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New Found Glory


By Scott McLennan
Globe Correspondent / October 4, 2011

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One of these days, the right guy will get the right girl in a New Found Glory song. Until then, New Found Glory will keep blasting out jeeped-up pop-punk gems like this. On “Radiosurgery,’’ its seventh album, New Found Glory flaunts the chemistry brewed over the 14 years that these five Floridians have been together. Guitarists Chad Gilbert and Steve Klein maneuver speedy melodies around singer Jordan Pundik’s tales of love and loss, while drummer Cyrus Bolooki and bassist Ian Grushka propel the band. New Found Glory is at its best when sounding highly caffeinated, even if breakneck tempos belie a song’s blue mood. On “Radiosurgery,’’ the band is relentless. The title track cleverly begs for a tune to displace the memories of a breakup. “Drill It in My Brain’’ is a tangled mess of relationship rights and wrongs, all made palatable with a cool pop swagger and murky keyboard riff. Images of bloodied lips and broken ribs turn “Memories and Battle Scars’’ unsettling. And the band draws a nice punk-rock-to-doo-wop connection on “Map of Your Body.’’ (Out today)

ESSENTIAL “Radiosurgery’’

New Found Glory performs at the House of Blues on Oct. 27.