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An Album to Remember
Homesick - A Day to Remember
Member Name: rleigh
Homesick - A Day to Remember
Advantages: Brilliant vocals, a lot of very impressive music on display here.
Disadvantages: A couple of weak tracks.
A Day to Remember is an American rock band that I first came into contact with about 5 years back when the band covered Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'. Upon checking the band out further I became instantly hooked, and would now consider myself a big fan of the band. 'Homesick' is the band's third studio album and was released through Victory Records in 2009. The album consists of 12 tracks in total, including collaborations with members of the bands The Devil Wears Prada, The Acacia Strain, and VersaEmerge.
The album kicks off with 'The Downfall of Us All', and instantly the band has you hooked with its blend of post-hardcore and pop punk. Combining incredibly catchy vocal melodies with harsher screamed/growled vocals, A Day to Remember shoots through this track with incredible style, and if you're a fan of either pop punk or post-hardcore then it's most definitely worth giving this track a listen, even if not the full 'Homesick' album as a whole. It's a very catchy song, and A Day to Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon really does have an absolutely brilliant voice, not just on record but also when you see the band live. 'The Downfall of Us All' kicks off the 'Homesick' album in fantastic style and for me at least is an absolute highlight of the album. Next track 'My Life for Hire' is not such an impressive one, with third track 'I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?' the band gets back on track however, and just like 'The Downfall of Us All', this is another very impressive track that combines pop punk with post-hardcore.
'I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?' has an absolutely pulsating drumbeat throughout, and it's hard to listen to this one without tapping your foot along to the beat. This is a very impressive piece of music, and once again the supreme vocal flavour of Jeremy McKinnon really does put a smile on the face here. This track features Mike Hranica, lead vocalist of metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada, and his vocals combine very nicely with Jeremy McKinnon's to provide for an absolute aural delight. Out of the three collaborative tracks on the album ('I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?', 'Welcome to the Family', and 'If It Means a Lot to You'), I would have to say that 'I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?' is most definitely my favourite of the three, 'If It Means a Lot to You' is also a very strong track though and works very well as the final track on the album.
'If It Means a Lot to You' showcases the band's more melodic side, there are no traces of the band's post-hardcore tendencies here, with the band instead opting to close out the album with a very mellow number. Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge's vocals really do work well here, and it's good to hear the dual vocal presence here, with Jeremy McKinnon's vocals coming together very nicely with Sierra's impressive female vocal styling. Instrumentally the band is impressive as always here, it's the vocals that really strike you about the music here however, with the vocals really making the track and making you want to come back for more. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to this track over the years; it's one that I just keep on coming back to, as are many of the tracks on this album in fact, and 'If It Means a Lot to You' is a track that I'd wholeheartedly recommend to all, regardless of your musical preference. Whereas other A Day to Remember tracks may be targeted at a slightly more niche market, 'If It Means a Lot to You' is most certainly one of their tracks that I feel to be accessible to all.
'You Already Know What You Are' and 'Have Faith in Me' are further highlights from the album for me; 'You Already Know What You Are' I feel has a very impressive instrumental progression, and although because it's quite heavy on the growlier side vocally and quite heavy instrumentally also it may not be for all, personally I absolutely love it. Although it's only 1 minute and 28 seconds long, the band seems to pack a lot into this small amount of time in order to provide for an extremely impressive piece of music. It's by far the shortest track on the album, nonetheless is still one of my favourites however, and is a good track to listen to if you're looking to let off a bit of steam sometimes. 'Have Faith in Me' meanwhile is double the length of 'You Already Know What You Are', and has a simplistic guitar presence at the start which makes me think of Blink-182 (perhaps one of the reasons that I initially warmed to this track so quickly, what with Blink-182 being my favourite band). 'Have Faith in Me' was actually one of the tracks released from this album as a single, and it's really not hard to hear why; this is an impressive, pop heavy track, is a catchy piece of music instrumentally and once again has the very impressive vocal presence of Jeremy McKinnon.
In my opinion, Jeremy McKinnon is absolutely the best thing about the music of A Day to Remember, ands on the 'Homesick' album one of the things that really strikes me is his supreme quality as a vocalist. With many bands you'll find that they have a lead vocalist that really excels in one area whilst lacking in another, or you'll find many bands that have multiple vocalists in the band to achieve various different vocal styles; Jeremy McKinnon has an absolutely superb voice when singing his clean vocals however, as well as a stunning voice also when providing the shouts and growls. Jeremy McKinnon is a vocalist that can do it all, and do it all extremely well. 'Homesick' is an absolutely brilliant album combining elements of pop punk with elements of post-hardcore, it is instrumentally sound and there really is a lot to love about the instrumental side of things, often a singer can make or break a band however, and in the case of A Day to Remember, Jeremy McKinnon most definitely makes the band.
A Day to Remember's 'Homesick' is most definitely an album that I'd recommended checking out if you're a fan of either pop punk or post-hardcore music, and if you are a fan of either of those genres then I definitely think that you'll like this album a lot. If you're not a fan of pop punk or post-hardcore however then still take my advice in giving 'If It Means a Lot to You' a listen though as I really do feel that this is a track that everyone would enjoy listening to at least once. 'Homesick' is a great third studio album from a brilliant band, and 'Homesick' is absolutely an album that takes pride of place in my music collection; quite often you'll find me listening to tracks from this album, and having already been listening to this album for a few years now, I can most certainly see me listening to this one for many years to come.
Summary: A very impressive album from a great band.