I don't understand why the attitude around here is that pop punk is for kids only and its basically musically inferior to anything else. Yes, pop punk kids can be incredibly annoying. But I don't understand how the so-called "maturity" (whatever that means) of an album like Coming Home, which I consider to be incredibly boring, automatically makes it objectively superior to pop punk albums. I mean I'm not soley a pop punk kid, I love alt rock in the vein of Coming Home and I consider NFG to be my favorite band, but I find Coming Home to be pretty unbearably boring.
edit: I mean I totally understand that power-chord pop punk is musically inferior to a lot of other genres but I don't get how making a slow alt rock album like Coming Home is "progression." There wasn't any superior musicianship than NFG's classic brand of pop punk on that album.
I can't really respond without sounding like an asshole so my apologies in advance.
I used to love pop punk as a teen but when you turn 21, or hell- 25, if you still are as passionate about pop punk as you were when you were 15- then you need to grow up and listen to something more musically ambitious. I still chill to some pop punk once in a while but I can't listen to half the pop punk jams I used to without cringing or not hearing how dated some songs have become.
I'm not saying that people should stop listening to pop punk when they grow up (I'm just saying that there's more musically satisfying stuff out there IMO) but I do hate how people shun records like Coming Home and Lights & Sound cause its not pop punk. It's fucking tragic those records couldn't be appreciated cause fans wanted the same old pop punk songs that don't stack up in comparison in my eyes.
I'm typing this pretty tore up from the after parties so hopefully this makes sense.