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  • Summary: The first new release in 12 years for the Southern California punk quartet was produced by the band's guitarist Stephen Egerton and drummer Bill Stevenson.
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Without Love
Long years waiting for it Lost patience given to disease Within me Long days fighting for it Lost years praying for relief From sickness and... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    Despite Hypercaffium Spazzinate feeling as referential as it does, it's surprising that there's nothing obviously referencing ALL, the attitude and mantra that populated some of their earlier records. The sentiment is there however, it's rooted in the record, its sheer energy, and the attention which has gone in to making it.
  2. Nov 3, 2016
    89
    Muscular production from the Blasting Room's Jason Livermore brings Stephen Egerton's melodic guitar to the forefront, and Alvarez and Stevenson's lockstep percussion sounds downright youthful.
  3. Magnet
    Aug 11, 2016
    80
    Hypercaffium Spazzinate finds the band reenergized and more characteristically succinct. [No. 134, p.55]
  4. 75
    The songs prove, yet again, that the Descendents’ best cuts fully transcend their genre. They may be punk in speed, but it’s not their velocity that makes them lovable. It’s their tunes.
  5. Jul 29, 2016
    70
    Descendents are playing punk rock for the same reasons they always did--they want to, and they need to--and the fact they can mature while sounding thoroughly like themselves makes Hypercaffium Spazzinate a welcome late-era addition to their catalog.
  6. Jul 27, 2016
    70
    Hypercaffium could have been just another instalment in Descendents' long and fruitful career, and that would have been just fine; its biggest surprise is that it offers fans something new if nevertheless familiar, thereby cementing the band's continued relevance after all these years.
  7. Jul 26, 2016
    60
    It’s unlikely to bend too many fresh young minds to their cause, but nearly 40 years since the band first formed, that seems like a secondary concern. Some reservations, but good work all in.

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  1. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    An album worthy of holding up Descendents' legacy. While nothing will beat Milo Goes to College, This is still a very good album, it hasAn album worthy of holding up Descendents' legacy. While nothing will beat Milo Goes to College, This is still a very good album, it has something for veterans and newcomers alike. Easily the best album of the year, worth the money, and worth rating a 10. I highly recommend this album. Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2016
    7
    Solid release, It may take a few more listenings to get into as much as I have with Cool to Be You. Majority of tracks here are shorter andSolid release, It may take a few more listenings to get into as much as I have with Cool to Be You. Majority of tracks here are shorter and kinda resembling some earlier material such as Enjoy. Expand