New Found Glory – Hits

New Found Glory – Hits / 2008 Geffen / 12 Tracks / / /

New Found Glory has been around for a very long time when it comes to pop-punk bands. Individuals may have thought that the act started up in 1999, when their “Nothing Gold Can Stay” brought the world “Hit or Miss”. If individuals missed that minor hit, chances are good that they might have thought that the band started in 2002, when they again charted with their “Head On Collision”. This CD culls all of the band’s hits together into one package, save for the act’s cover of Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me”.

Considering this was their last hit, and the one that individuals would immediately associate with New Found Glory, this is a noted omission. There is only one “new” track here, with “Situations” (a track released on AbsolutePunk in June 2007 to promote the band’s appearance on the Warped Tour) starting off the disc. If individuals already have most or all of the New Found Glory songs, there is little reason to pick up this compilation.

The picture collages that are present in the liner notes may be interesting to some, but there is just not enough in the way of extra material to merit a purchase by those fans that already have everything to do with New Found Glory. The one segment of the populace that would be better off buying this CD would be those individuals that already like New Found Glory and are trying to introduce friends or family to the allure of the band. It is through this method of dissemination where the value of the disc is worth the purchase price. Further iterations of this greatest hits album would do well to go through the band’s ample catalog and find those rarities that have not been heard in the past, or live versions of each of the tracks with which the band is known. If later versions of this disc can contain that type of material, then I can see more individuals purchasing “Hits”. If not, the greatest hits aspect of the disc provides value to the album, but only to those fans that want to show someone else how great the band is, or are too lazy themselves to burn a CD of their favorite tracks. “Tip of the Iceberg” is due out in April; save your ducats on this release and purchase NFG’s new album when it is out.

Top Tracks: Dressed To Kill, Understatement

Rating: 5.8/10

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Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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