Even two decades after their prime, a new New Found Glory record is a meaningful event. The band just dropped their tenth record, Forever And Ever x Infinity. I's a big 15-song album that features the band's pension for crafting pop punk melodies, working in unconventional lyrics into their music, and their undeniable chemistry that they've built up while being a band for a quarter of a century.
There's not a ton of different stuff from New Found Glory album to album, and that's okay. About a decade ago they reintroduced some of their hardcore roots and threw in some screaming into their music, but what they were doing was really never that far away from that in the first place. What NFG does well remains the exceptional songwriting done by Chad Gilbert. Somehow his writing ability remains overlooked. Fans of the genre know, but the amount of great songs that he's written over his tenure in New Found Glory is impressive. Jordan Pundik is the other key element to New Found Glory's success. New Found Glory has sprouted up hundreds of bands in their run that can call them as influences and in that time, there's been nobody that sounds or sings like Pundik. The work of Ian Grushka and Cyrus Bolooki can't be discredited either. The bass work from Grushka has always been exceptional and Bolooki has been a beast on drums for New Found Glory during for almost their entire run too.
These 15 songs feature plenty of highlights, "Same Side Sitters", "Shook By Your Shaved Head", and "Greatest Of All Time" are probably the personal favorites on this record but there's plenty here to go through and plenty more for unique tastes to find theirs.
New Found Glory's tenth record is solid, as expected. They've been doing this for years and they're still putting out great music, original and otherwise.