Common Courtesy Review (1 of 2)


This may well be one of the best first lines for an album, ever.

City of Ocala is the opening track on the highly anticipated album Common Courtesy, by post-hardcore band A Day To Remember, and let me tell you now, this song alone made the long (and at times stressful) wait for the album worth it. The guitar riff that opens the album is just typically ADTR, but somehow sounds incredibly fresh and new.

The seamless blend into track two Right Back At It Again is just plain perfect – I love it when songs do that! I was actually lucky enough to hear this live back in June (I was just pretty wasted by this point, and completely forgot about the new song a few days after the gig… till I heard it on the album, and then ALL the memories came flooding back!) It’s the underlying bass that makes your head/hands/feet just naturally do ‘The Thing’* when you listen to it!

Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail echoes the quiet-at-the-end song structure of You Should’ve Killed Me When from debut album And Their Name Was Treason – a natural occurrence for the band, and an occurrence that’s welcomed with open arms. It’s these moments in the song that the heartfelt, compassionate lyrics come out.

Dead & Buried highlights the hardcore side of the band, with the screaming/growling vocals that we all know and love in the verse. I can almost hear the crowd singing along to the chorus chant of ‘dead and buried’ (who’da thunk that they’d be the lyrics?!) I have a feeling that this will be one of the heaver crowd songs, where all pits will essentially form one giant “super-pit”.

ADTR are good at writing songs that people can relate to. Especially for teenagers, when insecurity is at an all time high (a topic close to my heart, and I’ll probably write a post on it, we’ll see how things go, shall we?). Best of Me is one of those songs. Certain lyrics jump out, and hit close to home; for me this is definitely one of the more ‘feely’ songs on the album.

Acoustic ballad I’m Already Gone is not a current personal highlight, but I’m willing to listen to it. I don’t know, maybe it’ll grow on me.

The acoustic is quickly forgotten, however, with the screams in Violence. Again, not the best they’ve done, and it seems to be more of a filler track for the album, however it fits. Knowing me, this’ll turn into a favourite of mine by next week; I’m just that obscure.

*The Thing – any action/feeling that comes to you, but you have no words to explain said action/feeling perfectly enough. It is an action/feeling where words do not do it justice, therefore ‘thing’ is the only appropriate word.

To read part two of the review, click here!

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