Common Courtesy Review (2 of 2)

Review part two… To read part one, click here!

Life @ 11 reminds me so much of Homesick – I think this song would also fit well on there. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s the whole harmonizing screams with singing that was oh-so prominent on that album? Whatever it is, I like it… This is another fabulous example of how brilliant the band is at writing lyrics to encompass the struggles people can go through. I won’t post them here, I’ll let you listen to them for yourself.

I Surrender kind of reminds me of old-school metal power ballads. That’s all I have to say on the matter.

Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way is just a short, angry song. Every band needs one. Heck, every album needs one, in my opinion! The almost beastly drumming is the driving force behind this song – YAY! (I love a good drum track. The harder, the better…)

End of Me feels like another filler track for me. I’m not entirely sure why I keep thinking this, but it just seems like the further you get into the album, the less interesting the songs are. Or maybe I’m just being incredibly picky again? It’s just almost as if the album wasn’t intended to be played straight through past Best of Me.

The Document Speaks For Itself picks the album back up again! Truthfully, I was expecting a harder breakdown, but I still really like this song. I like the vocals, the bass, the guitar riffs, and the drums (obviously). The whole song is just standard ADTR, which is evident with the drum fills that appear on all the albums, but which somehow don’t get old. Every time the music cuts out, but the vocals continue, I get a little bit more excited. I’m excited to hear this live, and to scream the lyrics out, with conviction and power, and just general bad ass-ery!
Closing song I Remember acts as beautiful almost-continuation of Ocala, as both songs focus on the life in the band’s perspective; where Ocala tells us where they are from, and I Remember telling us where they are now. The conversation between the guys at the end, just reminiscing about old tour stories is adorable, and such a perfect way to end the album.

All in all, I like this album – I really fucking like this album! There are some definite bangers present, and some fillers. The fillers are good for just general background noise when your working/procrastinating, while the brilliance of the main songs are perfect for a gig!

Yes, so I’m still unsure why I split it. It seemed like such a fabulous idea last night…

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