A Day to Remember
What Separates Me From You


2.0
poor

Review

by maxmousemm2000 USER (1 Reviews)
November 16th, 2010 | 30 replies | 6,421 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Day To Remember is now just a token of what was, and that sometimes you have to "grow up" and move on.

A Day To Remember's fifth full length album What Separates Me From You, shows that maybe it's time for A Day To Remember to hang 'em up. Running short of musical ideas, this cd caters towards a more radio friendly brand of pop punk, with sporadic harsh vocals outside of tracks Sticks & Bricks, and 2nd sucks the latter being a track void of any clean vocals whatsoever. The problem with the direction they have moved towards over the years is that they seem to be incapable of writing consistently good pop punk songs.

On the first track Sticks & Bricks you are immediately are greeted with with a breakdown and Jeremy's screamed vocals. In this instance, the listener is met with breakdown after breakdown, with only a lifeless clean vocal chorus to interrupt the breakdown barrage. This song doesn't work because the structure is like "Hey, I think we could use another breakdown here guys junjunjun." Instead of using a more cohesive mix of pop punk and metalcore, A Day To Remember seems insistent on crafting songs towards either end of the spectrum, and they continue in not succeeding with this idea.

The main problem with this album is when A Day To Remember decide to go full bore into pop punk territory. Songs like All I Want and It's complicated lay the groundwork with slow paced, infantile riffs, and drumming that is really just there without purpose. The faults of these songs are magnified by breakdowns that serve no purpose other than "To Be Heavy." Oh don't think the repetitiveness would go unnoticed; oh certainly not, for A Day To Remember wants to make sure you hear their choruses. The main thing about these are that there is no "hook" or anything memorable about them, and repeating them often enough will not make you want to sing them out loud.

In what is the strongest song here, You Be Tails, I'll be Sonic, show that A Day To Remember still have something left in them. With Jeremy's strongest screams, ones that actually seem to have emotion behind them, with unflashy riffs, and a smooth double bass backing. The chorus here is actually not too bad, as there is no fake pretense that the chorus needs to be "catchy," it works because it's honest, with the lyrics:

"I still wish you the best of luck baby
And don't go thinking this was a waste of time
I couldnt forget you if I tried
You killed what was left of the good in me
I'm tired so let me be broken
Look down at the mess that's infront of me
No other words may be spoken
And I've got nobody else to blame though I tried
Kept all of my past mistakes down inside
I'll live with regret for my whole life"

Sure those are pretty cheesy lyrics, but as a chorus that functions not to be memorable, but to function as a part of a song, make them work out just fine. In what may be the "heaviest" breakdown on the record the listener is reminded of what happens when A Day To Remember crafts a song that allows a breakdown to be hard hitting, and not just a breakdown for ***s n gigs. The chorus after this works as well, since it's unobtrusive in nature. The listener is then met with a a mediocre bridgedown which leads to the chorus, and finally to a guitar solo, which unimpressive as a stand alone, is a strong way to finish this song.


Lyric wise A Day To Remember produce some rather unimpressive choices, such as the chorus in Better Off This Way singing:

"When you fall I'll be the only one who looks away.
When you call I'll be the first to tell you I can't stay
It's all over I've found a better way
To help keep you from me.
I'm better off this way."

There are a few other gag worthy sections, but in all the lyrics are the least of the problem, as it's the bare bones instruments, Jeremy's wholly unimpressive vocals, or A Day To Remember's failure to craft catchy, and memorable pop punk, while generally keeping the metalcore to a few standalone songs, all add up to create a near lifeless, going through the motions attempt at gaining an even bigger audience. What gained A Day To Remember notoriety in the beginning was that nearly every song had a distinct blend, and flow to it; each song carried its own punch, and added to the collective album. What makes What Separates Me From You a bad album is that this isn't even good pop punk, and if you're going to choose to lean a specific direction, then make sure you know what you're doing, and all A Day To Remember has shown with this record is that they don't.


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  • TheAlternateMelody (4)
    A Day To Remember x More Pop Punk - unnecessary breakdowns = Pop Punk champions...

