Forewarning for everyone that might come across this little review, it will be written biasedly. I have and will forever hold a big place in my heart for A Day to Remember. They are “that” band for me. With that being said, lets get into this review.
If you have been following the release of ‘Common Courtesy’, you will know that it has not been an easy release. There are many articles out there that you can read about the whole lawsuit and everything at AP Mag and propertofzack, so check those out if it interests you. And if have listen to ‘Common Courtesy’ and didn’t love it, you can still embrace the fact that ADTR did have to go through all this trouble with Victory to release it, so high-fives for sticking it to the man.
NOW, lets get into this album.
First and foremost, I would like to make this clear; ADTR know exactly what they are doing, if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be one of the few bands in their genre to be selling out large arenas. They have got an equation down, and it works for them. It works for their fans, and it is obviously doing them well.
‘Common Courtesy’ is A Day to Remember. Simply put. They did them, and it came out sounding exactly like them. There is everything you would expect to hear from them if you have heard any of their previous albums: pop-punk, “chunky” beats and the catchy choruses. This album doesn’t miss a beat.
‘Common Courtesy’ opens up with a beautiful “fuck you”; and that is ADTR all the way. The first track, “City of Ocala”, is obviously about their hometown because no ADTR album is complete without a song about good ol’ Ocala. The album is heavy on the pop-punk side with catchy songs like “Right back at it Again” and the ending song “I remember”, a nostalgic song about touring.
If you’re a fan of ‘Have Heart’ or ‘Homesick’ don’t fret. Again like any other ADTR album, there has to be “mosh-worthy” metalcore songs like “Violence” and “Sometimes you’re the Hammer, Sometimes you’re the Nail”.
I would highly advise you to go give this album a listen. Again, I hold ADTR very near and dear to my heart. I have never been disappointed in anything they have come out. I believe this album is not the best, but it is definitely A Day to Remember and that’s all that needs to be said.