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New Found Glory

New Found Glory: HitsHits (2008)
Universal Music Group

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While a greatest hits compilation for a band always seems rather unnecessary, the fact that aside from, say "My Friends Over You" and "Hit or Miss," New Found Glory never really had hits per se renders their record of the same name a similar futility...unless, of course, there are some contractual o.
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While a greatest hits compilation for a band always seems rather unnecessary, the fact that aside from, say "My Friends Over You" and "Hit or Miss," New Found Glory never really had hits per se renders their record of the same name a similar futility...unless, of course, there are some contractual obligations that needed fulfillment. But while no example of New Found Glory's glossy pop-punk bravado ever actually reached #1, they've clearly managed to write and record a number of enjoyable songs over the years, whether applied with the guilty pleasure tag or not.

Hits opens with "Situations," which was recorded around the same time as their 2006 snoozefest, Coming Home. Luckily, it's far better than the entirety of that album, with a bounce and vigor that was largely vacant there. The record then transitions to New Found Glory's eponymous major label debut with "Hit or Miss (Waited Too Long)" and the fantastic (no, seriously) "Dressed to Kill." This was easily the band's best era, but unfortunately there really isn't any other arguable "hits" from that album. Plus, the band hand-picked all the songs, after all.

The listener is then guided through the rest of the band's career with snippets off each following album. Sticks & Stones bears "My Friends Over You," "Head on Collision" (which seems thankfully less balladic than when initially released) and the picker-upper "Understatement." The superior Catalyst offers "All Downhill from Here," "I Don't Wanna Know" -- which dulls the momentum a bit -- and "Failure's Not Flattering." "It's Not Your Fault" and "Hold My Hand" represent Coming Home, and while repeated listens have made them continuously less cringeworthy, they pale terribly in comparison to the other songs on the album. 2004 eMusic single "Constant Static" is the last rarity offered up, and it wraps up things in a sufficiently catchy fashion.

While the need for its existence might be questioned by fans (and not just punk purists), Hits is an apt overview of New Found Glory's career thus far, as much as it ignores the band's pre-MCA days and extensive catalog of covers.

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Situations
My Friends Over You
Hold My Hand

 

 
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NFGPunx (September 27, 2012)

Best album ever!

XCARLUPANDDIEX (March 29, 2008)

3 stars . because the NFG hit singles were good.

655321 (March 28, 2008)

Sickboi has really brought up a good topic of discussion. Somebody needs to elaborate more on this "hardcore following" of NFG!

My girlfriend is a huge fan of NFG, in which case, she listens to them often. I have never heard anything that sounds hardcore-ish in any of there songs. What is hardcore about singing about kissing a girl on the swing set during recess, really? (a little sarcasm, I'm not actually referencing a particular song). Yet, when I went to one of their show's with her, there were, in fact, big, neck-tattooed dudes punching 14 year old girls in the face.

Somebody please enlighten me with the detail!

paulrulzdood (March 28, 2008)

tenwestchaser, that is correct, however, I think if you consider the fact that NFG were teenagers when they wrote "nothing gold can stay" it's actually a pretty solid album. put it in the late 90's context and the fact that they were kids, it's a pretty nice debut, but they certainly eclipsed it with each release thereafter.

Sickboi, yea, the only hardcore kids that listen to NFG do so because of the Chad thing and the semi-hardcore breakdowns NFG put in their songs. Same appeal the Movielife has to hardcore kids for example, it's pop punk with hardcore breakdowns here and there. I personally love NFG but think hardcore sucks balls. It's great when you're a testoserone laden angry teen but now that I'm 27, it just sounds like macho-man randy savage yelling at me over the same chuga chuga riff over and over. I can't even listen to Sick of it All anymore and I thoguht they were the tits 10 years ago.

Paul

fallingupwards84 (March 28, 2008)

kind of a high score for such a roughly put together compilation

sickboi (March 28, 2008)

Someone answer me this...what's up with all the hardcore kids being into NFG? I mean, I understand the whole Chad/Shai Hulud connection (as limited as it was), but is that it?

-chris

tenwestchaser (March 27, 2008)

Nothing Gold Can Stay was NOT good. In fact, worst thing they ever released. The production made the music sound like a cat pissing on a paper bag.

paulrulzdood (March 27, 2008)

NFG kick ass, ya'll are a bunch of punk ass haters.

Paul

shitlips (March 27, 2008)

This band sucks and has always sucked. Oh and will always suck. What a bad representation of South Florida.

TommyPickles (March 26, 2008)

Hits? Are you fucking kidding me.

IAmJetBlack (March 26, 2008)

"hit or miss is from "nothing gold can stay" originally...but they wanted to cash in on it just like plain white t's so put it on another album"

This coming from a Face to Face fan.......

brett-nola (March 26, 2008)

I tried listening to an old NFG mix CD the other day and it was pretty much a waste of time.

'Nothing Gold' had 5 or 6 songs that sounded good in 1998 for some reason or another. Everything after that is just a shameless ploy to sell records to 13 year olds.

