New Found Glory – From the Screen to Your Stereo 3 (Album Review)

New Found GloryFrom the Screen to Your Stereo 3
Released: 3rd May, 2019

Lineup:

Jordan Pundik // vocals
Chad Gilbert // guitar
Cyrus Bolooki // drums
Ian Grushka // bass

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One look at New Found Glory’s latest collection of pop/punk covers and it looks like they might be trying to attract a new, younger fanbase. Selecting soundtracks from massive films of the last 10 years (Frozen, Twilight for example) but also keeping the fans that have been with the band since 1997 happy as well with some well-loved films of the 80’s. I present to you, From The Screen To Your Stereo 3.

The acoustic singalong from Pitch Perfect ‘Cups’ has been turned up a notch here and been given a pop punk makeover by New Found Glory. It sounds like the perfect intro to this collection and fits nicely as the lead in track. ‘This is Me’ confused me a little, as I initially thought this was the Demi Lovato song from Disney’s Camp Rock, but it’s actually from 2017’s The Greatest Showman. It’s a great song though, and a catchy AF rendition by the guys, but I could also have mistaken it for a NFG original.

Huey Lewis‘The Power of Love’ from the Back to the Future trilogy has finally made it on a From the Screen to Your Stereo collection. New Found Glory add their signature sound to this classic quite nicely and it’s an instant favourite. It’s definitely one of my favourite cover songs they’ve ever done (second only to ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ from Screen to Your Stereo 2). Next we have the boys cashing in on the biggest Disney movie of the last decade, Frozen, and oh god, it’s pretty cheesy, even for New Found Glory. In my completely honest opinion, ‘Let It Go’ shouldn’t have been on this album. Just listening to Jordan trying to reach Idina Menzal‘s high notes throughout is too much. However, give this to your young ones to hopefully bring out their punk side.

Thankfully, we have Shrek favourite, ‘Accidentally in Love’ to make up for hearing my least favourite cover song ever. NFG’s take on the Counting Crows is light hearted and fun, and definitely belongs on this collection. Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ isn’t as terrible to listen to as ‘Let It Go’, but it wouldn’t have been my first song choice taken from the Twilight series either. ‘A Thousand Years’ has been given an upbeat rock ballad makeover here, and I actually enjoy this more than the original. The boys finish this short collection with everyone’s favourite from the Rocky series, ‘Eye of the Tiger’, and there is no disappointment here.

New Found Glory’s third take on From the Screen to Your Stereo is an interesting collection, but it’s a pretty mediocre set of songs at best. If they’d have chosen a few more from say, the late 90’s or early 2000’s, I might not have been so harsh in this review. Despite the lack of adequate song choices though, I love New Found Glory and they’re clearly one of the best in the game when it comes to pop-punk movie song renditions, so I applaud them for their efforts.

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New Found Glory – From the Screen to Your Stereo 3 tracklisting:

  1. Cups (from Pitch Perfect)
  2. This is Me (from The Greatest Showman)
  3. The Power of Love (from Back to the Future)
  4. Let It Go (from Frozen)
  5. Accidentally in Love (from Shrek)
  6. A Thousand Years (from Twilight)
  7. Eye of the Tiger (from Rocky)

Rating: 5/10
From the Screen to Your Stereo 3
is out this Friday 3rd May via Hopeless Records. Pre-order here!
Review by Tamara May (@citylightsTAM)

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