Okay, let's start off like this:
I'm really really happy that the album turned out better than i expected.
In the recent four years since RAFRAG (which i love), The Offspring has gone down from my # one favourite band to one of my favourite bands, and my musical taste evolved from listening exclusively to punk and rock to kinda every genre of music, while retaining a specifially soft spot for punk.
The two singles for Days Go By, in contrast to the first two RAFRAG-singles, made me worry that maybe, for the first time since my Offspring-fandom, I might be let down by a new release of them. Days Go By didn't click as a standalone-track, and I still don't consider it to be the most lucky choice for a lead single after four years of silence. Cruising California further lowered my expectations for the album. Before yesterday, I knew 1/6 of Days Go By, which wasn't a too pleasant 1/6.
Now, yesterday, after discovering the Rolling-Stone-link @ this bbs, I drove home from work as fast as I could, because even with two more or less weak singles, I can't be any other thing than excited when The Offspring releases new material. So here we go:
The midtempo punk/rock-song The Future Is Now demonstrates right from the start, that Days Go By will be filled with more energy than I'd have thought. A really strong opener, but I have to admit, that I liked Half-Truism a little bit more. 9/10
Secrets From The Underground blew me away. It's such a fast, powerful and at the same time catchy punk-tune (the chorus!), that shows The Offspring at their best! I always liked the last #2s, but this beats even Trust In You and The Noose. -> 10/10
Days Go By works in the album context better than on it's own, and I have to admit that I like the optimistic atmosphere in here. It's also very catchy, but more of a polished midtempo-Rock-song. Still, nice track 8/10
The fourth Track, Turning Into You instantly got one of my favourites. It has some decent Emo/Post-Hardcore-vibe in my opinion, which is cool with me, cause I love these genres. Again: Much energy, anger, but also a very interesting drum loop and an infectious guitar-rhythm. And a catchy as hell chorus. 10/10
Hurting As One didn't click with me as much as the other punky songs on here, but maybe it will after a few listens. Still, a really energetic one, that definitely sounds kinda old-school 8/10
Cruising California got a little bit better after a few listens, but still no favouriste, naturally. At first I more or less hated the song, but now that I heard the full album, I'm cooler with it. Dull fun song, but the melody may stick in your head for some time. 6.5
I sort of liked Fix You, but neverthless, I see me skipping this (and Kristy, which I still think is a bad song), relatively often while listening to RAFRAG.
One will see how All I Have Left Is You does over the years, but for now, I really dig this song. It's slow and sometimes bordering the cheesy a tin little bit, but the emotion is really convincing in this, to a greater extent than on Fix You. It's not directly romantic nor depressing, but can be both, based on occasion. Reminds me in this point of Denial, Revisited from Conspiracy, also with the fat guitars in an otherwise more quiet song. 8.5/10
While OC Guns ain't no Guns Of Brixton, it's still a successful experiment. The bass line is really cool, the Spanish is really cool, the blend of reaggae and mariachi...yeah, let's simply say it's a goddamn cool tune, and something you haven't heard from the band before 8/10
I can see why they remade Dirty Magic, which always was one of my favourite songs off my favourite album. The new version features electric guitars, fantastic background vocals (like +- every song on Days Go By ), and for sure a more profession production. Why I think I prefer, overall, the 92 version, I really dig the new, powerful chorus. Hard to rate, but I tend to giving it a 9/10.
I Wanna Secret Family (With You) is a fun little pop-punk song with a 60's rock'n'roll-vibe. Nice thing, but a little bit irrelevant in my opinion. 7.5/10
Dividing By Zero surprised me from the start, because it's a really oldschool-Offspring-punk song, not failing at also fitting with the more modern post-Splinter-sound! Like track two, too, this is powerful, angry, definitely punky and at the same time melodic, catchy and technically accomplished. One of the best Offspring songs in this century and, imo, in general. Same goes for Slim Pickens, which is also a very punk-style-song. Reminded me a bit of Bad Religion at the beginning, but has an incredibly catchy & strong chorus, with a nice inclusion of the iconic "Dance Fucker, Dance!"-line off their last album's #1-single. The greatest thing with the Punk-songs on Days Go By is that they're all pure energy combined with great melodies and are even quite danceable pieces of great music -> 10/10 for the best closing song(s) since (at least) Pay The Man.
All in all, Days Go By consists of great Punk Songs, mostly well done experiments from Rock to Pop to Reaggae/Hip-Hop, which are more radical in their respective approach than their experiments on older albums, and just very few filler. On the one side, it's a great continuation of RAFRAG, on the other it contains also pretty cool new elements and much old and new energy :-)
-> My favourite of 2012 so far & one of the best four Offspring-albums 9/10. I doubt that I'll doubt the Offspring again before the release of the 10th album^^
Peace, & enjoy Days Go By!
Last edited by Count Orlok; 06-20-2012 at 02:47 AM.
Reason: improving overview
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