A Day To Remember
Bad Vibrations


3.5
great

Review

by Sebastian USER (53 Reviews)
September 1st, 2016 | 249 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good vibes.

A Day to Remember are an incredibly middle of the road band. For every good song on their LP’s (Violence..., Monument, and I’m Made of Wax Larry…), there’s always a terrible song (Life Lessons…, The Price We Pay, and, well, the rest of the album) waiting for you after. Homesick, as much as I love it (I wrote a goddamn awful review about it, I should know), is an incredibly repetitive record, taking every worst trope of the genre and putting it into the blender to be poured into the ears of the listener. But as time has progressed, ADTR have found a knack for creating solid, albeit slightly samey records. And even if Bad Vibrations doesn’t hit the mark as much as it could have, its highlights certainly outweigh its lowlights.

The ‘heavier’ approach to much of the album is a surprisingly welcomed addition, not feeling as forced or cliché as it has in previous outings, particularly that of the aforementioned Homesick. Opener Bad Vibrations is perhaps a little too ‘The Ghost Inside’ for its own good, but it plays to A Day to Remember’s strengths; chunky riffs and powerful vocals. Jeremy McKinnon doesn’t disappoint, sounding more forceful than ever after thirteen years on the mic. His throaty screams sound great throughout, as too does his singing on follow-up Paranoia. What’s most surprising, however, is track Exposed. Taking cues from djent (you’re still listening to A Day to Remember by the way), its surprisingly crushing riff and melodic chorus leaves a shockingly good impact on the listener. Once again, McKinnon takes centre stage with his harsh vocals, but praise must be given to guitarists Kevin Skaff and Neil Westfall. Their ability to keep songs fresh (regardless of chugging, of which there is plenty) through varied and catchy riffs and licks certainly helps songs such as the aforementioned Exposed become far better than it has any right to be. Hell, Reassemble has a sweeping section. In an A Day to Remember song! The drums are also great, perhaps at times only doing what is needed, but Alex Shelnutt does enough with his kit to keep them sounding fresh.

As with any ADTR album, however, there’s always the painfully-average songs that find themselves sprinkled in-between the great ones. Naivety sounds too straight-forward and samey for its own good, with the layering of McKinnon’s vocals detracting from an already boring song. Bullfight, although it picks up to the end, is one of the lesser songs the band has written; the clean production and layered vocals detracting from an otherwise great set of songs. As typical with the band at this point, the bass of Joshua Woodard is thrown to the side in favour of louder guitar and vocals. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a strong bass line could’ve potentially provided more backbone to an already catchy record. The record begins to truck along following the soft-heavy dynamic of Justified; We Got This is an ‘emotional’, straight-forward, pop-punk-esque song, as is Same About You. And although Jeremy shows off his ‘high’ register in Turn Off The Radio, it doesn’t differentiate itself enough to be considered noteworthy. That's not to say these songs are bad; if anything, they're just some good fun. But the fact that some of the band's best material is present here, it's a little disappointing to say the least.

What’s surprising, however, is the quality of closer Forgive and Forget. The guitar line plods along at a steady pace, letting the violin carry the song along. McKinnon once again shows his vocal potential, performing at a much more reserved pace before the chorus picks everything up and the last minute and a half brings all of the elements together for a surprisingly fantastic result. The stark difference in styles throughout much of Bad Vibrations provides great tracks in conjunction with some rather uninteresting songs, but proves to be a great addition to the A Day to Remember discography.

Recommended Tracks: Bad Vibrations, Exposed, Reassemble, Forgive and Forget.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Drubbi
September 1st 2016


185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean I've had it for a few days now, but it's officially out in Australia in about five minutes so close enough.



Feedback appreciated as per usual.

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2016


10125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kinda skeptical about this one. the title track is super boring, but bullfight is good and paranoia is fun even if the pseudo hardcore riffs are phoned in. their best material is consistently the pop punk/alt rock tracks and the occasional songs that manage to blend in the breakdowns well.

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Drubbi
September 1st 2016


185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Gameofmetal I'd give it a shot if you liked Homesick or What Separates Me From You.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2016


10125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im def listening to it, i really do love this band i just have a bad feeling that this album will be disappointing

Ponton
Emeritus
September 1st 2016


6114 Comments


Same about you is a keeper

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Forest159
September 1st 2016


53 Comments


May give this a couple listens, but doesn't sound like I'll enjoy it as much as Common Courtesy. Their pop-punk style has always been their best material, with the metalcore aspects almost always groan inducing.

sempiturtle
September 1st 2016


1036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Everyone says their pop-punk elements are better but WSMFY is the lowest rated album on here, despite it being the most pop-punk (and their best).

BigTuna
September 1st 2016


5222 Comments


I saw these guys with Blink last night and realized that McKinnon would have been a perfect Tom replacement

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Mutantsnowstorm
September 1st 2016


496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I read your comment and first thought "that's fucking ridiculous" but i'm starting to picture it and i only hear Jeremy going "WHERE ARE YEEEWWWW"

iChuckles
September 1st 2016


242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, rating is on-point."Exposed", "Reassemble" and "Justified" definitely stand out, whereas "Bullfight" just bores me to tears.

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Tyler.
September 1st 2016


13202 Comments


i bet this has like 1 good song on it maybe

Futures
September 1st 2016


9120 Comments


0.0 Dalton DuBois | July 25th 16

So far, the songs released all have fantastic production. It's never going to sound as poorly
produced as Agalloch's "The Mantle", so keep dreaming.

9 Bumps | Bump


Digging: Brand New - Science Fiction

SteakByrnes
September 1st 2016


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This was pretty bland as I was expecting. The best song they have is Violence, why can't they just focus on the metalcore aspect of their music?

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Tyler.
September 1st 2016


13202 Comments


no that would be horrible

SteakByrnes
September 1st 2016


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Opinions opinions

sempiturtle
September 1st 2016


1036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Why can't they just focus on the metalcore aspect of their music?



That's pretty much what they did here.

SteakByrnes
September 1st 2016


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If by that you mean that they watered it down then sure.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2016


10125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

snide actually outdid himself with that soundoff

Futures
September 1st 2016


9120 Comments


how about this one



0.0 Dalton DuBois | August 19th 16

Master of Puppets wasn't a good album, Ride the Lightning wasn't a good album, this one won't be
either. Band's been consistently mediocre for decades.

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SnakeDelilah
September 1st 2016


19751 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

actually he's totally right about that

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