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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio album for the punk rock band was produced by Bob Rock.
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Dirty Magic
In my own simple way I think she wants me only She said "Come over right away." But she's just not that way Her little soul is stolen See her put on... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Kerrang!
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    Jun 29, 2012
    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 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.
  5. Aug 30, 2012
    40
    At best, the songs on their ninth album are bland recreations of their past successes.
  6. Q Magazine
    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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2018
    10
    First things first, I would honestly give this album a 9. It's just that the average score is too low currently. The Future is Now and SecretsFirst things first, I would honestly give this album a 9. It's just that the average score is too low currently. The Future is Now and Secrets From the Underground are both great tracks with elements of urgency thrown in, which, surprisingly, the Offspring can pull off prettying well. Days Go By was a song I was surprised to see be criticized, as when I heard it, I thought it was amazing. It's the main reason I listened to the full album. Turning Into You is straight up, no questions asked, the BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM. Hurting as One is really good as well, and then we have Cruisin California. It's different, but works so well a small tsp own trac, save for the 'bumping in my trunk' section. That was unnecessary. All I Have Left is You is a lacklustre track that's not really prone to resisters. Not bad or anything, just boring. Then... Oc Guns. what the heck is this. I listen to it regularly, but never understand what they were going for. Dirty Magic I can't say much about, since it's not exclusive to this album. For the record, it's pretty good. Then we get I Wanna Secret Family, a really fun song to listen to. And also, what can I say about Dividing by Zero/Slim Pickens? Best two offspring songs of all time, ave for turning into you. Overall, love the album. I relistened to it so much. (PS: writing on iPad. Sorry If autocorrect sucks.) Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2012
    10
    New Offspring, what a way to kick off the summer!!! I have read several "critics" reviews and must wonder why so serious? This is a greatNew Offspring, what a way to kick off the summer!!! I have read several "critics" reviews and must wonder why so serious? This is a great record, one of their best in my opinion. I have plowed through it numerous times and now and it just gets better after every listen. In my estimation that's what a great record does, you listen to it once and go yea and then by the time you've listened to several more times you're like hell yea!!! Cruisin California is just a great summer song, these guys have always written silly fun songs, it part of what makes them The Offspring. Love "Slim Pickens" too, great to have the band back and can't wait to see them live!!! Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2012
    7
    The Offspring have always been one of my favorite bands, but this is not one of my favorite albums. There are a lot of derivative tracks (IThe Offspring have always been one of my favorite bands, but this is not one of my favorite albums. There are a lot of derivative tracks (I can hear Foo Fighters and Rise Against playing in my head while I listen to some tracks, as well as Offspring songs from prior albums). This bothered me for some time, but after listening to the cd enough, I've gotten over that and have given it my approval. The song has enough singles on it to make the CD worth the purchase. Expand
  5. 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 Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2012
    7
    Whilst not being as good as their previous effort, Ride and fall, Rage and Grace, still pretty good nonetheless. Certainly not their worstWhilst not being as good as their previous effort, Ride and fall, Rage and Grace, still pretty good nonetheless. Certainly not their worst work. I just think it's a little disappointing one of the best tracks of the Album 'Dirty Magic' is a rerecord. Still like previous offering from The Offspring these songs will get stuck in your head fairly easily. Also Cruising California really doesn't get it's satirical edge across, which is clear when you read the lyrics but from just hearing it, rather hard to tell. So in conclusion I quite enjoyed this album and whilst there are no real surprises and it's not their best work and the length is just a little disappointing for a 4 year wait, it still is a pretty good album.
    Standout Tracks: All i have left is you Dirty Magic Slim Pickens does the right thing and rides the bomb to hell.
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  7. 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. Expand

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