A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy
Released : Oct. 8th , 2013
Genre : Metalcore
1. City of Ocala
2. Right Back At It Again
3. Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail
4. Dead & Buried
5. Best of Me
6. I’m Already Gone
7. Violence (Enough Is Enough)
8. Life @ 11
9. I Surrender
10. Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way
11. End Of Me
12. The Document Speaks For Itself
13. I Remember
A Day To Remember are a band that have worked to get to the top where they now reside in the metal core infused pop punk community. Without a label though and releasing this album on their own is this record a success or are we seeing the slow decline of A Day To Remember?
ADTR have always have multiple sounds for their songs. Some are straight pop punk songs, others lean more towards the metal core side of it with breakdowns and clean singing chorus’, and the soft rock ballads almost. This album pretty much splits into three infused parts between all sides of their sound.
“Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail”, “Dead & Buried”, and “Violence (Enough Is Enough)” showcase the heavier side of the album. All songs contain the breakdowns and fast rhymed screams you’ve come to expect from a ADTR. It’s something they’ve done for so long now that it is easy to almost perfect it. The fastest song on the record though falls to “Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way” which takes itself up to a faster speed than most ADTR songs usually have come to.
“City of Ocala”, “Right Back At It Again”, and “Best Of Me” display their pop punk side. Faster songs with catchy hooks and riffs along with inspirational lyrics. Speaking of lyrics they also make sure to talk about their lawsuit and separation from Victory Records during their songs. The ballads part of the album featuring songs like “I’m Already Gone” and “I Surrender” are by far the weakest part. There just isn’t much to go with listening to them and they feel extremely out of place. The album can go from a faster catchy song to a slow ballad and it kills the moment for the album.
Overall though A Day To Remember really stepped it up with most of this album. Even with the lackluster ballads ADTR once again prove that no matter how large and popular they become they can still put out some good music.