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Radiosurgery New Found Glory | Radiosurgery
Alex Z. Name: Radiosurgery
Label: Epitaph
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review written by: Alexis Schwallier
One word can sum up Radiosurgery, the seventh full length album from New Found Glory: nostalgic. The brisk tempos they are known for are brought together with a classic nostalgia of youthful, timeless pop punk. Think about your favorite band. Next, think about your favorite album from your favorite band. Change, of course is inevitable. That favorite album may have come out eight years ago, maybe they aren't a band anymore - maybe they aren't the same band. But when you think about that album, all the memories of that time come flooding back. Radiosurgery does exactly that, oozing with nostalgia with every familiar beat. It is clear NFG have found their way back to their pop punk roots and are burning back that signature throwback sound that allowed them to make their mark. Some fans have called it too poppy and a step down from 2009's release, Not Without A Fight. The only big difference seems to be the abandonment of the bands 'hardcore' influence. Now, we are back to the classic pop punk basics similar to the likes of The Descendents, The Ramones, Green Day, Rancid, and something reminiscent of their 2000 self-titled release. The classic influences are done the NFG way, and it's safe to say, this is every bit a New Found Glory album.

On August 2nd, the band released their first single, and title track "Radiosurgery." Not knowing what to expect I braced myself for anything - the next Coming Home or the carrying of the Not Without A Fight torch. Upon first listen, I wasn't thrilled. Jordan's vocals were too flat - there was no over-excitement to be heard. Over all, there was something missing from the song. Reminiscent of early Green Day, the simple bass riffs, the slightly off key vocals from Billie Joe Armstrong a strong point, gave a reason for another listen. While Green Day can be called founders of pop punk, I wasn't expecting to be hearing a Dookie influenced side to New Found Glory. Personally, opening with "Radiosurgery" seemed like a bad choice. I wasn't excited for the album upon listening to it, and it doesn't get you ready for what is to come, the way "Right Where We Left Off" did on Not Without A Fight, or "All Downhill From Here" off of Catalyst.  Lesson learned, don't judge an album by its first song.

Halfway through "Anthem For The Unwanted" - the second track, it's apparent the rest of the album was going to deliver in your face pop punk we all expect from this band. Any doubt and disappointment gone by the end of it.

"Ready, Aim, Fire!" the fifth track off of Radiosurgery, is another reminiscent of those early punk days. At first, I couldn't pinpoint the familiarity - but upon further listen, I picked up on what it was:  the simple bass and guitar battling back and forth riff sounds vaguely like "Ruby SoHo," by Rancid, slightly influenced by The Clash. Throughout the album, it seems the Rancid influences are carried on with the backing and gang vocals. Track eight "Caught In The Act" features Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.  Her backing vocals are perfect for one of the the slowest songs off of the album.

There is a similar feel to the majority of Coming Home, which featured Sherri Dupree of Eisley on several tracks. Having a female voice wasn't out of place for the band, nor on this song. Each song flows nicely to the next, some quickly becoming favorites over others. But every one just as solid and put together as the one before it.

Over the past fourteen years, the band has changed - but have always stayed grounded. Each album was something familiar from the last, but the five some was never afraid to experiment and draw influences from what experience they were having, and the ones from the past. Radiosurgery is nothing short of what you should expect from New Found Glory. This is everything anyone could want from a New Found Glory record - nostalgic punk beats with their new-school pop punk vibe, giving you thee chord choruses begging to be sung, and melodies bound to get stuck in your head.
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