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A Day to Remember: What Separates Me From You

Being honest, I'm probably not in A Day To Remember's target demographic being somewhat middle-aged and decidedly no longer in the Kerrang! audience so it would be very fair to suggest that I'm surprised how much I have enjoyed listening to What Separates Me From You. Yes, it's a tad screamy in many ways but when they unleash Mr. Melody, ADTR are pretty accomplished songwriters. It seems that I'm not the only one digging this one as at the time of review the album has entered the UK charts at no.66. and sits proudly at no.11 in the United States.

The lyrics are definitely not aimed at someone my age, for instance, in "All Signs Point to Lauderdale" it's difficult not to snigger at, "I hate this town//it's all washed up//and all my friends don't give a fuck//they'll tell me that it's just bad luck//when will I find where I fit in?" but they're wrapped around such a big melody it's difficult not to get wrapped up in the general joie de vivre.

The songs are so radio friendly I'm sure that there will be accusations of selling out directed at the band but surely they're allowed to evolve? There's nothing particularly parent-baiting here but equally there's enough to satisfy the emo kids, "My heart is filled with hate," (from the opener "Sticks & Bones".) There are also enough ideas and musical volt faces to keep Sea of Tranquility readers happy as well.

Track Listing

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

Added: November 26th 2010
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 2968
Language: english

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