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A Day to Remember - Homesick Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 7.25
Musicianship 6.75
Lyrics 4
Production 5.75
Creativity 1.5
Lasting Value 3
Reviewer Tilt 5.25
Final Verdict: 48%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 7.28
Lyrics 6.65
Production 7.48
Creativity 6.37
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 7.11
Average: 71%
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A Day to Remember - Homesick

Reviewed by: Blake Solomon (01/25/09)
A Day to Remember - Homesick
Record Label: Victory Records
Release Date: February 3, 2009


Homesick makes it abundantly clear why so many people refuse to jump sides for A Day to Remember. There are 12 songs of the exact same heavy/lol-pop that can be heard on For Those Who Have Heart or And Their Name Was Treason. Stick with your instincts; there are no true changes to the band’s sound. However, I finally realized the (probably intentional) trickery that comes packaged with ADTR records. Each one begins with a blistering fist pumper that’s more pop than “mosh.” The listener is instantly “amped” up (or whatever), and then it’s almost like the remaining 35 minutes don’t even matter. Your sated pleasure sensors easily discharge the forthcoming filler. But let’s say you skip that first song - or in this case, the first and second song - do you still have a great record? Quite confidently, I will say without this carefully planned dose of adrenaline you have a terrible f**king record. After we hear a shattering breakdown proclaiming “This is a battleground!” in second song “My Life For Hire,” the album becomes pretty skippable - save for a few (admittedly contagious) moments. If any band should just release EP’s, it’s A Day to Remember.

Trust me when I say Homesick can feel like a day lost. It becomes excessively tiring to hear what sounds like the same song - save for slightly different choruses - over and over. Maybe for a record (or even two!) this could be satisfactory. But other than doing away with the slightly creepy/sappy vibe of For Those Who Have Heart, this is essentially the same record. I won’t lie: at first, I was content. I even posted in the forums that I thought this was ADTR’s best record. Turns out I was on iTunes Shuffle and a song from FTWHH was playing. Oops. My bad.

This is multiplayer music, so perhaps my crippling social failures make me a bad judge of Homesick. Unless you're surrounded by bros and brews (i.e. XsodaX), prepare to feel like a fool when ADTR start gang-chanting, “This is the life we chose / This is the life I lead / They can never take this from me!” But hey!, there’s some double bass and some uplifting lyrics and hey! the song is called “NJ Legion Iced Tea” so it’s about foolin' haters and crap! (You’re a cynical dick - Editor.)

Whether you believe it or not, I’m an optimist. I hear hope in “Have Faith in Me.” The song is very light on the screaming and very focused on the catchy chorus. True, it’s one of the simpler songs on Homesick, but at least it sounds a teensy bit different. The song is cheesy in an endearing way (“I said I’d never let you go / And I never did”). Its gang chorus accents rather than overtakes, and we leave “amped” (or whatever) in a completely different way. Sadly, the song precedes “Welcome to the Family” (featuring Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain), which comes across as a weak appeasement to those who were hoping for the fierceness of FTWHH.

As is their custom, ADTR have included a mostly acoustic opportunity for vocalist Jeremy McKinnon. Is he auditioning for a solo spot on Tooth & Nail? His nasally, vocally-stretched performance sounds almost too fake to handle. The “La La La’s” are so overly “mouthed” (that’s a term, right?) that you’ll need to scrub the lame off you for hours. “If It Means A Lot To You” also features a duet with Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge before eventually erupting into a gang chorus of “La La’s”, but these additions do very little to save the track.

An impressive opener like “The Downfall Of Us All” can't hide Homesick's disappointing truth. There’s barely enough songs for a self-made EP, and as a full length it borders on torturous redundancy. McKinnon sounds improved most of the time, but it’s hard to critique any improvements for the other musicians due to the album’s “been there” feel. Never taking any steps forward has finally crippled A Day to Remember, and a continued fear of the unknown will surely kill them.


Recommended If You Like: Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years, doing "funny" recommended if you like's for every review in the same fashion for almost 2 years, Fight Fair!, doing "funny" recommended if you like's for every review in the same, erm, way for, erm, nearly 2 years.


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Per Victory Records' request, I must mention that this review was conducted using a leaked "unmastered" version of Homesick. You may now return to your regularly scheduled Blake-bashing. Thanks.
 
