Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #472 / 762
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2016 Ratings: #535
July 29, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label
Punk Rock, Pop Punk / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

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


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.

The Guardian

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

NOW Magazine

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

The Needle Drop

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

Underrated! How can they be this old and still have so much energy?
Same as before, but now they're even older.
This album went way above my expectations. In a year where pop punk has been done so wrong, the Descendents do it right.
With "Hypercaffium Spazzinate", The Descendents remind the punk rock community that they--fathers of the modern punk scene--can still dish out an onslaught of force. Bands frequently try to reinvent themselves (especially if they've been around over 30 years), but The Descendents understand that their true value lies in their roots, which is exactly what this LP delves back into, featuring many songs under the two-minute mark.

Notable Songs: "Feel This"; "Shameless ... read more
Descendents use a tried and tested method to release a solid album, and while Hypercaffium Spazzinate doesn't reach the dizzy heights of some of their earlier material, that Descendents sound and feel that punk fans have grown to love is still very much there in abundance.

Favourite song - Without Love
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Track List

  1. Feel This
  2. Victim of Me
  3. On Paper
  4. Shameless Halo
  5. No Fat Burger
  6. Testosterone
  7. Without Love
  8. We Got Defeat
  9. Smile
  10. Limiter
  11. Fighting Myself
  12. Spineless and Scarlet Red
  13. Human Being
  14. Full Circle
  15. Comeback Kid
  16. Beyond the Music
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