One out of five possible beards.

paulrulzdood (March 26, 2008)

one of my favorite bands, but this release is totally pointless, I've had "constant static" for years and "situations" was available for free download last summer. The only reason to buy this would be for a fair introduction to the band or the liner notes. But really, if you want an introduction tot he band, just go buy the self-titled album, it still stands up after 8 years as their most consistent album (although sticks and stones and catalyst are also really good). Nothing Gold Can Stay is a great debut for a teenage band, but it really sucks compared to the rest of their cataloge.

Paul

William_Jess (March 26, 2008)

Score is for how much much this band sucks.

incetardis (March 26, 2008)

it's kinda funny, how most people bash "coming home". i think it's one of their best albums. sure, it has a different mood than the others - but there are still A LOT good songs on it. and this record HAS staying power. i still listen to it all the time.

the hits compilation... i don't care. with all their b-sides (4 alone for coming home), they could have easily made a b-sides album... which i would have bought. but this? come on.

LooseKanonYankee (March 26, 2008)

I love NFG, put this is just Geffen trying to squeeze the last couple bucks they can out of NFG. The band parted ways with Geffen like a year ago.

colin (March 26, 2008)

i used to love (a) new found glory but they've always struck me as a band with no staying power. they could have released the EP, nothing gold, the covers EP and the s/t and had some sort of 'legacy' as a prominent mainstream pop punk band in the post-blink era. however all the releases since the s/t have been nothing but a few catchy riffs that remind us all of what the band was, and moreso signs that they oughta call it quits.

i've been to some really fun shows when these guys have been playing and there's something to be said for being a naive teenager and their music is a for the fact. but if they were to have a real "greatest hits" it would be half the songs off each their first three albums and nothing else. even then it's just popcorn music, but this is sort of ridiculous.

holy_balls (March 26, 2008)

I remember in 2001, I was listening to their s/t CD on my computer really loud and my dad came in the room and started dancing. That pretty much killed the band for me. After that, I don't think I listened to them on my own ever again.

Autosuggestion (March 26, 2008)

the fact that aside from, say "My Friends Over You" and "Hit or Miss," New Found Glory never really had hits per se renders their record of the same name a similar futility

I'm certainly not one to defend the existence of a "greatest hits" record, but your statement above isn't really accurate. It struck me as being off, and so after a quick three minute investigation, I'm here to say that a number of these other songs (All Downhill From Hill, Head On Collision, Failure's Not Flattering) were all ranked fairly highly on American modern rock charts and Billboard, etc. Virtually all of the songs on this collection were released as singles and pushed on major rock radio and had videos on MTV, so it is not as if NFG got together and picked their favorite songs (though maybe their favorite songs became the singles). In fact, as an individual hit goes, while people on the org may remember it better (namely because Orgers probably stopped paying attention to this band in 2002 or so, I know that is the last time I bought an album of theirs), but there are easily five or six songs that were higher on the charts than Hit or Miss.

Dudley_Shale (March 26, 2008)

Greatest Shits?

scorpiondeathlock (March 26, 2008)

this band sucks now, but the score is for the catchiness of that song "sucker"...madness.

timorous_me (March 26, 2008)

Oh, and I've mentioned this before but I don't see why, with all the releases that come out now, that Drive-Thru doesn't put out a remastered/remixed version of "Nothing Gold Can Stay." It's such a good album but I know so many people who were turned off of it because of the quality. They could make the volume more in tune with the others, add "Certain" and the original, pre self-titled versions of "Second to Last" and "Eyesore" to the track list, and maybe a dvd.

timorous_me (March 26, 2008)

hit or miss is from "nothing gold can stay" originally...but they wanted to cash in on it just like plain white t's so put it on another album

Lots of bands do this, though. Bad Religion comes to mind with "21st Century Digital Boy."

Big_Guy (March 25, 2008)

"Their s/t rules. I still listen to it today. I remember my mom objecting to it at first because it had a pile of condoms on the front, haha."

haha, I've had that album pretty much since it came out and I just saw the condoms on the cover a few weeks ago.

your mom must have a great eye

MsJustinChris (March 25, 2008)

I remember sitting around listening to Dressed to Kill back in 10th grade. That was awesome.

Trauma16 (March 25, 2008)

I still dig that song "Dressed to kill"

facetofacereunion08 (March 25, 2008)

hit or miss is from "nothing gold can stay" originally...but they wanted to cash in on it just like plain white t's so put it on another album

billnye (March 25, 2008)

haha to the guy who actually paid for this

iruineverything (March 25, 2008)

The "rare and never before seen" photos included in the booklet are the size of thumbnail and are completely pointless. The hand scribed notes from Chad must have taken him 9 minutes to write, proofread and submit.

Totally half assed. Steal the 2 rare songs off the internet and forget this ever happened.

DickAround (March 25, 2008)

Faaaaag.

That album is awesome. No hate here. Score's for the self titled.

skaboom (March 25, 2008)

Their s/t rules. I still listen to it today. I remember my mom objecting to it at first because it had a pile of condoms on the front, haha.

...shut up, I was 13 or something.

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