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Throwback Music Thursday #1: New Found Glory "Coming Home" Album Review by yamaagni

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Throwback Music Thursday #1: New Found Glory "Coming Home" Album Review
New Found Glory

For anyone who remembers this band I think the first thought that will come to mind is a somewhat goofy pop-punk that fit in real well in the era of Blink 182 etc.
They were a group who had a few songs that I liked but nothing too crazy so when I saw this album coming out I figured I would like the single and maybe if I was lucky one more song; boy was I wrong!
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This album is nothing like any of NFG's previous albums and they haven't made one like this since. It has a lot more mature tone to it and edges more on pop ballads then the previous pop punk efforts they put forth.
This concept alone is something that could have led to a total disaster but luckily they had a secret weapon through the executive producer of the album.

Enter Thom Panunzio. After hearing a rough draft of the album he reached out to NFG wanting to producer their album. They of course accepted, after all Thom started his career working with John Lennon and has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and many more. I remember listening to this album [over and over] and wondering how they came to have such a different sound, so reading that they worked with a new producer, especially one like Thom, really made sense. 

Personally I think another big influence on the direction they took may have something to do with the fact that they started working on this album right after a lengthy tour with Green Day. Green Day had recently gained a new audience with their "American Idiot" album which was often described as being in the Rock Opera sub-genre. I think Green Day  attaining commercial and critical acclaim from this album probably had a bit of influence of NFG's new sound.

The final influence that I would feel silly leaving out is the fact that the group was maturing!  A lot of the lyrics focus on issues within relationships such as being away on tour, and longing to be home with their loved ones, hence the title of the album. 

The album opener "Oxygen" is a great intro because it sounds a lot like their older stuff [with heavier guitars] but introduces their more ballad type vocals and lyrics. It rolls right into what I think it one of the best songs off the album "Hold My Hand" which really sets the tone for the album. It's a very upbeat song that makes you want to do a little shimmy and smile much like "Coming Home" . Other stand outs for me would be "It's Not Your Fault", "On My Mind", "Make Your Move", "Too Good To Be", and "Familiar Landscapes" which are slower, sometimes darker content.

If you look up reviews for this album you will see a couple reviewers really tear into it [they really seemed to think this was going to be more like old NFG stuff from what I read] and a bunch of glowing reviews on the new direction NFG took. Let me know if this is an album you were already aware of and what you thought of it. If you weren't aware of this album and like myself enjoy pop/punk and groups like Bayside,Snow Patrol, Eve 6 etc. do yourself a favor and check it out, and if you feel like it let me know what you thought of it!
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