Album Review of Radiosurgery by New Found Glory.

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Radiosurgery by New Found Glory

Release Date: Oct 4, 2011
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

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Radiosurgery - Average, Based on 5 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

In the liner notes of New Found Glory’s seventh album, Radiosurgery, the band proclaims in big psychedelic letters that pop-punk's not dead. It seems like an innocuous, possibly ironic statement, but after the dominance of post-hardcore and emo, it feels more like a rallying cry. In a lot of ways, it feels like pop-punk is becoming a lost art, a rarefied ability to sugarcoat heartache rather than embellish it, and that’s exactly what New Found Glory do on this album.

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Sputnikmusic - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5

Review Summary: New Found Glory make a return to their former glory.There comes a time in every pop-punk band’s career when you expect them to become defunct. By nature, music that explodes with hooks and energy yet is simple enough to be immediately catchy appeals to a younger demographic. As bands age and their audience grow with them, they seemingly have no choice but to make more mature music.

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Consequence of Sound - 44
Based on rating C-

Not everyone can listen to New Found Glory. Some have to be in a certain mood – even the most die hard of fans. On the group’s latest effort, their seventh in fact, Radiosurgery sees the Florida-based pop-punkers attempting to brighten one’s day, even if they’re not particular scanning through the records to listen to ’em. That’s certainly admirable.

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New Musical Express (NME) - 40
Based on rating 2/5

Surely the return of [a]Blink-182[/a] should’ve been the spark that saw Lock Up Stage also-rans [a]New Found Glory[/a] explode from superfluousness. Instead, the Karl Pilkingtons of skate punk release a seventh album that advances the genre not an inch – growing pains bellowed along to ‘gnarly’ guitars and everything else that [a]Charlie Simpson[/a] made cringeworthy back in 2003. With pace set to ‘perky’, the occasionally impressive hooks of (oh yes) ‘[b]Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing[/b]’ and (oh no) ‘[b]Dumped[/b]’ merge into a glossy mud from which nothing to rival ‘[b]All The Small Things[/b]’ emerges.

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Alternative Press
Their review was positive

This review originally ran in AP 280. In medical terms, radiosurgery is a type of non-invasive surgery frequently used to treat things such as brain tumors or epilepsy. During this procedure, an über-powerful, ultra-focused dose of radiation zeroes in on the area of the brain or body affected; the ultimate goal of radiosurgery is to minimize damage to healthy tissue by only attacking the damaged area.

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