Common Courtesy - A Day to Remember
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  • Summary: Originally self-released in October, the fifth studio release for the metalcore was produced with Chad Gilbert and Andrew Wade.
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  1. Nov 19, 2013
    90
    Common Courtesy is not the end of this band. If anything, it’s their new beginning.
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    Impressive act of defiance or not, when the dust has settled, this will also be rightly remembered as simply a great album. [19 Oct 2013, p.52]
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    It's hard not to find something to like here no matter where your tastes may lie.
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    70
    There’s no question Common Courtesy will at least partially satisfy eager fans, because if nothing else, it’s a textbook A Day To Remember record. Whether or not that’s good or bad is entirely up to you.
  5. With Common Courtesy...love it or hate it as you will...A Day To Remember is getting started all over again. And the album ensures that this band hasn't yet seen the peak of its popularity.
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  1. Aug 15, 2014
    10
    I've been a big fan of ADTR since, "Homesick", and "What Separates Me From You" (too bad they are ot on Metacritic list). I've listened to "Violence (Enough is Enough)", "Right Back At It Again", "Best of Me", "End of Me", "I Already Gone", "I Remember", and "Sometimes Your The Nails, Sometimes Your The Hammer". they got awesome track before, right? No wonder they were not on Metacritic walls before.... Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    After a long awaited 3 years, we have A Day to Remember's 5th album "Common Courtesy." Fans were left in the dark for that time, as the band battled with a brutal lawsuit against their label. On December 21st, 2012, they released the song "Violence" from Common Courtesy. A heavier tone compared to their last two albums, and it left me feeling uneasy with how they were going to approach what was coming. Thankfully, the album is enjoyable enough to leave me smiling until their next release. Unlike their other albums, Common Courtesy is a blend of different sounds. Whether it's songs like "City of Ocala" that give off the heavy pop-punk sound, "Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail" for a post-hardcore sound, or "I Surrender" to ease us with a slower sound. Though, the bad thing about this is how choppy the pace of the album is. One second you're listening to the acoustic song "I'm Already Gone", then you're listening to a near death-core "Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way". Though every song off of the album is superb, it doesn't flow very well. Something else to be noted are McKinnon's vocals. He has come a long way since his For Those Who Have Heart days, and he has far more mature uncleans and cleans this time around. I have a hard time finding anything wrong with the album. Every song is extremely enjoyable, and they cover a series of topics from a simple tribute to the bands hometown, to the battle against Victory Records. The album is wonderful. You would have to dig really deep to find anything wrong with Common Courtesy. Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    9
    Greatest album of the year if not the decade do far. Changed it up to their roots and from the heart. Good change from the last album especially with the messy break up with victory records. If anything this is just the beginning of a very bright future for this band. Great job guys keep doing what you're doing. Expand
  4. Mar 16, 2014
    9
    Common Courtesy is heavy. What more is there to say? Screamer vocals and aggressive, tense riffs combine to make something that is bordering a metal fans heaven. The album also consists of occasional slower tracks, but overall is a fast paced, aggressive masterpiece. I still feel it may be outdone by Homesick, but I cannot complain; it's (almost) perfect. Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    8
    I was in two minds about whether to buy this album or not because ADTR have always been kind of hit and miss for me. Eventually I decided to take a gamble and buy it and I'm thrilled that I did. This is a truly great collection of songs with a wide spectrum of musical styles woven through it. I suppose the most prevalent genre throughout the album is the post-hardcore vibe but it's repeatedly mixed with different genres such as pop-punk (City of Ocala), metal (Sometimes you're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail) and in places to a much softer semi-acoustic sound (I Surrender.) The band show very clearly that they can dabble in plenty of different genres while never losing their own unique sound. My only real gripe is that they've done the same annoying thing that a lot of bands do these days, which is release an album and then release a bunch of separate bonus tracks that aren't included on the album itself but can be downloaded. So in order to get the full experience you have an extra two or three quid to pay before you have the whole album. ay one DLC is enough of a problem in the games industry, we can do without it in the music industry.
    Other than that, this album is excellent. No matter what kind of music you're into, you'd struggle to not find at least a couple of songs you would happily listen to again. Highly recommended.
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  6. Apr 29, 2014
    6
    It was good. I love how they changed their style a bit, and it was way better than I thought. Although I don't really listen to this band as much as before, I have to say that this album was a pleasant surprise. Expand