It’s finally here. A Day To Remember’s highly controversial laced and delayed follow-up to What Separates Me From You entitled Common Courtesy has finally been released for us all to hear and unfortunately for the band expectations are beyond reasonable levels.
For a band that hasn’t released new music in over 2 years, A Day To Remember have managed to keep the buzz about them. A lawsuit with your major label which everyone including us has written about also probably helps keep you in the limelight as fans clamour to see their favourite band stick it to the man.
Common Courtesy exceeds any expectations I had for this album which is a good thing considering we had to wait a very long time for this album to even come out. In-fact, it is the best thing A Day To Remember have released since For Those Who Have Heart and leaps and bounds better than their previous release What Separates Me From You.
This record weaves its way in and out of pop-punk territory until almost metal territory and back again. Lyrically it sounds like the record is about respect and integrity, some lyrics and themes of which may be directed at their label Victory Records. However, I am disappointed there isn’t a track on the album called, “Fuck You Tony Brummel”, but we can’t have it all I suppose.
The breakdowns are heavier, the pop-like vocals are poppier, the choruses are catchier than ever and the band sound like they have a new sense of purpose in life. This is A Day To Remember 2.0, going for the jugular with each strike of the bands down-tuned chugged strings and McKinnon laced growls telling you to, “BRACE FOR IMPACT!”
Fans of the bands previous works are in for a treat. This record will have die-hard fans and those with an appreciation for pop-punk meets heavy frothing at the mouth in excitement. While some will proclaim this album cures cancer, it does have its downsides; the vocals at time sound weirdly filtered, production falls a little flat in places and the breakdowns get a little boring, but considering the band have been through the wringer a few times of late, we’ll let the shortcomings slide.
While Common Courtesy does little to veer off of the pop-punk meets metalcore path the band have paved since their inception, it’s still a great record. When you are at the top of your game, why fix what isn’t broken, right? And lets face it, ADTR basically invented the genre they are in, they took from other genres to create to their own distinctive sound others have failed to imitate.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10