A Day to Remember
Common Courtesy


2.5
average

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (38 Reviews)
October 9th, 2013 | 142 replies | 13,527 views


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An ambitious refinement chopped up into two unequal halves.

Every time I give A Day to Remember one more chance, I always feel disappointed in the end. The blend of pop-punk/metalcore may have seemed like a cool idea at first, but as the listener starts to dive deeper into the large amount of music the band has to offer, the repetitive structures and performances on each song grow stale. It isn’t that the band can’t thrive off of this formula, since some songs actually do sound enjoyable and fun. Hell, I feel that A Day to Remember would be far better off as a pop-punk band then adding a dash of metalcore into the mix. This is where Common Courtesy does put some paint on the canvas, as the infectious choruses and well-rounded pop-punk inspired instrumentation do succeed in providing a fun listening experience. The other dark and violent side however is still an ambitious miss that plaques what positive aspects the album has to offer.

There is a line of balance in the variety of the music showcased on the album, as most songs contain metalcore breakdowns with a catchy off-beat chorus. The clean choruses are basic pop punk, but they are highly enjoyable and do their part in making the songs fun and interesting. Its hard to not find yourself singing along to the lyrics, and the instrumental harmonies makes the clean sections flow elegantly from piece to piece. The metalcore half on the other hand, doesn’t fare as well.

The typical A Day to Remember breakdown consists of a bass drum kick forming quick bursts, with a looping guitar attempting to sound intricate and complex. Though the guitars on the album are for the most part well done, they sometimes feel just as tiresome as everything else in the section due to the lack of change in the sound formulas. The same guitar line is sometimes tuned contrarily for a different song, just so some of the more gullible listeners can enjoy it and call it something new. Jeremy’s screams do not feel any different than before, but they do flow a little bit better with the harmony of the music. The opener “Violence” showcases the exceptional strength that the man has to offer with his growls, but as the songs begin to count down, nothing much really changes. His screams stay at the same moderate tempo, and his clean voice sojourns in the rather small variety of his pitches.

It starts to feel as if you have heard it all before. One of the main problems with Common Courtesy is that there aren’t many standout moments on the album that sound original or innovative. The album tries to prosper off of the same techniques and sounds that were present in earlier albums, and just fails to deliver an experience that the listener can truly appreciate. By the time your halfway through Common Courtesy, every song flows exactly like one of its predecessors. The clean pop-punk flourishes significantly however, as the music blends memorable melodies and catchy lyricism together that may leave you wanting to come back for more. Common Courtesy is a mediocre attempt at trying to refine the same sound that has been present on previous albums, but with a more fervor emphasis on sanitizing the original sound to the point of blandness.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well I know a lot of people like this, so I didn't want to sound too biased since I do like some of it. Give me feedback on what you think.

nononsense
October 8th 2013



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. You may want to split the 2nd paragraph into two seperate ones.

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol I actually originally had it split, and then I put it together. Ill make the change when I can, thanks though.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013



50116 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ADTR's opening statement against Victory:

I bet you're the kind of label that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around!

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Calc
October 8th 2013



12147 Comments


ooo original.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013



6993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Treb's

really?

:]

joshieboy12345
October 9th 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's their best album imo.

OwMySnauze
October 9th 2013



957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Finally an acurate album rating for this piece.

KSK1
October 9th 2013



4081 Comments


Album is good. It'll probably wear off fast though.

OwMySnauze
October 9th 2013



957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

...Compared to the other reviews. So no, my rating stands. Nice try though! ;)

joshieboy12345
October 9th 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ADTR gets a 2 what a surprise.

jmnewcomer18
October 9th 2013



3408 Comments


It isn't a surprise because they suck. Homesick was decent. Havent given this a chance mainly because i heard the single a few months ago and it just sounded ike all the same shit.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Could never really get into this band to be honest, homesick was dull and repetitive, ftwhh was probably their best, even though I only have that at a 3 imo

jmnewcomer18
October 9th 2013



3408 Comments


they arent terrible but it is so annoying how this is the type of music that most teenagers like me absolutely love to listen to. alot of my friends love this shit and its fuckin annoying lol

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I understand you completely, lol I remember homesick was the shit for my high school when it came out

jmnewcomer18
October 9th 2013



3408 Comments


Yeah i graduated high school this year actually. but every now and then i will jam a few tracks off homesick but i really dislike this band more and more every time i hear them. What Separates Me From You used to be one of my favorite albums when i was like 15 haha but now looking back its just so damn boring. "You Be Tails, Ill Be Sonic" is a solid track though.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

all these kids are making me feel old

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol what's the average age for an account on here you think?

SpritzSpritz
October 9th 2013



528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nothing about this is exciting

climactic
October 9th 2013



18724 Comments


like 20 probably



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