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including three gold records New Found Glory, Sticks and Stones and Catalyst. On their seventh full-length release, Not Without A
Fight, New Found Glory come out swinging. From the opening notes of the first single Listen to Your Friends it is clear that the undisputed heavyweights of pop punk are back to reclaim their crowns with the infectious choruses and spirited guitars that made them champs. Taking on the timeless topics of friendship, broken hearts and the never-ending battle of the sexes, NFG pour feeling and humor into instant classics like 47 and Truck Stop Blues. Produced by Mark Hoppus (Blink 182, Motion City Soundtrack) and mixed by Neil Avron (Fall Out Boy), Not Without A Fight finds New Found Glory in rare fighting form. Contenders beware!
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Now that the band members are approaching 30 (as most of their fan base now is as well), a change was in order. And what a change it is. Returning to their pop-punk roots, NFG comes up with a great set of songs that sound as if they could have been recorded sometime between their 2002 and 2004 albums that were big hits. The first single "Listen to Your Friends" is their catchiest song in years, if not ever. Other songs rock with the same confidence and melody, such as "47" and "Don't Let Her Pull You Down." Also, "Tangled" is a great track that is classic NFG and yet sounds unlike all their other tracks. Out of twelve songs, only one song lacks a killer hook. Eleven out of twelve tracks are excellent.
No hit or miss here. This album hits the mark, resonating with a newfound vigor, a newfound purpose, and newfound energy. And the songs stick in your head for DAYS after you hear them. If you are looking for an album that not only will restore your faith in pop-punk, but melodic rock in general, pick this up. And play it loud - it will make your day.
To avoid listing most, if not all the tracks from the album, let me say it's all classic NFG, it's consistent, it's catchy, it carries all the classic themes of summer, break-ups and high school drama. In fact, you could say that this is another example of the 'NFG sound,' where the music never slows, because the band never wants you to turn down the volume. Every time I hear this album, I seem to find more of a place for it in their catalog, and come to enjoy the album that much more. So overall, NFG fans and pop punk fans are going to be all over it, and it'll certainly find a place in my stereo for the foreseeable future. So listen to your friends and buy this album!
And I can't help but think that the opening and closing song titles are statements by the band... just a guess there.
2009 is when "Not Without A Fight" came out. The album is their first from Epitaph Records. New Found Glory returns the gold mine that their first two albums brought, the only thing is that this album came back harder than their first examples of excellent tracks. Everything in this record is executed very well, the occasional shouting, the instruments, and the beat are punk rock gold rocks fans everywhere dig for. From gold to tolerable randomness to descent, they have officially come back to gold but much more like diamond.
Right Where We Left Off (5/5)
Don't Let Her Pull You Down (5/5)
Listen To Your Friends (5/5)
Truck Stop Blues (5/5)
Tangled Up (5/5)
I'll Never Love Again (5/5)
Such A Mess (5/5)
Heartless At Best (5/5)
This Isn't You (5/5)
Don't Let This Be The End (5/5)
A coincidence that the first record from a new label starts a whole new beginning for any band. I actually forgot to mention their actual first "Nothing Gold Can Stay", one album that I will be reviewing soon.
This CD delivers. It is New Found Glory true to form. It fits conceptually between "Sticks and Stones" and "Catalyst". I personally loved "Coming Home," and wouldn't have minded if that was the direction New Found Glory decided to turn for good. I liked to think of them "aging gracefully". 'Boulders' is one of my all-time favorite tracks, and that CD will always be a milestone in my eyes.
What I think when I hear "Not Without a Fight" is what a great array of albums this band is going to have accrued by the time they retire. They've all got their own stamps of individuality, and what "NWAF" offers is a conceptual set of songs that all intertwine with one another in a 36-minute web of pop-punk.
1) Right Where We Left Off - 10/10. So far my favorite song on this CD. The first 5 seconds offer a hook that will be stuck in your head for days. It's a bit darker, but the perfect way to start an album.
2) Don't Let Her Pull You Down 9/10 - This song seems to epitomize what it feels like to be driving down the highway in the middle of summer, at its hottest and most sluggish, with the windows down and the air breezing in.
3) Listen To Your Friends - 9/10. This song is the first single, and probably has the most diverse set of lyrics on the album. Reminiscent of "Hit or Miss" and "My Friends Over You." This is a song you'd lose your voice singing at a concert.
4) 47 - 8/10. Reminds me of "It's Been a Summer". I love gang vocals, but they're a bit weak on the chorus, as the band shouts, "I called 46 times!Read more ›
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Every track rocks. The best songs are so awesome it takes a couple listens to get into the other songs. the passion they have for music is clear they love what they doPublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey Sperandio
Amazing record, one of the underrated ones by NFG. Great sound on vinyl! Recommended 100%Published 20 months ago by Afner
If you don't know NFG this is as good an album as any other to start with. If you love NFG you've already got this album so move along. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This band continues to produce great album after great album. This is another solid collection of riffs and songs. Get it!Published on February 17, 2014 by Matthew Swig
Yap, it was just an ordinary album from NFG.
The sound was as per 1990's band, just sing like screaming. Average.
this is a great cd,hardcore pop and punk all mixed together. there's no
doubt that nfg is the best band(for me that is) if not the best in its genre
New Found Glory never seizes to amaze me! This jumps to #2, right after the infamous Sticks and Stones album. Not Without A Fight is true NFG. I love every song on the album.Published on December 2, 2010 by mxhammypx
With 2006's fan-disappointing Coming Home, Florida pop-punk upstarts New Found Glory made the assumption that "mature" music automatically meant slow and weepy. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Nicholas Alla Koholick
Okay, I have to admit that I never took the time to listen to New Found Glory's last two records (Catalyst & Coming Home). Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Erik B