New Found Glory have, for the most part, been very consistent with their sound, building the foundations for "easycore" by combining heavy riffs with pop punk's pogoing and catchy choruses. This very consistency is what made the separation with founding rhythm guitarist Steve Klein as anxiety-provoking as it initially was; fortunately, Resurrection calms the nerves of anyone worried that it was all downhill from there.In a way, this album's been a decade coming. Coming Home, great as it was, got dangerously close to abandoning pop punk altogether.
Bouncing back from their first lineup change since the band formed in 1997, New Found Glory return with Resurrection, an album of triumphant pop-punk that finds the band returning with a newfound sense of focus and confidence. Written after the band's tumultuous relationship with guitarist Steve Klein led to his ejection from the group, New Found Glory sound like anything but a band recovering from a tragic loss. Revitalized and refocused, New Found Glory tackle the ugly business of parting ways with pop-punk aplomb, pouring their energy into creating the quintessential break-up record.
These Florida pop punks are best known for their peppy breakup ballads, but this year, NFG throw down. Their fiercest release to date is also their first album without guitarist and lyricist Steve Klein, who checked out in 2013. (He was later charged with lewd conduct with a minor; he has pleaded not guilty.) Their crafty wordplay of yesterday has been filed into more pointed jabs, bolstered by deliciously 2000s gang vocals.
It’s an understatement to say a lot has changed in New Found Glory since they last released a new studio album in 2011. Clearly, the biggest trauma was that of guitarist and founding member Steve Klein being removed from the band after he was charged with multiple counts of lewd conduct with a minor. It should be noted that nearly a year after his initial arraignment and “not guilty” plea, Klein has not spent any time inside a jail cell nor has he been found guilty by a judge or jury; he continues to deny the allegations and fights to clear his name.