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Catalyst
     

Catalyst

4.8 75
by New Found Glory
 

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Catalyst doesn't quite graduate New Found Glory from the punk-pop rungs. From its main aesthetic thrust to the pristine mixing and production, this is a slick and durable Drive-Thru missive, micro-tweaked for maximum Warped Tour ROI. Still, the guys in NFG have been at this a while, so a little exploration is not only understandable, it's expected. To that end,

Overview

Catalyst doesn't quite graduate New Found Glory from the punk-pop rungs. From its main aesthetic thrust to the pristine mixing and production, this is a slick and durable Drive-Thru missive, micro-tweaked for maximum Warped Tour ROI. Still, the guys in NFG have been at this a while, so a little exploration is not only understandable, it's expected. To that end, Catalyst's East Coast hardcore kickoff is welcome. Even if it's more of a genre exercise than an actual song, "Intro" illustrates the band's desire to grow within its influences, as do cuts like "All Downhill from Here," which suggests the literate tack of the Alkaline Trio, or "Truth of My Youth" and "Failure's Not Flattering," where the rousing melodic jaunt of the Get Up Kids seems to be the model. (That group's James Dewees even contributes some fizzy synthesizer to "Flattering.") As studio budgets grow, so does the scope of an album's requisite power ballad, and Catalyst is no different. Violins and violas chirp urgently in the background of "I Don't Wanna Know," and late-'90s Lillith Fair hopeful Kendall Payne resurfaces with a gorgeous supporting vocal turn behind NFG frogman Jordan Pundik. It's a great track, despite limiting lyrics ("I never cared how I dressed before/But I cared that night") of the sort that plague Catalyst's entirety. Elsewhere, beyond the occasional flirtation with drum programming, more piano, and the irresistible new wave influence in late-album standout "No News Is Good News," New Found Glory stay with their old standby blend of catchy punk-pop inflected with chunkhead metal. Highlights include "This Disaster" and "Doubt Full"; best is the absolutely unstoppable revivalist romp "Your Biggest Mistake," which should rule the half-pipe hi-fi until Hurley's fall line comes out.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Kirk Miller
The band's extra effort shows, giving its pop glory some newfound energy.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2007
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498624333
catalogNumber:
9862433

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Found Glory   Primary Artist
Neal Avron   Keyboards
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Debra Byrd   Background Vocals
David Campbell   Viola
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Freddy Cricien   Background Vocals
Andrew Jackson & The Cyc Choir   Background Vocals
Tony Wilkins   Background Vocals
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Kendall Payne   Background Vocals
James Dewees   Keyboards
Cyrus Bolooki   Drums,Group Member
Chad Gilbert   Guitar,Group Member
Jordan Pundik   Vocals,Group Member
Ian Grushka   Bass,Group Member
Steve Klein   Guitar,Group Member
Toby Morse   Background Vocals
Riley Avron   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neal Avron   Producer,Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Joel Derouin   String Arrangements
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
New Found Glory   Composer
Steve Looker   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
NFG   Artwork,Art Direction
Walter Rice   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician

