New Found Glory

From the Screen to Your Stereo, Vol. 3

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Closing a trilogy started almost two decades ago, Florida pop-punk vets New Found Glory deliver their covers collection From the Screen to Your Stereo, Vol. 3. Arriving two years after their ninth proper full-length, 2017's Makes Me Sick, this EP is the shortest of the trio. With seven songs that span cultural generations, NFG mine their childhoods with '80s gems such as Huey Lewis & the News' "The Power of Love" (from Back to the Future) and Survivor's oft-covered "Eye of the Tiger" from Rocky III. The most nostalgic of the bunch, they burst with the energy of a much younger band. NFG press fast-forward on the VCR and skip past the '90s, briefly stepping into 2004 for their take on Counting Crows' "Accidentally in Love" from Shrek 2. Much like "This Is Me," these covers almost sound like NFG originals, highlighting the band's ability to mold each song into their own recognizable style. In addition to that Greatest Showman number, NFG keep the majority of Vol. 3 firmly in the 2010s: "Cups" from Pitch Perfect receives a rollicking makeover that ramps up the emo-punk yearning, while Christina Perri's 2011 wedding classic from Twilight, "A Thousand Years," is reimagined as a soaring, arena-sized rock anthem. Indeed, every track here is well-executed and immensely fun, but it's their version of Frozen's "Let It Go" that really makes the collection worthwhile. Seizing the cathartic and triumphant spirit of the Disney classic, the band blast it sky high upon driving riffs, pummeling drums, and an impressive Idina Menzel-worthy high note that frontman Jordan Pundik manages to nail at the end. As crowd-pleasing as their first volume from way back in 2000, From the Screen to Your Stereo, Vol. 3 is pure joy for nostalgic diehards and pop culture fans.

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