
New Found Glory kicks off their seventh album with the title track “Radiosurgery,” which immediately sets the upbeat rhythm and spunky mood for the rest of the record. Chad Gilbert’s scratchy electric guitar combines with Cyrus Bolooki’s frenetic drumming and the subtle hooks of Steve Klein’s rhythm guitar and Ian Grushka’s smooth bass to enhance the punk rock vibes given off by Pundik’s whiny (but still enjoyable) vocals. Like most of New Found Glory’s song catalogue, there isn’t much here lyrically or emotionally, but “Radiosurgery” serves as yet another example of how much light-hearted fun can be found in this band’s tried and true pop punk recipe.
Narrowing down the best track of an album with so many catchy choruses is incredibly difficult, but “I’m Not The One” separates itself from the pack with one of the most memorable of Radiosurgery. Pundik’s vocals are at their most appealing, the constant chugging and peppy drum beat serve give this stellar track its heart and the story told about falling into love and lust with the irresistable wrong person is entertaining and relatable.
The vast majority of New Found Glory’s songs are about young love that likely hasn’t grown out of immature, teenage roots, which would explain why they remain so appealing to the younger punk rock crowd so many years later. “Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing” is yet another memorable entry in this band’s catalogue of songs about this increasingly stale topic, but credit Pundik and company for continuing to find ways to make the subject interesting and fresh almost every time. This track is a good indication of the sing-along nature of New Found Glory’s music and adds another highlight to the already enjoyable journey of Radiosurgery.
Radiosurgery is pretty much what everyone has come to expect from New Found Glory these days: nothing groundbreaking or profound, but at the very least, a fresh dose of pop punk magic. The subject of the band’s songwriting hasn’t changed much over the years, but they keep finding ways to create new and catchy songs that lend to their enduring influence on the genre. Radiosurgery picks up the slack left over from Not Without A Fight and sets New Found Glory back on pace as one of the dominant acts in the pop punk scene. Pundik’s nasally vocals are as equally rebellious as they are endearing and the rest of the band still hasn’t lost its touch in crafting engaging and energetic songs meant for anyone to enjoy. Fans of The Starting Line, Yellowcard, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard, Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals, MxPx, Blink 182 and Sum 41 are likely familiar with the enjoyable formula that this group has perfected. So even though Radiosurgery isn’t New Found Glory’s best work, it’s another entertaining and exciting chapter in their history.
Final Score: 7.8/10
Rank: 4th (seven total albums)
- Anthem For The Unwanted
- Drill It In My Brain
- I’m Not The One
- Ready, Aim, Fire!
- Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing
- Caught In The Act
- Memories And Battle Scars
- Map Of Your Body