A Day To Remember / What Separates.. / Victory Records
Getting the particulars out of the way, this is the fourth album to be released by A Day To Remember, a Florida-based five-piece rock group that walks the narrow yet crowded line between post-hardcore and pop punk. Stan Lee once said “every comic book is someone’s first comic book”. Surely, the same can be said for this record. Somewhere, a young teenage music fan will buy What Separates Me From You – possibly after having enjoyed an ADTR concert – with no frame of reference. It’s hard to imagine a more regrettable scenario.
Not that the record is terrible – four releases in, the group seems at the top of its big hook writing game, as evidenced in the songs “Better Off This Way” and “All Signs Point to Lauderdale”. However, beyond the out-and-out pop-punk tracks, What Separates Me From You is essentially just another fat kid on the already rusty trampoline that is this genre. Chugging metal chords and screamed lyrics (lines like “My heart is filled with hate” and “There’s a hole in my heart where you used to be” provide a fairly accurate soupcon of what is to be expected) have been ADTR’s own unique way of standing out from the crowd – but it’s the heavier songs that stand out as being particularly weak and formulaic. There’s no aspect of pop punk, post-hardcore or a combination of the two that’s covered herein that hasn’t already been done to death – and more enjoyably – in years passed. This latest effort is just another addition to a genre that’s been stretched too far, for too long, by too many.
Download: “Better Off This Way”, “All Signs Point To Lauderdale”
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