Artist: A Day to Remember
Album: Common Courtesy (Deluxe Edition)
Ocala’s A Day to Remember should need no introduction. They’ve got 4 very successful albums under their belt, mixing the catchy flavor of pop-punk with the aggressive attitude of metal. Their breakout album, “For Those Who Have Heart” is still one of the most well-known albums in their catalogue with hits such as “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle”, “The Danger in Starting a Fire” and “A Shot in the Dark”. Their debut album, “And Their Name Was Treason” contains some hidden gems such as “You Should Have Killed Me”, “Heartless” and “Casablanca Sucked Anyways” which all showcase the heavier nature of the band. Their most critically controversial album, though, is the follow-up to “For Those Who Have Heart”, “Homesick”. This album focused heavily on the pop-punk side of the band for the first time, making it a very different album for them. Their 4th album, “What Separates Me From You” took both sides and blended them perfectly to create an album that fans could really embrace. 3 years and a very lengthy lawsuit later, we come to their 5th album, “Common Courtesy”. This album is A Day to Remember like you would never have imagined them! The heavy songs are heavier than ever, the pop-punk songs are catchier than ever and there are even a couple acoustic, semi-ballad like tracks on the album! This album was entirely for the fans and the response to it has been absolutely incredible! The fact that it almost didn’t see the light of day didn’t slow these guys down, though! When they learned that it would be contested, they worked at it harder than ever, honing in on all of their weak points and perfecting them to make what is sure to be Album of the Year for many people! When they released the first single, “Violence (Enough is Enough)”, fans exploded. The result: Actually breaking the bands’ website for a few hours due to all of the fans logging on to receive their free download. It was easily the heaviest track that they had ever written and it came with a long period of silence afterwards.
Fast forward over a year later, the band releases “Right Back At it Again”, a focus on the more melodic, pop-punk side of the band once again. It received such great response that Daniel P Carter, who debuted the track on his “BBC Radio 1 Rock Show”, was forced to play it twice in a row to satiate the fans appetites! On October 2nd, the band announced during one of the stops on their “House Party” tour that they had won the battle to finally release the album! On October 8th, “Common Courtesy” was released digitally, in the form of a 13-track standard edition, to the public and sold over 40,000 copies! This was a great relief to the band, the fans and anyone who was involved in the process. A little over a month later, the album was released physically in the form of a deluxe, 16-track edition to all retailers who would take it. Best Buy, Hot Topic, FYE and many more were among those retailers! Put simply: This is the best album the band has ever created and I think that the struggle is what makes it as good as it turned out. The band used all the negative energy being thrown their way as an added fuel to the fire, putting every ounce of blood, sweat and tears into it!
The bottom line of this review is that “Common Courtesy” is overall the best work the band has released. Whether you like the heavy side of the band, the pop-punk side or are just looking for something a little newer, this album is for you! It made it into the top 10 albums of the year in my upcoming Top 25 Albums of the Year feature that we’re doing later this month and for good reason! So what are you waiting for?! Go pick up “Common Courtesy” and support the struggle that came in making it and the band who have proved that, regardless of the outcome, they’re not going anywhere!
Focus tracks: “Right Back At it Again”, “Violence (Enough is Enough)”, “Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way”, “Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail”, “End of Me”, “The Document Speaks For Itself”, and “Same Book But Never the Same Page”