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Catalyst 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This just might be the best NFG album yet!! I loved the intro!! It shows a side of the guys that we're not used to hearing... their versatility and ability to give the fans something new every time. Great harmonies and lyrics make this a must have cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catalyst is the new and improved album by a talented, kick @$$ band--New Found Glory. This album shows that the band's sound has matured and is still changing throughout the six albums since their first E.P. This album is slightly heavier than the last, but does not change the trademark NFG sound they've always had and always will have. Most importantly, New Found Glory has not lost its brilliance throughout the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truely think Catalyst is one NFG's best albums. The lyrics are honest and true and the melodies are irresistable. Once you start listening to this album, it is hard to stop. This is a must have album, even if you aren't a die-hard NFG fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catalyst just continues New Found Glory's streak of excellence that the fans love. This cd is full of sing along punk tunes that you can't get out of your head. Another production from a band of talented guys that know what they want to do, and do it well. This band is so much more than just being able to pop out singles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is so rad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a New Found Glory fan for 3 years, and their albums have all been really good. But lucky for all of you, Catalyst, their newest album shows New Found Glory's best work yet. So if your looking for a great Punk-rock album pick this one up, and don't forget about the album's that made them what they are today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is amazing they have always taken their albums to the next step but this is definately it New Found Glory is one of the greatest bands and they prove it with each and every one of their albums!
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay well i think that by now we all know if we are fans of nfg or not, so if you are already a fan of nfg buy this cd already!!!!!! now catalyst isnt anything ground breaking or anything but it is a good album. its a lot heavier than the bands 2002 relase sticks and sones... the biggest surpise on this cd is the mini solos and it and the new lyrics thems... dont worry they still wrote a lot of spngs about loce heart break and all that stuff that nfg is known for... but they also wrote a poiltical song called "no news is good news" about materialism and how we all are addicted to the news... and a song about not being able to sleep called "id kill to call asleep" which is a kind of funny song too... the worst part of this cd are the two ballads. i love jordans voice but he cant sing slow songs. the song ending in tragedy isnt that good because jordans voice doesnt sound good with the slower song. the other balladi dont wanna know is a lot better!!!!! the song failures not flattering and over the heas below the knees are the best songs on this ablum... like i said before if u are a nfg fan u will like this cd. although its in my oppion that NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY will always be the best nfg cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that Catalyst, is one of the best albums that New Found Glory has produced since they formed. It was very up beat songs and along with that slow, emotional songs. Both of which seem to be New Found Glory's strong points for themselves. I recommend that if you have heard New Found Glory's music before and thought that it was okay, but weren't really a fan, u should listen/purchase this album and listen to it nonstop. That proves how awesome this album really is. Also if you have never heard of New Found Glory, you still should purchase this. I don't need to say anything about the NFG Fans because they all probably have had their copy for a while. So, yes definitely an awesome album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the new CD & omg is it sooo good! Catalyst is a great song but there are soo many other sweet songs on the CD. I really loved their "I Don't Wanna Know" Track, it's slow but soo good!I would definitly recommened this CD to anyone. If you liked the before you will love them now! If you haven't heard them before this will get you hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this cd tops all of New Found Glory's other albums. the songs are much better and the guitars and drums combine together to make every song a hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NFG's new cd, catalyst, is their best yet. it totally rocks, from start to finish. u cant listen to it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
New Found Glory never ceases to amaze me! Right when I thought it couldn't get any better after Sticks and Stones, Catalyst comes out and rocked my world. It's an amazing cd to kick off the summer with--definitely a must have for the cd collection! If you enjoy Nothing Gold Can Stay and the self titled album, you'll love this one too! Now go out and buy it to see for yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catalyst if New Found Glory's best CD yet. I know it is hard to belioeve but it is true. They have a some original sounds but you can still tell they're New Found Glory. This CD Rocks. GO OUT AND BUY ONE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be NFG best record ever! They have to work very hard to do better next time. I suggest that ever take the time a support and listen to Catalyst the best cd of 2004!
Guest More than 1 year ago
full of feel good tunes, one of those albums u can listen to over and over again and never get bored
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great CD to folllow Sticks and Stones.. for fans of the new Punk sound this is an awesome CD.. The killer tracks are Truth of my Youth and Failures not Flattering.. All downhill from here(there first single).. is also an awesome song.. I have read reviews that this CD mixes 80's metal with emo Punk.. and I would have to agree.. But to me thats an awesome mix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. Powerful lyrics and powerful guitar riffs. A must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
New found glory rings out hit after hit in their newest punk pop album Catalyst. The CD consists of amazing songs from begning to end. This CD is truely one of 2004's biggest monster hits!! I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys a blend of punk, rock, and pop! The guitars, drums, and vocals flow together like one big symphony! It is truely a master piece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great; I can't take it out of my player. It can fit every mood and is filled with great music. The sounds are still innovative as always, and they're undoubtedly the best punk band out there today. Their music always seems to have a lasting impact on the music scene, and hopefully the splash made by this CD will reach a big audience. Check it out, it's well worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! this cd is probably their best to date. it's full of catchy tunes and amazing lyrics. steve is a genius when it comes to writing. it is a great summer cd, you can drive with your windows down blasting it. everyone should buy it! old fans wont be disappointed and newer fans will love it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
New Found Glory really brought out their meanings in this CD and it turned out great. All the kids I hang around with say it's probrably the best CD they've heard this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I m a hugggeee punk rock fan and this album is my favorite to hit the racks this year! new found glory's debut was a good cd but you can tell {{one catalyst}} how much they have grown in music they have amazzzing lyrics that the world can relate too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i,ve been listening to it all morning and it's definetely the best album i've heard in a long time. it takes a while to get used to but after hearing it a few times i'm still heraing things i didn't the first time round. best tracks: all down hill from here, your biggest mistake