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NEW FOUND GLORY - NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT

Andrew Kelham
Andrew Kelham 9 March at 14.00
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If ‘Coming Home’ was New Found Glory acting like grown ups, ‘Not Without A Fight’ is the quintet truly grown up...

If ‘Coming Home’ was New Found Glory acting like grown ups, ‘Not Without A Fight’ is the quintet truly grown up. The former album was too idealistic and too infatuated to feel real, the latter has the gravity and weight that comes with the divorces, knock backs and trials that the band have been working through in the last few years. This, the band’s sixth album, is a document of their transition, partially from Geffen to Epitaph, but more so from love lost to back in love once more. The album has an aching lilt throughout, ‘Right Where We Left Off’ is confused and concessionary while ‘Don’t Let Her Pull You Down’ and ‘Tangled Up‘ leave little to the imagination. However, those tracks are balanced by moments like ‘47’, ‘Truck Stop Blues’ and ‘Such A Mess’ that have a tentative joy and a fragile hope running underneath. In all this the band sound incredible, each song is a thick cut of pop-punk played to perfection by a group of musicians who have taken a genre by the throat and defined it with their sound. This album has a completeness and resoluteness to it, by far the best record New Found Glory have ever created.

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