Common Courtesy is the fifth studio album from A Day To Remember, arriving in late 2013 after 2010’s What Separates Me From You. This record is probably my second favorite from the band, right behind Homesick (it might also be my first, depending on the day). Nonetheless, the project is absolutely wonderful from start to finish and remains some of the best work the band has put out to date. It might be the pop melodies that just ooze with charisma mixed with the heavy guitar parts that make you feel like a badass, but at the end of the day, it’s just a sonically great record. But as great as the entire standard edition of the album is, there are three bonus tracks that might be even better than the rest of it all combined. “Leave All The Lights On”, “Good Things” and “Same Book But Never The Same Page” all perfectly summarize the bands discography and capabilities, from pop hooks to post hardcore screaming vocals to acoustics and relaxed instrumental. Out of all of these, I must admit that the latter is quite possibly my favorite and it might be one of my favorite songs that they have ever put out. “Same Book But Never The Same Page” is definitely somewhere in my top ten A Day To Remember songs and I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon.
This one is our closing track on the deluxe version of Common Courtesy, and interestingly enough, I have only ever found it on Spotify. It is nowhere to be found on YouTube and I don’t use any other streaming services so I’m not sure about those. I can’t image many people know about it, fans or otherwise. I didn’t even know there was a deluxe version of this album until just a few years ago. And boy, if you haven’t heard this song, you are definitely missing out. “Same Book But Never The Same Page” is darker in tone right off the bat, especially when comparing it to the other two bonus tracks. It’s angry but very captivating and keeps you listening just to find out what the issue is. Lyrically, the main takeaway I can gather from this song is about giving too much to people who don’t deserve it, being taken for granted and pushed down. It’s all about vulnerability and others capitalizing on that vulnerability to take advantage of you. We’ve all been there on way or another and this song puts those feelings perfectly into perspective. Coupled with pop melodies (the bridge part being my favorite), this track is an absolute ear worm. Production is absolutely perfect, with all of the instruments layered evenly so to not distract from the words that are being sung. There aren’t really any major guitar moments on this one in comparison to most of their other songs, but that’s actually perfect. The easy going guitar backing and small solo during the bridge add enough sound but don’t distract from the overall message they’re trying to convey.
This song releases so much anger and frustration that we can all relate to, and it can also allude to may different situations. Whether it be a friendship, romantic relationship or just any other personal struggle, the lyrics aren’t so honed in one specific topic. It’s really not that simple to write songs that are like that nor is it easy to fuse such specific elements of pop and punk like the band managed to do with this one. Never does it feel like it’s too much of either genre, and never does it feel whiny or immature. To say this track is a hidden gem is an understatement. It’s absolutely perfect from the opening note to the fade out, and one of the best representations of the band and the pop punk genre.