Days Go By - The Offspring
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    A fine album from an often overlooked band. [30 Jun 2012, p.53]
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    70
    Overall, Days Go By ends up as a solid record only because there are traces of The Offspring again and not a band that tries to copy others.
  3. 67
    It's the same old story on the veteran SoCal punk revivalists' ninth album: pogo-and-whine thrash with a faux-funky detour. [6 Jul 2012, p.73]
  4. Jul 2, 2012
    60
    'Days Go By' doesn't catapult them back to their prime; there's a lot of issues that can be picked out, be it recognisable musicality or questionable song choices. Having said that, when The Offspring do get it right on this record, they are great.
  5. Jun 28, 2012
    50
    Days Go By is more for fans who have been with the band for a while than those just tuning in, and while die-hard Offspring followers will be able to see the shift in the band's sound as part of a logical progression, new listeners would be better served by checking out some of their earlier, more urgent work.
  6. Jun 28, 2012
    50
    Two (incredibly) horrible songs aren't enough to discount the entire album, no. Yet it's unfortunate that Days Go By doesn't provide any delirious highs to counter its abysmal lows.
  7. Aug 30, 2012
    40
    At best, the songs on their ninth album are bland recreations of their past successes.
  8. Aug 1, 2012
    40
    The general rule with Offspring albums is that their buoyant Californian punk will always be pockmarked by two wildly irritating songs. So it is with Days Go By.
  9. Jul 17, 2012
    40
    The Offspring's nervousness is palpable in their protestations of relevance and liveliness, but no matter how fast or loud things get, there's no energy or wit, nothing to convince you this band could win, or even prolong, a fight with oblivion.
  10. Jul 9, 2012
    40
    It is with frightful ease that one can declare 'Days Go By' as a parody of the efforts which came before.
  11. 40
    The Offspring's newest release, Days Go By, is both disjointed and mildly out of its element, containing one-third of this act's best output since pre-Splinter by a minuscule margin at best. It's just good old fashioned "meh."
  12. Jun 28, 2012
    40
    Nine albums in, these Cali punks are coasting by on dourly told jokes and reheated mad-at-the-world bluster.
  13. Jun 28, 2012
    20
    So there are a couple of silly tracks - but then there were two silly Bennett sisters [in Austen's Pride and Prejudice]. Sadly, the remainder of the album is all Mary and no Elizabeth; devoid of life, wit, or energy.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    7
    its not a evolve album for the band but is the reason why fans love the offspring (exept for the 6 track) and proves they still rock!!!. oneits not a evolve album for the band but is the reason why fans love the offspring (exept for the 6 track) and proves they still rock!!!. one of my favorites offspring albums Full Review »
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    3
    These guys are going to get sued for plagiarism. They use to be an excellent punk band, but then they decided that what they wanted to be isThese guys are going to get sued for plagiarism. They use to be an excellent punk band, but then they decided that what they wanted to be is the "funny" band, and made songs like "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" and "Hit That." Ugh. This album mixes in some of those types of songs along with some Rise Against and Foo Fighters ripoffs, clearly just desperate to get back on the radio. They need to stop. Full Review »
  3. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    It annoys me so much that this isn't getting as much praise as it deserves. Seems like all people are doing is saying "HERP DERP CRUISINIt annoys me so much that this isn't getting as much praise as it deserves. Seems like all people are doing is saying "HERP DERP CRUISIN CALIFORNIA IS A POP SONG & THE TITLE TRACK SOUNDS LIKE FOO FIGHTERS!!!!" and then just brushing off the rest. I honestly don't see what they're complaining about. To me The Offspring is in top form here. Over the years their sound seems to have gotten more & more diverse. There's songs that sound like classic Offspring ("Hurting as One", "Dividing By Zero", "Slim Pickens") with maybe a hint of Rise Against at times ("The Future Is Now"), emotional piano-driven balladry ("All I Have Left Is You"), mid-tempo Foo Fighters-esque rock ("Days Go By"), quirky pop-punk ("I Wanna Secret Family With You"), fun upbeat & tongue-in-cheek power-pop ("Cruising California"), and even a bizarrely catchy hybrid of mariachi & reggae ("OC Guns"). What's all the negativity towards? For Noodles' sake, even the new Flo Rida album got a higher average critic score than this! While obviously nothing will ever top Smash, this is a close second for sure. People need to get over that The Offspring isn't always gonna be 100% punk 100% of the time and just enjoy the great songwriting for what it is. This is also the problem I have with the reception of the new Linkin Park album. People notice it doesn't sound like nu-metal and instantly throw around the labels "boring", "watered-down", and even "sellout", without giving themselves a chance to embrace the sound they have in front of them rather than just comparing to the older stuff. In my opinion this album is a fantastic addition to the Offspring discography, and every track is catchy & memorable. Full Review »