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07:03 PM on 01/25/09
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c_rob2700
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Recommended If You Like: Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years, doing "funny" recommended if you like's for every review in the same fashion for almost 2 years, Fight Fair!, doing "funny" recommended if you like's for every review in the same, erm, way for, erm, nearly 2 years.


Ohh Blake, you slay me
07:06 PM on 01/25/09
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I really liked FTWHH, especially the cover of Kelly Clarkson, guilty as charged..

Suddenly i feel less excited to hear this record, whilst i liked the last record i did get very tiresome, spot on with the RIYL,

heavy/lol-pop.

nice.

good review
07:14 PM on 01/25/09
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I really liked FTWHH, especially the cover of Kelly Clarkson, guilty as charged..

Suddenly i feel less excited to hear this record, whilst i liked the last record i did get very tiresome, spot on with the RIYL,

heavy/lol-pop.

nice.

good review
i mean, give it a shot at least. For me though, this record truly showed the limitations of this genre. I have over 30 songs of this band on my itunes and they all sound more or less the same. You know? It's hard to justify spending money on something you pretty much already have.
07:17 PM on 01/25/09
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Hilarious as usual. Albeit a bit harsh: I liked this record. Though it was kind of repetitive, I found it had lots of catchy choruses.
07:43 PM on 01/25/09
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yikes. i still will give it a shot though...
07:46 PM on 01/25/09
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i do really like this band and i bet if they had did something really different you all will be like ''why they change this sound?'' its their sound thats why you like them, if u wanna hear something different go listen another band dont u think so?
this band deserves a better review than this
thats my 2 cents
sorry if i had some mistakes
not used to this language :P
07:53 PM on 01/25/09
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i do really like this band and i bet if they had did something really different you all will be like ''why they change this sound?'' its their sound thats why you like them, if u wanna hear something different go listen another band dont u think so?
this band deserves a better review than this
thats my 2 cents
sorry if i had some mistakes
not used to this language :P
no problem with the language! I can only say "nachos" in spanish. But I'm working on it.

I wanted to address this comment early because I foresee it coming up more than once.

Yes, it does appear that if I don't like this sound, which is to say, "their" sound, that I should just move on to another band. But there's a difference between doing something completely new and revolutionary to their sound than mixing things up. I am obviously clamoring for the latter. I don't want them to turn into a rap-rock band or a latin fusion jazz band. I just want them to delve further into the bag for some tricks. Some of these songs sound so similar to earlier forays that it's mind numbing. But like I said above, I'm not sure anymore just how different their sound can get, which is a large problem, because right now it's not somethign that will ever stand any test of time (if I can quote an earlier song!).

Minor shifts can become major for this band.
08:07 PM on 01/25/09
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"I just want them to delve further into the bag for some tricks."

Sorry only new, havent got the hang of the proper quotes yet.

Couldnt agree more with that point, while they (in my opinion) are one of the best in this now flooded genre, you feel like it has all been done before, and im sure many would agree with this and disagree, i love this genre, but at times i feel almost disheartened by it.

Am i the only one dreading what the next 'trend' in music will be after this dance-rock fad will end? (I know this doesnt apply to ADTR but i just wanted to express this.)

Probably still pick up a copy of this one way or another, curse living Australia...., all this is world's away from us..
08:11 PM on 01/25/09
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Good review blake. ADTR needs some change.
08:29 PM on 01/25/09
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I love how when bayside doesn't change their sound they get praise, but a band like this gets shit on.

I enjoyed the album for what it was, but I don't see the album getting much play on my Ipod as soon as the new NFG and Fireworks come out.
08:32 PM on 01/25/09
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i LOVE this record. it's fun. it's catchy. the breakdowns are great. i wouldn't expect anything less or more.

i think it sounds like a logical follow-up to "for those...," which is my most played album on my ipod of over 16, 000 songs.
09:04 PM on 01/25/09
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upon first listening to this album i hated it and was dissapointed and thought that all the songs sounded the same also...
however after giving it another shot i realized thats its really really great! it has some really really good breakdowns and fun parts to sing along to. thats just my take
09:32 PM on 01/25/09
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and their name was treason imo was and only good record they ever made
09:37 PM on 01/25/09
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I liked this :( to each their own. They do need change but I think they are good at what they do best
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