A Day to Remember
What Separates Me From You


4.0
excellent

Review

by mas westman USER (12 Reviews)
January 10th, 2011 | 76 replies | 7,716 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I am fueled by all forms of failure, I paid the price so I'll take what's mine."

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Above are the opening lyrics to the opening song of A Day To Remember's(ADTR's) most recent album, What Seperates Me From You. This one line can be symbolic for everything this album is. "Failure" being the bands prior release, Homesick, and "what's mine" being What Separates Me From You. Homesick was a step in the wrong direction for ADTR and while it wasn't a horrible record, they were trying to do things that hadn't been done before while they already had a good formula going on For Those Who Have Heart. With What Seperates Me From You, it appears the band has finally found it's roots again while exploring new mainstream territory at the same time.

What's good about this album:
This album feels like ADTR has finally found a comfortable songwriting pattern that works well for them. On past records, ADTR were always at their best when they were writing catchy pop-punk with minimal use of breakdowns and scream sections, and that was mostly due to the not-so-good blend of Jeremy Mckinnon's harsh and clean vocals. The main problem with Homesick was that the breakdowns all seemed forced and unneeded, and while they were doing an okay job at putting the best effort to a good idea(blending metalcore with pop-punk) there was always a "whole" feeling missing from it.

Separates is everything Homesick should have been. Whether it be "classic ADTR style" songs like "Sticks and Bricks" and "You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic," or the hard-hitting pop-punk influenced songs like "All I Want" and "It's Complicated." The tracks have a phenominal range of upbeat pop-punk, classic ADTR metalcore/pop-punk fusion, and just straight up metalcore. The song order is very well put together, as (most of the time) the ends of songs set the mood for the song following it. The only place in the album where the mood change is somewhat unwanted is when "2nd Sucks" ends and "Better Off This Way" begins, and that isn't even a major flaw, just something that could have polished a little more to be made more fitting.

Another major improvement in Separates are the vocals laid down by Jeremy Mckinnon. On past ADTR works, his harsh "growls" always sounded strained and forced, and on this album they sound a lot more comfortable and natural. Whether it be the clean vocal highlight of the album, "This Is The House That Doubt Built", or the first ADTR song in history to not have any clean vocals, "2nd Sucks", Mckinnon appears to have finally found a clean/harsh blend that works for him and the music/lyrics. In most of ADTR's past works, Mckinnon has mostly written angry lyrics, and it appears that ADTR is back and angrier than ever. About halfway through the opener "Sticks and Bricks," Mckinnon exclaims "My heart is filled with hate!" and it appears as if he was not lying.

What's not so good about this album
There are very few flaws within Separates, and you would really have to look for flaws to find many. The production isn't at the same level of sound as Homesick, and the few breakdowns that are actually on this album seem too polished. Another disappointing aspect about this album is the lack of a bigger vocal role from new guitarist Kevin Skaff, formerly of Four Letter Lie. The great things about this album cover up the few flaws that are there, and the only way you couldn't find one thing you like about this album is if you hated ADTR before.


The Bottom Line
Separates is without a doubt the best work of ADTR's career, and shows a lot of future potential for records forthcoming. This song ranges everywhere from New Found Glory, poppy inspired songs like "It's Complicated" to mosh-ready type songs like "2nd Sucks." If you don't like ADTR, you're not going to like this album. It's catchy, it's angry, it's got breakdowns, it's got the blended metalcore/pop-punk sound, and it's still very ADTR, just executed A LOT better.

Recommended Songs: Sticks and Bricks, All I Want, It's Complicated, This Is The House That Doubt Built, 2nd Sucks, Better Off This Way, You Be Tails I'll Be Sonic, If I Leave



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

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

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    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)
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    A Day To Remember is now just a token of what was, and that sometimes you have to "grow up...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

inb4 "this has too many reviews"

i don't care.

i can't stress this enough
PUT ASIDE PAST BIAS GOING INTO LISTENING TO THIS, IT'S A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN HOMESICK.

that is all.

Digging: Keep - Hypnosis for Sleep

TBliss
January 10th 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album (although, I'm one of the few on here that love all their albums).

loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeaaahh i'm going to get flamed for this, but i don't care. there's honestly no reason not to like this album other then you just don't like the band.

Nikkolae
January 10th 2011



4823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What separates me from you is having a decent music taste

Digging: Clipping - CLPPNG

loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ouch.

ConsiderPhlebas
January 10th 2011



6157 Comments


Cool review. I agree with much of it, though I think the record has some major flaws going on. Needs a few positive reviews to balance out all the negative ones. People need to lighten up and remember that music is meant to be fun.

dr2den
January 10th 2011



1342 Comments


but this sux

Jom
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2011



2658 Comments


"All I Want" is really awesome. Everything else is really not as awesome.

loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks man.

yeah i've just been like, scavenging the internet to see if the rest of the world hates this album as much as sputnik does and this is like the only place that doesn't like it. i don't get it. what is so awful? nothing. it's not supposed to be the next TDAGARIM, it's fun popcore. simple as that.

Nikkolae
January 10th 2011



4823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^preee much

Nikkolae
January 10th 2011



4823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^preee much

ConsiderPhlebas
January 10th 2011



6157 Comments


it's fun popcore. simple as that.





Yep. If only people could let go of this idea that every band has to be ultra-deep and serious they'd probably enjoy music and life more.


loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

a concept lost in most people.

ShadowRemains
January 10th 2011



20479 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

not good

TBliss
January 10th 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see some people talking sense about this band finally.

loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the "members also liked" section is so stupid, none of those albums (except for FYS) sound like this.

what even.

OutOfMyself
January 10th 2011



688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, I pos'd and agree, it's definitely a much better album than Homesick.

loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thank you sir, and yes it's much better than homesick.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 10th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Totally agree with you on everything except this being ADTR's best work, because For Those Who Have a Heart was clearly so much better

loveisamixtape
January 10th 2011



5931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this and the Re-issue of FTWHH are tied for me, but FTWHH is hard for me to listen to now due to it was my best friend's favorite album before he committed suicide. they even played Here's To The Past at his funeral, and that entire cd is just like 16 songs of sadness for me now.



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