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."