Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Ratings: #589 / 947
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Based on 56 ratings
2016 Ratings: #420
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Arriving 12 years on from their last album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate is a comeback album of blistering proportions.

80
Spin

The Descendents’ energy never lags for 36 minutes; Hypercaffium Spazzinate is a hell of an argument for why proven punk bands should take all the time they need for their new album.

80
The Guardian

At a time when some punk bands have struggled to summon old glories, staying the same feels like a victory.

75
Consequence of Sound

Hypercaffium Spazzinate showcases a version of Descendents that’s visibly but not audibly older. The group is no less energetic here than they were during their heyday.

75
Entertainment Weekly

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.

75
A.V. Club

While Hypercaffium Spazzinate lacks the soaring highs of the Descendents’ earlier works, sticking to a tight punk formula keeps any unlistenable songs from seeping in either.

75
Under The Radar

These are 16 full-on punk rock blasts with little time to hold your breath, but repeated listening reveals hidden layers of melody of nuance that is easy to miss with the initial short, sharp shock.

73
Pitchfork

The 16-track effort avoids over-aggression or extensive political chatter, instead relying on humor, honesty, and personal experience to power their musical and thematic engines, with considerable success.

70
Exclaim!

Its biggest surprise is that it offers fans something new if nevertheless familiar, thereby cementing the band's continued relevance after all these years.

70
AllMusic

This music is taut and satisfying, and if there are plenty of pop-punk bands doing something similar these days, the Descendents fathered this sound, and they still deliver with an enthusiasm that makes all the difference.

70
PopMatters

The way all these elements of self-reference and anxiety and nostalgia and celebration come together make the album strikingly complex, but there’s also the simple joy of these riffs, these choruses, the sheer, unstoppable, catchy speed of these songs.

60
The Skinny

For all the bands who tried to ape Descendents over the years, no one ever really managed to sound quite like them; there's a unique approach to rhythm and structure that keeps 'em fresh, and occasionally even makes Hypercaffium feel like something of a triumph.

60
Rolling Stone

The melodies are strong, the musicianship is still leagues beyond their peers and they still have an innate sense of when to end a song before it drags on too long.

60
No Ripcord

Hypercaffium Spanninate delivers those urgent punk-pop jams with an amiability that befits their status as middle-aged mentors to the misfits and the dissented voices.

60
NOW Magazine

No matter how sobering Hypercaffium Spazzinate gets, Descendents keep things light by playing these wistful, grown-ass songs like teenagers.

50
The Needle Drop

Famed punk outfit Descendents makes another mild return with Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

Barelydead
70
Descendents' latest comeback album is the typical Punk Rock album, which automatically means that is not an essential release, I don't think that there were high ambitions behind this record in the first place and I don't think that the band reunited to make a statement either. However that doesn't mean is horrible album, actually all the songs here are more or less decent. The first half was quite tiring at moments, but the second half was more energetic, still predictable but quite ... read more
Goggles_
80
they've still got it.

it's great to see that even in a genre where a lot of bands go bad after their peak, descendents are still able to make a good to great album, especially with improvements on the lyrical department (yes, they're still corny, but its mature corniness and its part of the charm.) some great lyrical moments include the energetic opener "feel this", the very catchy "on paper" (one of my favorite descendents songs), the ever corny "without love", ... read more
Flexreviews
90
After 10 years the boys come back with a pure killer on par with their old material
72
It's a good album filled with raw punk energy and pop tunes and hooks
Nothing new and that's what kills it.
PitchforkClone
73
*Hypercaffium Spazzinate *is the first LP in over 12 years from the California pop-punk icons, and it relies on the same humor, honesty, and personal experience that has always powered their music.

The Descendents didn’t set out to become heroes of punk rock–if anything, they came together to earnestly troll it. The California group seemed innocent enough when they formed in the late ‘70s: four guys from Manhattan Beach playing cheeky hardcore songs about coffee, crushes, and ... read more
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Added on: June 8, 2016