Never Look Back (Goldfinger album)

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Never Look Back
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 4, 2020 [1]
Genre Ska punk [2]
Label Big Noise
Goldfinger chronology
The Knife
Never Look Back
Singles from Never Look Back
  1. "Wallflower [3] "
    Released: October 9, 2020

Never Look Back is the eighth studio album by American ska punk band Goldfinger, released on December 4, 2020. It marks the return of original guitarist Charlie Paulson, who joins the previous album's line-up of guitarist/vocalist and founding member John Feldmann, lead guitarist Philip Sneed (Story of the Year), bassist Mike Herrera (MxPx, Mike Herrera's Tumbledown) and drummer Nick Gross. [4] [5] It is also their first album via Feldmann's own Big Noise Records. [5]


The album cover features the same woman seen at the cover of their 1996 debut. [4]

Track listing

2."The City"3:19
4."California on My Mind"2:50
5."Nothing to Me"1:51
6."Good Guy"2:35
7."The Best Life"3:22
8."Careful What You Wish For" (featuring Monique Powell)2:51
10."Golden Days"3:03
12."Standing on the Beach"3:05
Total length:33:28 [1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Hysteria Magazine7 [7]

Simon Valentine from Wall of Sound gave the album maximum score and finished his review by saying: "Honestly, after a brutal year Never Look Back has been a warm surprise from one of my favourite bands of late, and after a few repeated listens I think Goldfinger have shown excellent timing with one of the standout releases of 2020." [2]

John Longbottom, from Kerrang! , noted that "musically, there's [...] just high-energy, feel-good punk rock that's as sure of itself as you'd expect from a band with 25-plus years under their belt. From turbo-charged, fist-pumping opener Infinite, to horn-laden, hands-in-the-air anthem The Best Life, all the component parts of a 24-carat Goldfinger record are present and accounted for." He gave it a score of 4/5 and finished his review saying that "ultimately, whichever way you cut it, Never Look Back encapsulates everything great about Goldfinger". [4]

Writing for Distorted Sound Mag, Jack Fermor-Worrell said "the final result is a joyous release that, while not perfect, manages to both throw back to the band's classic days and still avoiding sounding overly dated or tired. [...] Never Look Back is a second home-run in a row for GOLDFINGER, and one fans of the anything pop-punk, ska-based or otherwise, are sure to find enjoyment in." [6]

Jessica Deanne J from Hysteria Magazine commented that "it's nice that Goldfinger have kept their light, cheeky and youthful sound in Never Look Back, after being a band together for over twenty years." [7]


Credits adapted from sources. [2] [5]

Additional musicians

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