Sound — 8
With A Day To Remember, I expected them to one up Homesick. I was looking for a CD that was not only Pop-Punk but also pretty heavy. In "What Separates Me From You," the Pop-Punk was definately there. I also really enjoyed how heavy the CD started off with "Sticks & Bricks." The song was damn heavy and definately showcased the vocal range of lead singer Jeremy McKinnon. Most ADTR songs are played in Drop C, but this first song "Sticks & Bricks," I believe is played in Drop B or A. The point is that the song is damn heavy and very good. Most songs have a very pop-punk and melodic and What Separates Me From showcased that very well. At first, the CD didn't do too much for me, but after a few listens the CD gew very quickly on me.
Lyrics — 7
Jeremy McKinnon is able to showcase his emotions in songs very well. Though, one thing I noticed in this CD was how often he rhymed the lyrics. I personally believe that lyrics don't have to rhyme to be good and normally McKinnon doesn't do this. For example, in the breakdown from You Be Tails, I'll be Sonic, "All the things you love are all the things I hate, how did we get here in the first place." Personally, I feel like it's somewhat lazy. Jeremy McKinnon has always been known for delivering pretty amazing breakdowns. One of their best breadowns from Homesick is from My Life For Hire, "Watch your back, you'll lose yourself. This is a battleground." They're not rhyming anything and it's very powerful. Overall the lyrics deliver a general feeling of a loss of a girlfriend/bestfriend or leaving someone. Again, Jeremy McKinnon has an amazing vocal range. He can give deep growls to a nice range in If I Leave.
Overall Impression — 8
Compared to the other albums, I'd say the What Separates Me From You is a good CD, but not excellent. Homesick and For Those Who Have Heart are much better and much catchier. The lyrics feel somewhat sloppy and I feel like the CD was rushed a little too much and they could've worked on it more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this CD a lot, but it doesn't do as much for me as Homesick did. Some of the standout songs on the album are, "All I Want," "This is The House that Doubt Built," "2nd Sucks," "All Signs Point to Lauderdale," and "If I Leave." If I lost the copy of the CD, I'd be disappointed but I wouldn't but the CD over again. I have the songs on my Itunes anyway.