Kerrang (Magazine) - p.53
"Packed with infectious melodies and sing-along anthems..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.51
"[Y]ou can hear them finding their spark, mixing huge choruses with irrepressibly upbeat, spiky pop-punk riffs to irresistible effect."
New Found Glory: Jordan Pundik (vocals); Chad Gilbert, Steve Klein (guitar); Ian Grushka (bass); Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
Recorded at Elysian Fields Studios, Boca Raton, Florida.
Personnel: Jordan Pundik (vocals); Steve Klein , Chad Gilbert (guitar); Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
Audio Mixers: Joe Primeau; Dan Adams; Neal Avron.
Recording information: Elysian Studios, Boca Raton, FL.
This high-energy quartet performs Blink 182-style pop-punk that owes more of a sonic debt to Green Day than to first-generation types like the Buzzcocks, which means the accent here is on pop. As single-minded in their pursuit of this aesthetic as any great rock band should be, New Found Glory keep it exclusively fast and loud, never pausing for anything as transgressive as a ballad (the title of "Ballad For the Lost Romantics" notwithstanding); they don't even bother adding additional instruments to the arrangements.
The guitar-bass-drums axis reigns unchallenged throughout the album. The only adornment is consistently spot-on vocal harmonies that add just the right amount of pop tinge to New Found Glory's relentlessly hard-charging tunes.