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Album Review: Bad Vibrations by A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember’s new album Bad Vibrations is out now via their own label ADTR Records (distributed by Epitaph). Over the course of the past several years, each of A Day To Remember’s releases have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Indie and/or Alternative Charts, they’ve sold more than a million units, racked up over 400 million Spotify streams and 500 million YouTube views, garnered two gold-selling albums and singles (and one silver album in the UK) and sold out entire continental tours, amassing a global fanbase whose members number in the millions. All of which explains why Rolling Stone called them “An Artist You Need To Know”.

Bad Vibrations is a standard ADTR affair, hard punk rock – wavering between the hardcore on thunderous tracks like ‘Exposed’ and a more pop-punk sensibility on tracks like ‘Naivety’. It’s not going to break any barriers and it’s certainly nothing new, it is however neigh on impossible not to fall in love with it.

The more cynical listeners will dismiss ADTR as fodder for teenage masses. Sure, you can’t deny that this is going to have mass appeal, this will excel in circles where pop punk fans hanker for something harder and grittier but not necessarily too challenging. So what? Who cares if it’s bloody good?

The aforementioned ‘Exposed’ has some excellent guitar work with a hardcore breakdown that’s unlikely to bettered anytime soon, while ‘Bullfight’ has a hint of a beefed up version of Fall Out Boy before you can’t help but fall in love with the thunderous and pummelling riffs that open ‘Reassemble’.  While it comes close to being the heaviest track on the album it’s also one of the most immediate with a sumptuous chorus to counteract the punishing riffs.

Perhaps surprisingly, the band keep the quality at a maximum for all 13 tracks. Every track is a killer, ‘Justified’ and ‘Turn Off The Radio’ are particular highlights while the mass appeal of ‘Same About You’ is so obvious that it might as well have hit plastered all over it. Likewise, the slow burner ‘Forgive and Forget’ will have teenage fans wetting themselves and singing along. Whatever your opinion of A Day To Remember is you can’t deny they’ve released a great album in Bad Vibrations.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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