A Day To Remember - What Separates Me From You

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Hardcore, Pop Punk
Victory Records
A Day To Remember
What Separates Me From You
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Renowned for blending pop punk with hardcore elements, the Ocala, Florida-based group A Day to Remember has made themselves a band to remember. Right from the start the band has received moderate success with past releases, and has consistently been able to pull off a good synthesis of otherwise polar genres. And despite the criticism for having done so, the 29+million plays on Last.Fm speak for themselves; it was a new innovation that changed a thankfully receptive music world, and the band stands alongside others who ignored supposed boundaries and made their own paths.

But when the single “All I Want” was released, there were certainly mixed reactions. Presented to the world was a song that represented the upbeat, pop rock side of ADTR, and little else, which worried a few fans. But their fourth album What Separates Me From You offers much more than what their single might suggest to represent. More diametrical in their approach to musical styles, the album ranges from crooning rock ballads to explosive hardcore thrashes without apology. It’s almost off-color how sharp the contrast in the songs is, but it gives new listeners a chance to hear the band stripped down to its core elements. This album is the band’s heart, wrapped in a bow on their sleeves. The high-budget production and accessibility as an album make it a great place to start for both new and die-hard fans alike.

Pulling no punches, the album opens with McKinnon’s familiar, though arguably improved screams, harsh and in charge of the verse of “Sticks & Bricks”. But no sooner are the breakdowns in when lighter hearted melodies dispel the dark overtones. The album continues to sway back and forth between hardcore and pop rock, and in this case, when genres compete, the listener wins! Catchy and upbeat hooks dot the album, giving it a light and fun air as observed in the songs “It’s Complicated” and “Better Off This Way” (the ‘woah’s in the latter song are almost reminiscent of something Paramore would write). There is almost a sense that ADTR is best suited for this style of music, and that it comes most naturally to the band but that they are unwilling to let go of the last vestiges of metal found in their music. Whatever the case may be, pounding tracks like “2nd Sucks”, complete with Mortal Kombat samples, deliver the breakdowns and screams that metalheads ache for.

Picking up where Homesick left off, the message of malcontent and a yearning for honesty in life pops up in songs like “All Signs Point to Lauderdale”. And yet, positive perspectives on life can be found in other songs, such as “This is the House That Doubt Built”: “let's believe that if we all stand together we're a force that can shake the whole world/for once we're doing something right when we say whoa, whoa”.

Unfortunately, an album’s greatest strength can also be one of its weaknesses. What Separates Me From You is a very open album, one that can be listened to at any point at any time, because of how well-produced it is. It is that time in the studio that is crucial for setting the mood of the album. In this case, the raw punk feel is gone, and the underground, heavy-hitting metal feel is lost in part as well. Too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing, and in this case, the over-produced atmosphere can make the most emotive songs feel detached.

In addition, contrary to Homesick, this album is left with a cliff-hanger of sorts. Where the last release had the acoustic ballad “If It Means a Lot to You”, this album is absent of such a closer. Despite this fact, however, A Day to Remember has created an album filled with moving, catchy choruses and equally moving metal grooves to satisfy a diverse audience. While it may not live up to expectations as the best ADTR album to date, it is an honest attempt on their part to reach out to new fans and demonstrates their potential as pop punk songwriters at heart.

1. Sticks & Bricks
2. All I Want
3. It's Complicated
4. This is the House That Doubt Built
5. 2nd Sucks
6. Better Off This Way
7. All Signs Point to Lauderdale
8. You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic
9. Out of Time
10. If I Leave

A Day to Remember is a band that combines metalcore and pop punk from Ocala, Florida, United States[/placeformed] formed in 2003. Their music generally consists of growled verses, clean pop-punk style choruses and breakdowns.

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