    Ecnalzen (3)
    ADTR finally decides they want to be taken seriously with ‘What Seperates Me From You....

    PowerOfEquality (3.5)
    ADTR changes without selling out, and it works....

    mas westman (4)
    "I am fueled by all forms of failure, I paid the price so I'll take what's mine."...

  • wolves4eva (4.5)
    ADTR kept their intregrity? Well... sort of....

    GetTheFuckUp (3)
    For those worried if they would sell out the answer is probably yes....

    Chris Higgins (3)
    There is always room for improvement, but this album is so catchy and easy to sing along w...

    KrissWatts (2.5)
    What Separates Déjà Vu...

  • Chevy182 (2.5)
    Making deals with the devil didn't work out......

    Dick Face (4)
    Less 'Br00tz' and a more refined radio friendly sound makes for the Ocala 'pop-core' pione...

    J. Ponton EMERITUS (3)
    Homesick Pt. 2 is (a little) better than Homesick Pt. 1...


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maxmousemm2000
November 15th 2010


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

yeah 1st review. omg so many reviews for this(none that were a 2 rating though).

critiquing is welcome. English prof. always told me I used too many commas and semi colons, so I know this much at least.


Album is not good. Thanks guys.

Ulsufyring
November 15th 2010


1724 Comments


listen to your english professor. he or she was right

RiversCuomo
November 15th 2010


439 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm Rivers Cuomo. This band sucks. splech

crsini
November 16th 2010


93 Comments


your english professor most certainly was right. the commas make this quite a pain to read. not a bad review though, content-wise.

kingjulian
November 16th 2010


1297 Comments


General english rule: When in doubt of whether or not to use a comma... don't.

loveisamixtape
November 16th 2010


6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

biased and terrible with grammar review is biased and terrible with grammar. if you don't like the pop punk genre then don't review pop punk bands.

lukempls
November 16th 2010


235 Comments


loveisamixtape is biased and terrible with english is biased and terrible with english loveisamixtape.

but that doesn't let the review off the hook.

lukempls
November 16th 2010


235 Comments


EDIT: sorry, my internet went nuts.

lukempls
November 16th 2010


235 Comments


edited

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2010


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What the heck does " a token of what was" mean? Also, don't let half of your reviews be taken up by lyrics

loveisamixtape
November 16th 2010


6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

... what..?

TheSpirit
November 16th 2010


17818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

no matter WHAT, when you insult someone and then triple post you fucking fail

Digging: Emarosa - Versus

Acre
November 16th 2010


847 Comments


Man, I was just saying, I could really use more reviews of this album. Definitely necessary.

loveisamixtape
November 16th 2010


6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

terrible at insulting and internet lukempls is terrible at insulting and internet...


Nomos
November 16th 2010


840 Comments


Should I be excited at the first song? Probably not. It's not that bad so far. And I already love All
I Want. So that much of the album is guaranteed good.


Let's do this. Here come the rest of the songs, sure to be generic and terrible. :D


Edit: is this what kids are complaining about? So what if they're more pop/punk that metalcore
anymore. If it's catchy, I'll listen to it. Album's a 3 so far.

climactic
November 16th 2010


18885 Comments


if you don't like the pop punk genre then don't review pop punk bands.


lol

Bitstream
November 17th 2010


296 Comments


"There are a few other gag worthy sections, but in all the lyrics are the least of the problem, as it's the bare bones instruments, Jeremy's wholly unimpressive vocals, or A Day To Remember's failure to craft catchy, and memorable pop punk, while generally keeping the metalcore to a few standalone songs, all add up to create a near lifeless, going through the motions attempt at gaining an even bigger audience."

whatinthefuck.

tapitforever
November 17th 2010


1243 Comments


run ons aplenty
though i agree for the most part

to the person right above me, lol@ that sentence

tapitforever
November 17th 2010


1243 Comments


dumbledore is displeased

fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Hey, I think we could use another breakdown here guys junjunjun"

Almost pos'd just for that sentence. Almost.



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