March 04, 2008 - Drive-Thru
Lately, New Found Glory’s musical life has been a bit tumultuous. After releasing arguably their best album (2006’s glossy, piano-driven Coming Home), the pop-punks split from major label Geffen Records. But this stress doesn’t have any marked influence on the full-length sequel to their 2000 covers EP, From The Screen To Your Stereo. Like the former, Part II features covers of songs from movies, all stamped with NFG’s trademarks like chugging guitars, galloping tempos and Jordan Pundik’s (admittedly toned-way-down) nasally vocals. But a roster of superstar cameos (among them, Chris Carrabba, Say Anything’s Max Bemis and even Lisa Loeb reprising her role in her Reality Bites hit “Stay”), helps make Part II way better than it has any right to be. And when NFG give in to their sugary power-pop tendencies, watch out: Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking”-imagined as a duet with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump-is monstrously fun, as is a rollicking twang-punk version of Walk The Line’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” featuring Eisley’s Sherri Dupree. Plus, Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara strutting his way through the Cardigans’ “Lovefool”? Priceless.
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