A Day To Remember has released an album to remember. ADTR’s much anticipated fifth album, Common Courtesy is arguably their best album yet. Their style hasn’t really changed, but has been redefined. Tracks like “City Of Ocala”, “Life @ 11” and “Right Back At It” is exactly what you’d expect out of A Day To Remember, but then tracks like, “I’m Already Gone” and “I surrender” might leave you with a totally different impression of the band. Jeremy Mckinnon, on this record has done more singing than ever, and instead of having everything be heavier instrumentally, some songs are nearly acoustic. It is different for the band, but it works in their favor.
This album will impress and amaze you. This record is more powerful than any other record ever released from ADTR, and has more personality. After certain tracks, there’s some in studio commentary as well as an interview at the end of the record where they discuss their beginning as a band.
Stand out tracks on this album include “Life @ 11”, “Best Of Me” and “Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail.” The latter one is solely because they may have written the lyric of the year in that song. It says, “I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable, I reserve my right to be afraid. I make mistakes and I am humbled every single step of the way. I want to be a better person; I want to know the master plan. Cast your stones, cast your judgment. You don’t make me who I am.”
I was greatly impressed and slightly surprised by this album. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this good. This album deserves nothing short of five stars. If you haven’t heard it, do so now because you will certainly not regret it.
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