Homesick review by A Day to Remember

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  • Released: Feb 3, 2009
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.4 (123 votes)
A Day to Remember: Homesick
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Sound — 9
A Day To Remember have never really stuck me as a very unique band. Sure their Victory Records debut, "For Those Who Have Heart" was fun, but it seemed to repeat itself, using open palm mute breakdowns galore. But this time the band has pulled off something very interesting: an album heavy enough to keep the old school fans, and melodic enough to convert a few more pop-oriented listeners. Songs like "I'm Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?" or "NJ Legion Iced Tea" use catchy choruses to implant themselves into your brain, but what really makes this album shine is both it's hardest song (Mr. Highway's Tinking About The End)and it's softest (If It Means A Lot To You), which shhowcase this band's ability to evolve into a more mature sound while still keeping their old sound alive in the process.

Lyrics — 10
As far as lyrics go, this band is very average. They don't make you think too hard to get a song's message, and they don't just throw a bunch of random incoherrent phrases together and call it a song like most of their peers. Their subjects range from broken relationships (as always) to the very surprising ode to their parents "Homesick." And another expected trait to this album is Jeremy's powerful vocal delivery. His growls are more fierce, his singing is more melodic, and with guest spots from Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada on "I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What are You Made of?", Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain on "Welcome to the Family", and Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge on "If It Means a Lot to You" this is one very good vocal album.

Overall Impression — 9
A Day To Remember have definately set themselves apart from the pack in a musical genre that doesn't give way for much originality. The guitar playing of Neil Westfall and Tom Denney has undergone a desperately needed makeover, with melody overtaking the open C palm mute style. And even when they do use a pm breakdown, they've gone beyond the pack yet again by coming up with what could surprisingly be described as "original." The only bad thing about this album was that it didn't last another hour or two! I would definately reccommend checking out this album, especially the songs "I'm Made Of Wax Larry," "My Life For Hire," "NJ Legion Iced Tea," and "If It Means A Lot To You."

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    Timo9500
    TerpsRHCP wrote: Am i the only one who yells DISRESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS! any chance i get?
    Hell no
    danrawkz
    'This album can't really compare with other artists because a day to remember is hardcore pop-punk that's about as original as it gets.' Has to be one of the stupidest things I've ever read
    XjasonmarquezX
    as said in their ap mag interview, they would like to fuse the sounds of some of their heroes like blink 182 and on borken wings.i think they did a pretty good job on that
    x iReGzZ x
    ADTR is really good, but a little over rated in my opinion. Alot of repeated breakdowns and a little too generic.
    WakingLife
    Everyone who is saying they have sold out are ****ing retarded. My only criticism of this album is that it sounds too much like their last. I think Homesick is way better. They took everything they did well before and got better at it. ...they have sold out. give me a ****ing break they aren't getting big or rich anytime soon. if you want a REAL example of selling out look at green day. i feel like you guys arent even listening to the record. from the words of jeremy himself "Now go tell them we sold out, like we're the ones who changed. I write what I feel, I say what I mean, you can't buy sincerity." **** you idiots. no one has sold out here
    WakingLife
    Everyone who is saying they have sold out are ****ing retarded. My only criticism of this album is that it sounds too much like their last. I think Homesick is way better. They took everything they did well before and got better at it. ...they have sold out. give me a ****ing break they aren't getting big or rich anytime soon. if you want a REAL example of selling out look at green day. i feel like you guys arent even listening to the record. from the words of jeremy himself "Now go tell them we sold out, like we're the ones who changed. I write what I feel, I say what I mean, you can't buy sincerity." **** you idiots. no one has sold out here
    a7xrokr99
    korn12737 wrote: Let Me Start Off With Saying ADTR Is My Favorite Band, But I Was Very Disappointed By This Album! There Sound Has Changed So Much It's Like There Not Even The Same Band. They Went From Hardcore To Punk!!! I Have Even Seen Reviews Saying "Blink 182 Is Back!!" Nothing Wrong With Blink 182 But In My Opinion ADTR Sold Out On This Album
    morganite14 wrote: they suck live but hopefully this cd will be good
    God... You people are morons. ADTR is sick live. I've been to 4 of their shows. It'll be 5 in May. And no they didn't sell out. It's progression. If no musician progressed their sound, then we'd all still be listening to some opera shit. Homesick is a great CD. Sure they added a few more pop like songs, but they balanced it out with some songs that are heavier then what they've done before.
    J-rich777
    nobrightskys wrote: people like Zao_89 need to make a decision: Get laid, or kill yourself
    You my friend are the biggest douche on this forum. And your probably still a virgin at that matter. anyways I love FTWHH more than this album but I still like this album
    plague_runner
    korn12737 wrote: Let Me Start Off With Saying ADTR Is My Favorite Band, But I Was Very Disappointed By This Album! There Sound Has Changed So Much It's Like There Not Even The Same Band. They Went From Hardcore To Punk!!! I Have Even Seen Reviews Saying "Blink 182 Is Back!!" Nothing Wrong With Blink 182 But In My Opinion ADTR Sold Out On This Album.
    how did it go from hardcore to punk? That's stupid. I still hear the pop-punk/Metal-core hybrid here.
    schangatang
    greaat album, lot of other bands going for this sound now but there will only be one ADTR
    randomhero93
    TerpsRHCP wrote: Am i the only one who yells DISRESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS! any chance i get?
    not at all. lol
    ninjagayden777
    TerpsRHCP wrote: Am i the only one who yells DISRESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS! any chance i get?
    nope lol XD
    TerpsRHCP
    Am i the only one who yells DISRESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS! any chance i get?
    ianaimo
    ADTR is awesome on cd. they are not quite as awesum live. which makes me very sad. lol this cd is good but not as great as for those who have heart. i skip a couple songs on this cd but overall its good!