New Found Glory: Not Without a Fight

Released: March 10, 2009

I know this band just released their new album “Resurrection” which I am loving and the readers may want a review of over this one but, I have only listened to it 2 or 3 times and I don’t like to review an album until I have listened to it several times. That way I get a good feel for the album and am able to give it a justified review rather than a first listen impression which always changes. So, on to “Not Without a Fight”.

“Not Without a Fight” was the follow-up to the bands 2006 album “Coming Home” which demonstrated more of an alternative rock sound rather than the pop-punk sound the band is known for. With this album the band returned to a more pop-punk sound with catchy lyrics backed by punchy instrumentals. One thing I was excited for about this album was the fact that blink-182 bassist, Mark Hoppus was the producer and we all know how great of a musician he is.

The album starts with three great songs; “Right Where We Left Off”, an energetic song about picking up the pieces and continuing on,  “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down”, a song about not allowing a partner to pull you down, and “Listen To Your Friends” which keeps on the same topic talking about how your friends have your back and sometimes we get blinded by a new love interest when we should be listening to our friends.

For the most part the album is about not going down “Without a Fight” and how sometimes things aren’t meant to be. This can further be demonstrated on the tracks “Tangled Up” and “This Is The End”. This album showed a return to the pop-punk sound but still had the alternative-like sound from the previous album. The songs are catchy and fun. While this isn’t the bands best album, it is for sure a good one.

Score: 8.8


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