A Day in the Life

Nine Reasons to Say Goodbye

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Before Dayton, OH's A Day in the Life switched their name to Hawthorne Heights and became Victory Records' screamo darlings, they released an album titled Nine Reasons to Say Goodbye in 2001. Even though the album was reissued by Confined in 2005, Victory (in conjunction with lead singer J.T. Woodruff's label, Carbon Copy Media) has for some reason decided to release the record yet again. For what purpose, though, it's really unclear. Sure, it's entirely feasible to think that current fans of Hawthorne Heights might be interested to hear the band in its earliest incarnation. But really, A Day in the Life is a completely different band (hence the name change), so this reissue just seems pointless. Not only is Woodruff the only member of Hawthorne Heights who transferred over from the days of Nine Reasons, but A Day in the Life's emo-lite music sounds way more like a bad version of a young Saves the Day than anything vaguely resembling an early stage of the screamo that would later define Hawthorne. The album was not remastered or reworked in anyway; there's simply been a fancy sleeve placed around the original record with a short explanation by Woodruff. This record is just your average local release, probably doomed to be tossed aside into the backseat of a car and forgotten. On one hand it's impressive that Hawthorne managed to become such a success, but again, it's hard to really see how either band relates to the other at all except for the presence of Woodruff. "Control Alt Delete" is probably the catchiest of the bunch here, though there are a few memorable song titles ("Do You Have a Map, Because I'm Lost in Your Eyes" and "I'm Not Crying My Eyeballs Are Sweating" are two favorites). Solely for hardcore Hawthorne Heights fans, but even most of those will only need one listen to satisfy any fleeting curiosity. [This reissue contains a bonus disc of various bands on Carbon Copy, who, incidentally, make much better music than A Day in the Life.]

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