A Day to Remember
Common Courtesy


5.0
classic

Review

by brooklynbridge159 USER (1 Reviews)
November 25th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album sums up everything A Day To Remember is.

In today’s world of music, it is often that a band sells out and changes from who they originally were. A Day To Remember is a band that I am glad to say refuses to be anything but who they are. Through constant trials and tribulations, literally, A Day To Remember has never fallen short of their desires to make the band what they dreamed. Album after album has been unapologetically A Day To Remember, and their newest album “Common Courtesy” is no exception. Regardless of Victory Records trying to bring them down in the ongoing lawsuit, A Day To Remember pulled through and recorded one of their best records yet, filled with genre-bending musicianship and songwriting that brings purpose to music.

A Day To Remember has always been a genre of its own, making them one of the most self-defined bands there are. Some call them hardcore, some call them pop punk and “Common Courtesy” has tracks that fall on either end of the spectrum and everything in-between. Whether the song is “End of Me” with a soft guitar that makes you want to sway back and forth or “Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way” with a riff so good it makes you want to jump right in the middle of a mosh pit, Kevin Skaff’s and Neil Westfall’s guitar is one of the first things you notice about one of their songs. It pulls you in and brings energy to the listener in a way that can’t be topped. Alex Shelnutt’s drums go right along with the guitar, bringing unity to every song. Jeremy Mckinnon’s songwriting produces lyrics so good, they make your heart want to burst out of your chest. Each song holds a relevance that anyone can relate to and listening to them arouses so many emotions.

The album starts off with a song called “City of Ocala”, Ocala being the band’s hometown. This song expresses how their hometown was their motivation in becoming everything that they are. It’s where their dreams formed and were carried out. It’s three and a half minutes full of energy and passion that makes the listener can’t help but sing along. Throughout the beginning of the band’s existence, people from their hometown constantly told them that they would never make it, so this song was really A Day To Remember’s way of sticking it to them all.

The concept of living out their dream and home is a theme you hear in some later tracks on the album like “Right Back At It Again” and “Dead and Buried”. Another theme you find in the lyrics of this album is being yourself and not losing sight of where you come from. A Day To Remember has always stuck to who they are and what they do. Ever since their first album, they’ve made music the way they want to. They made what they wanted to hear and didn’t care about what people had to say about it. In an interview with Absolute Punk, Jeremy Mckinnon, lead singer and songwriter of A Day To Remember, once said, “Everyone told us mixing the two genres wouldn't work…We loved pop punk, we loved hardcore bands, and we couldn't decide what to be. So we said let's do them both”. A Day To Remember has received a lot of criticism for their style of music, but like the lyrics in “Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail” reflect, they aren’t going to change based on other people’s judgment. They will always be their own and play music that might not make sense to other people.

Aside from constant criticism, another recent obstacle that A Day To Remember had to overcome to produce this album is the lawsuit between them and their record company, Victory Records. This definitely impacted the band’s ability to promote Common Courtesy and limited the access that fans would have to the album once it was released. A Day To Remember announced the self-release date to be October 8th, 2013 and was dedicated to that date, regardless of what was going on inside the courtroom. Needless to say, the album was released on October 8th, however, it was only available for download via the band’s website. iTunes access and hardcopy sales are still, to this date, not set up yet. This could be inconvenient for some of A Day To Remember’s fans and probably resulted in less sales for the album.

Overall, Common Courtesy is an exceptional album that outlines everything that A Day To Remember is about. It portrays every little aspect of this band and who they are, from their unique style of music to their deep, untouchable lyrics. The mixture of soft to hard tracks brings harmony to the album and what A Day To Remember stands for. The album walks you through the journey they experienced to get to where they are and how they still remained true to themselves.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
pepster50
November 24th 2013


328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

genre-bending.... really?

Tyrannic
November 24th 2013


3262 Comments


All I do is genre bend

Butt roses r so...

Fucking funny.

pepster50
November 24th 2013


328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One thing I will say about this album is that it is quite varied, but the metalcore portions are sooooooo generic and every breakdown is just... bad.

Tyrannic
November 24th 2013


3262 Comments


Jokes for amily

AmericnZero02
November 24th 2013


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pepster's last comment basically sums up The document speaks for itself to me. That and End of me fall
flat but everything else here rules.

Tyrannic
November 24th 2013


3262 Comments


Ill see her. At some point I think

Interest ing offer though ill THOROUGHLY CONSIDER PURCHASE

whatshisname
November 24th 2013


179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really wish they would just do Pop Punk music because their Pop Punk material is 100 times better than their cheesy metalcore.

AmericnZero02
November 24th 2013


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Violence kinda rules tho..

Lotus
November 25th 2013


506 Comments


5th paragraph is completely unnecessary; You're basically restating everything you attempted to say in
your intro. And hot damn a five? Fuck.

Winsomniac
November 25th 2013


7972 Comments


Restating.


Reinstating means something entirely different.

Lotus
November 25th 2013


506 Comments


Restating, Reinstating. Fuck me.

Winsomniac
November 25th 2013


7972 Comments


I mean, it's not a big deal. I'm just a grammar nerd.


Also, I like to point out when other people are wrong. Partially to make them feel slightly silly, but mostly because it bothers me and I need to release that pent-up inferno of wrath.

Lotus
November 25th 2013


506 Comments


You never know, is it possible to restore and recreate paragraphs? They lose there value overtime. Nature's a bitch. Based bitch.

Lotus
November 25th 2013


506 Comments


Fuck all of this pseudo knowledge bullshit. This is a day to remember!

Nocturnal
November 25th 2013


1329 Comments


Lol.

trainofconsequence
November 25th 2013


1440 Comments


Violence is the best song they've done.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2013


1616 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fivey as fuck

Green Baron
November 25th 2013


20000 Comments


right back at it again

J0ckstrapsFTW
November 25th 2013


3652 Comments


Still havent listened to this yet

musicalmedicine
November 25th 2013


480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sums up everything ADTR is ehrmahgawd must 5



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