New Found Glory have become stalwarts of the pop-punk/punk-rock scene. Over an illustrious seventeen years, one thing seems to never change: their ability to release unbelievably catchy tunes. Resurrection is over flowing with such tracks, yet it’s hard to put a finger on just how an album full of consistently strong tracks, manages to lull and straggle to the finishing line.
Opener Selfless is this breed of consistency and strength; the guitars, vocals and drums are typical New Found Glory. This follows suit in preceding number Resurrection, as well as Persistent, Degenerate and On My Own to name but a few. It’s not until Ready and Willing that any form of risk or bravery appears to be attempted; anthemic pop-punk in what can only be summarised as a crowd friendly chorus, this feels like New Found Glory’s humble assault on another side of the music industry.
Vicious Love also manages to make some form of striding steps forward; harking out to their self-titled release, it feels more mature, clinical and direct in its execution. Here is a rare occurrence for the drum work to really come out of its shell, and add its own expressive mark. That’s not to say it’s lacking elsewhere, rather it’s dampened against the rest of the band. After this, it’s a sparse affair where only Angel and Stubborn offer up any sort of intrigue.
Angel in particular almost belongs to their previous release, Coming Home (2006); whilst that album bottomed out after the first few tracks, here is a song that showcases the sort of growth that never paid off. At times it feels a little disjointed, but if you’re after a track that shows the bands ability to progress, this should satisfy those needs.
Even better, and the clear stand out, Stubborn proves to be the ‘what if…’ song. The guitars are rich in timbre, creating an atmosphere for the whole band to envelope themselves in. The palm muted guitars seemingly glide through the verses; whilst the vocals are wonderfully balanced, particularly throughout the chorus. It’s the breakdown that really proves the winner, as the lead guitar plays around with gnarly sounding harmonics before a ripping little solo. The million dollar question? Why has it taken eleven tracks to get to this point?
It’s fair to say then, that this is a safe record; adhering to what’s worked well previously, as opposed to taking that leap of faith. At the risk of appearing to be contradictory, Resurrection has been both enjoyable, yet is void of any real excitement. Depending on what you’re after, it may satisfy the need for another New Found Glory album, or it could quite easily do the opposite.