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Complexity and hardship make this the best ADTR album yet.
on November 25, 2013
In an interview with the frontman of ADTR Jeremy McKinnon, he said that one of his goals with writing albums is to make sure that every song is able to be listened to without skipping a track. With the band's previous releases, there have been some tracks that I found necessary to skip. With this album, however. the game has TOTALLY changed.
After a dispute with Victory Records, ADTR were not sure if they were going to be able to release this album. There were a series of court proceedings, and after all was said and done, ADTR won the case. Jeremy built a studio in his house, and boom. The recording began. It took three years and nine days before this CD was available for us to purchase physically, and fortunately, the wait was worth it.
This is the best album ADTR have ever put out, hands down. There is literally something for everyone on this album, whether or not you're a fan of A Day to Remember or not. "City of Ocala" is a fast punk-rock song that will show inspiration from New Found Glory and other acts alike, while songs such as "Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail", "Violence (Enough is Enough), and "Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way" show how this band can perfectly move from a punk rock song to a hardcore one like it's nothing. In fact, there are songs on this album that are nothing like another song in the band's catalog; "End of Me" is a near power ballad, and "I'm Already Gone" is reminiscent of "You Had Me at Hello", proving th./786at this band can literally do anything it wants in terms of sound. The songs have also become more complex; instead of just a breakdown and chorus, there are now songs that have bridges in them, as well as other added musical parts. "City of Ocala" has a bridge in which Jeremy sings "This is where I came from; I'm right back at it again", while the band sings with him in a series of "Whoa-oh's" that are nothing like I have ever heard before. Another example of this is in "Sometimes You're the Hammer", in which there is a soft drum beat, a few guitar chords, and then Jeremy singing "I want to be a better person, I wanna know the master plan; cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don't make me who I am". The band then goes from just the few drum beats to a full band once more in a transition that I would compare to Underoath's "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door."
All in all, this album is FAR more complex and powerful than any other release from A Day To Remember. The lyrics are meaningful and express love, hatred, and anger, and the instrumentals are either soft enough to lullaby you to sleep or heavy enough to make you headbang to this album for eternity. Do yourself a favor; go pick up this album. It is HANDS DOWN the best release of 2013.